Aspire to Give:® How to Create a More Meaningful Life through Your Giving

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We all have varying degrees of gifts to give, but there are common threads that weave the giving blanket together—time, talents, ties and treasure. These are the elements that we each have in our wheelhouse of giving. Deciding how and when to disperse these personal gifts of giving will vary as much as the individuals doing the giving. Therefore, a certain amount of reflection is required to even step onto the ball field and a certain level of commitment is required to pick up the bat.

How intentional are you with your giving? In other words, have you given any thought to those receiving your generosity? The purpose of this blog is to help you become more intentional by outlining the three beneficiary categories of your giving heart—whether that be the giving of your time, your talents, your financial resources, or your connections you have with others that can help facilitate a greater impact for social good.

Often times in our charitable giving, we don't give much thought to the finer points. We might not know who to give to, how much to give or whether our gift is actually having an impact. In looking more closely at our overall giving—smart, impactful, focused, and intentional giving—it is more complicated than it seems at first glance.

To understand where we are going, it’s always a good idea to look back at where we’ve been. This holds true for the ever-evolving world of philanthropy as well. In fact, now is a good time to reflect and plan for the shift in perspective that is taking place in the philanthropic sector. To accommodate these new emerging facets in philanthropy, new roles and opportunities are coming to fruition.

As a donor advocate and realizing that many people love their hometowns—their local communities—I recently attended the 2018 Growing Community Foundation Conference held in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 14-16, hosted by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations.

Whether you are intentional or not, you are creating your own personal and family legacy. Your legacy is what you leave behind when you pass on, and it reflects all the good you have done in this world. One of the measurable components of your legacy is the lasting impact you have through improving the lives of future generations.

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If you are interested in learning more about Aspire to Give®'s pursuit to advance philanthropy through donor-focused education, social innovation, collaboration, and advocacy, please reach out to Greg Doepke: Greg@AspiretoGive.com

Disclosure: Greg Doepke is the founder and principal of Aspire to Give®, a social enterprise that donates 100% of all profits to charity and is dedicated to unleashing the human spirit to advance philanthropy through donor education, social innovation, collaboration, and advocacy.
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