If you happen to be someone who loves to serve others in one way or the other, be it through volunteering, making monetary donations or through other efforts, you might find yourself discussing these efforts with others from time to time. This usually happens when you meet someone with similar interest or just wanting to convince others to participate or Contribute to your efforts.
Whatever your reasons are for sharing what you do for charity, it is important to ask yourself one important question: “Is this effort or charity work or my sharing of it with others be it in a conversation, or posted on social media, a means to feed my own ego or a genuine interest in helping others”.
I have caught myself making some errors in the past in my excitement to make a positive change and make an impact in my community through volunteering and other charity work by sharing or announcing what we did on social media. Even though the intention was to encourage others to help our efforts, the postings and announcements did not convey the message appropriately, rather they came across as though I or my organization was showing off how good we were doing. Not only did this approach come across as condescending and pious, they also hindered our progress and efforts and any help we could have gotten from the right people.
So the question then is how do you do good things, reach out to ask others to support without putting people off or misrepresenting your intentions if you may ask. To be effective in your approach to soliciting for support for your charity endeavors, it is very important to lay the emphasis on the need rather than on placing the attention on yourself. State clearly what the need is and how others can help you address the need. If you need to give further explanation or to build trust, then give a reason why anyone should trust you with their resources or money to address these needs.
If at all possible, avoid posting about yourself doing such work or events on your personal profile page, instead post a link where others can find more resources or information about the efforts and how they can contribute to the cause.
Keep the need as the prime focus and avoid talking about the cause as though it was your personal conquest. Instead of talking about how you went on a mission trip to go and build homeless shelters and sharing your faith or how you built an orphanage, talk instead about what the need is in that part of the world and what/how people can contribute to help alleviate such need(s). This will also be the right time to direct them to your organization’s website and how they can contribute if interested.
I can go on and on. Don’t feed your ego. Don’t tell others how good you are. Instead, share the need and encourage others to contribute. In all your doings, do with a pure heart, don’t let the right hand know what the left is doing and vise versa: In order words, do good without calling for attention.
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