Do you see yourself as a traditional philanthropist or are you more of a social entrepreneur? What’s the difference?
Consider these resources as you begin to shape your vision of your role in philanthropy.
Completing the activity: Complete this special worksheet that provides questions for Next Gen Donors to consider, including:
Completing the activity: The following questions, developed by The Philanthropic Initiative and shared in their guide, "Passion: Discovering the meaning in Your philanthropy," can serve as a helpfu catalyst for reflecting on your personal values and the relationship of those values to your charitable giving.
List 3-5 formative experiences in your life. How did they shape your core values:
List 3 people (they could be people you know or historic figures) who have been strong influences on you. What values did they transmit to you?
Completing the activity: Use the tools from Inspired Philanthropy to help you create a plan for your personal giving and legacy. Inspired Philanthropy explains how to make a difference by creating giving and legacy plans, tells what questions to ask nonprofits, and spells out how to help partner with advisors and nonprofit leaders for inspired outcomes.
Connect with Next Gen Peers and nonprofits in your community
Completing the activity: Participate in a next generation fellowship or training program, such as those offered by Exponent Philanthropy, community foundations such as the Greater Houston Community Foundation; or the Council of Michigan Foundations. These programs offer structured learning opportunities for young adults, usually between the ages of 18-35, through speakers, trainings, site visits and facilitated giving exercises.
Sometimes jumping into a project is the best way to shape your giving interests. Dosomething.org is one of the largest global organizations for young people focused on social change. With more than 3.8 million members, it is an online resource for volunteer activism and campaigns on targeted issues.