Typical Contributions that are considered as Acts of Philanthropy
Philanthropy is a sincere act of a person to donate a property, money and service to people in great needs. The amount of services or money donated would not matter even if person has only given a small amount as it is still considered as an act of philanthropy. This can be done by various organizations and corporations but this term is usually associated with a family or a team and individuals.
The person who practices this charitable act is known as a philanthropist. Many people are using this word when describing a person who gives millions to charitable institutions. But if you think more about it, the sacrifice can be notable on the people who give smaller amounts than the rich who shares a million. This is because they are sacrificing more of their income than the rich ones. However, these small amounts may not be recognized by many people in the world and even if they are given the same importance the title would be only used for those with large contributions.
Some of the contributions made in philanthropy include the following;
- 1. In the Form of Money – This is usually given directly to those who are in need or to organizations and charitable institutions which will be used for the purpose of buying materials and goods needed by less fortunate people. Many philanthropists donate a portion of their income known as a tithe to religious organizations with the same charitable purpose. Others are giving their financial assets to universities which will be used to buy school facilities to improve their educational system. Some philanthropist are also giving their money when they die by stating it in there will wherein they will have to mention the person or the people as well as the charitable organization who can benefit from the amount.
- 2. Offered Volunteer Services – These are given to people who need assistance. Any person who spares his time and skills to another individual may be called a philanthropist. The widely recognized philanthropic act is shown by people who travel to go on a medical mission whether locally or internationally. Individuals who are gifted with specialized knowledge can use their skills to serve people who cannot afford to hire an expensive lawyer and may need legal assistance. Those have teaching skills may volunteer to offer services to tutor children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. Simple services like cleaning another person’s yard or fixing their broken stairs or repairing their homes can be called a philanthropic act.
- 3. Property or belongings – A property can be also donated by a philanthropist just like money but this may not be handled well by some charities because not all people may need a specific item. Larger charitable institutions; however, are accepting all donations even special gifts such as real estate and vehicles. Property donations that are most acceptable in smaller charitable institutions are clothes or useful garments, electronic equipment, canned goods and pre-packaged foods. These normally go to charity centers. Unpackaged food that is directly donated by corporations and business can be also accepted.
- 4. A part of oneself – Any person who is willing to donate a part of him to save the life of another is a benevolent act of philanthropy but this is often overlooked by many. The most common example is blood donation. A person can also donate his kidney to let another person survive.
There are many ways that you can help other people in your area which can be considered as a philanthropic act. Even in death, people can even give a heartfelt service by donating their organs to those who might need them.
Deborah Miguel is a volunteer of an international charitable organization. In her advocacy, she focuses on providing services to people who are especially in need of physical assistance of Elizabeth Rehnke. As philanthropy, he has travelled to places and witness real difficult situations experienced by many people.