It’s the first of the year. Happy New Year! And a lot of people I know are getting sick … catching colds, coughing, sneezing, chills … all kinds of contagious stuff. It always happens this time of year. So, it made me think about things that are contagious … you know, germs, bad moods, and everything depressing.
Then, it dawned on me – there are lots of good things that are contagious … smiles, laughter and – even philanthropy. Yes, philanthropy is contagious.
From gala’s, to walk’s to campaigns to even leaving an organization in your will – it’s contagious. How often have you volunteered for something, told a friend and the next time that friend joins you? Just a few weeks ago a friend sent out an e-mail asking people to bring coats to a workshop he was participating in. I gathered my coats together – then sent out my own e-mail. And lo and behold – a large bag of coats arrived at my front door to donate. Giving is very catchy. And it feels good, too.
People want to give – they’re waiting to be asked and when you set the process in motion – it picks up steam and more people seem to jump on board.
So, whether you believe in making resolutions or just doing the best you can – remember, next time you’re volunteering, attending a committee meeting, making a contribution to something you believe in, or attending an event – ask a friend to join you. Philanthropy is contagious.
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