Philanthropy does not only mean giving away money. Philanthropy means giving of yourself: Your time, your energy, your knowledge. It’s not hard. Start small.

There are so many little ways in which you can do a kindness for someone, even without them even knowing. Go on, give it a try. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

At the checkout line, when asked if you want to donate a dollar to something, always say yes! So easy.

Bring in your neighbor’s garbage cans.

Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru (or getting on the Causeway!)

Leave a goodie and card for your mail carrier.

Be extra generous to service providers.

Let someone in front of you in the busy, busy grocery line.

Hand out compliments like they are free.

Cook a meal for an elderly or lonely neighbor.

Babysit for a single parent.

Drop fuzzy blankets or treats at your local animal shelter.

Bring cookies to a fire or police station.

Donate blood.

Find a charity’s public wish list on Amazon and purchase something they need.

Wrap up inexpensive blankets, lotion and fuzzy socks and drop them at a nursing home for those who will not have guests on Christmas.


These are just a few ideas … There is so much more you can do!