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Why You Should Consider Joining a Nonprofit Board

It’s never too late to try something new in life. Likewise, don’t let the fear of being too young stop you from going after something you truly want. After all, you’re never too young or too old to make a difference in the world.

Joining a nonprofit board will not only benefit a nonprofit organization, but it will provide amazing benefits to fill up your cup (figuratively speaking, of course). Let’s explore some great reasons to either join or expand your efforts with a nonprofit board.

Things You’ll Need to Join a Board

  • Time to Give
    Different nonprofit boards have different time commitments. Find out the commitment before you pledge to help. If you can’t find the time, there are always alternative ways to contribute.
  • Talents to Share
    Everybody has a strength and talent; know yours. Then use your knowledge of what you have to contribute to the betterment of the board. This could be something simple like your ability to keep people on task or something more complex like being an accountant that can provide advice on certain issues.
  • A Genuine Passion for the Cause
    It’s as simple as that—without passion, you’ll lose interest in the board. With passion, you’ll continue to have the drive to lend your talents to help a board succeed.

Meet New People with Common Interests
When you put multiple brains together that all have a common passion, wonderful things happen. Have you ever heard the expression “two heads are better than one?” It’s exactly like that—put multiple people in one room who all have the best interests of an organization in mind and magical things will happen. The possibilities for new ideas are endless.

Boost Your Resume
One opportunity leads to another, leads to another. It’s not selfish to want to boost your resume, as long as that’s not your only motivation for joining a board. Plus, joining one board will give you even more experience to join another board and leave an even bigger mark on the world.

Become a Mentor for Future Board Members
If you’re a seasoned veteran in the nonprofit sector as a board member, consider mentoring the up-and-coming class of future board influencers. Everybody starts somewhere. Seek out some stand-out talent that you’ve seen involved in the lifeblood of your organization. Lend them your expertise if they’re willing to listen. You won’t be disappointed in watching them grow and impact the organization.

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Participate in (or Start!) a Community Give-Back Day

You’ve probably at least heard of giving days that are taking the fundraising community by storm. Here’s how it works—many times, a foundation will pledge a certain amount of funds to match contributions on a specific day. Multiple charities can participate, and the whole community benefits. Tons of people rally around one community on one day to give funds and give back.

While giving days are an awesome idea, your community might not have an established day. Here’s how you can start one, plus other ideas to have impact without a giving day.

Start A Give-Back Day
Even if you can’t match funds, having a specific day to rally together helps raise awareness about giving back to the community. Sure, if there are no matching funds it doesn’t matter what day of the year people give. However, having a specific day to give will get the social chatter happening and people will hear about giving to organizations that they might not have heard about before. Awareness is a beautiful thing.

Give More than Money
If your community already has a give-back day for funds, consider adding an element of volunteerism to it. You could either host the volunteerism on the same day as the give-back day, or you could choose a separate day solely for volunteerism. This will also help provide an option for people who would like to contribute, but can’t necessarily contribute cash. Plus, organizations can use much more than just funds.

Narrow Down the Cause
Normally, give-back days are meant to focus on an entire community. While that isn’t a bad idea, you could also narrow it down even more to find donors who are most passionate about your cause.

Reach out to other organizations in your community who have the same cause, or even organizations in other communities that have the same cause. Then you can pull together. More organizations = more brain power = more success. Don’t be afraid to branch outside of your comfort zone.

If all else fails, simply promote your next local giving day to your friends. You never know who is listening out there—even one person could change a life.

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5 Ways to Exude Compassion and Impact the World

Sometimes taking a walk in somebody else’s shoes can provide a whole lot of insight. Although there are times where you’ll never fully understand the weight of the situation, compassion can help you better understand and deal with situations to help others. When you understand a situation and others can see that, they’re more likely to open up and allow you to help.

Mindfuel Daily came up with some awesome ways to show compassion each day and ultimately positively impact others. Check out their examples with our own take on how you can embody compassion for a better life.

Be Empathetic
One of the first steps in showing compassion is trying to understand the emotions of the person you’re speaking with and showing them that you understand. Mindfuel Daily suggests using certain phrases such as, “I understand.” This will help you better identify what you do and don’t understand about the situation.

Practice Selflessness
If you truly want to be compassionate, you’ll need to focus solely on how to help the person. There is a time and place for everybody’s needs, but when you’re helping somebody else their needs come first. Put them above yourself and others will do the same when you have a problem.

Always Be Kind
When somebody comes off in a harsh way, kill them with kindness. There’s no greater way to spread positivity than to be genuinely kind. That can be hard if you’re dealing with somebody who isn’t offering the same treatment toward you. However, you can turn around a situation by being kind when the other person least expects it from you.

Warm Up Communication
Offering warm communication can be a game-changer to somebody’s day. Sometimes, we might not notice that we aren’t exuding a warm communication style. Make sure you’re using proper nonverbals such as eye contact and nods. Avoid crossing your arms or other closed off mannerisms when you’re trying to show compassion.

Be Considerate
Taking judgement out of the equation is never easy. However, understand that everybody acts a certain way for a reason. Consider why somebody might choose particular actions. Better yet, ask them their motivations in a sensitive manner to better understand their actions. Showing consideration helps you earn trust and better solve problems.

Think of other ways that you can help improve your skills to be more compassionate in your everyday life when working with others. Then, go out and practice it!

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How to Give Back without Spending Money

There are many types of giving back in the world. Sometimes, that means giving money to your favorite organization or cause. However, giving isn’t always about opening your wallet to show your support.

Living an altruistic life can happen any time you put a little extra thought into your day. Check out these ways that you can show the world you care without using money to do it.

Pick Up the Phone
We all have busy lives and it’s easy to forget to keep in touch with people. Make a list of those you haven’t chatted with in a while and schedule out at least 10 minutes a week. That’s truthfully all it will take. Call up one person on your list each week and simply tell them that you’re thinking about them and some good qualities that you admire in their friendship. This tactic will help you understand why each friendship is so meaningful.

Hold the Door Open
Take the time to stop and smell the roses; or in this case, to stop and make sure you hold doors for anybody coming up behind you. Easy enough, right? A few seconds waiting to hold the door aren’t going to slow you down any, and you’ll be happy to see the reactions of others. It’s that simple!

Smile at a Stranger
Laughter really is the best medicine. It’s not always easy to keep a smile on if you’re having a bad day. Next time you’re feeling like you could use a lift, try something as simple as smiling at somebody and making eye contact. It’s a proven method to help boost your spirits, as well as somebody else’s.

Literally Lend a Hand
See somebody struggling to carry a heavy load? Literally lend them a hand. That could mean carrying their groceries or helping to clean up the yard. If you have the capability to provide added assistance, don’t take that for granted. There are plenty of people who can’t do regular activities that you might not think of. Seek them out and it will make a world of difference in their day.

Send Snail Mail
When texts are easy to send and emails come at us all day, there’s something special about receiving a message in a different way. Handwritten snail-mail used to be the norm, but these days it has fallen behind. However, that makes it all the more special. Take some time to surprise somebody with a handwritten note to show them you care.

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How to Be an Advocate for Your Favorite Cause

There comes a point where you go from being simply a bystander to a full-on advocate for a cause. Can you pinpoint when it happened for you?

Maybe you don’t have a cause that stands out that much yet. No worries—there are easy steps you can take to jump behind a cause or an organization that you love. When you become an advocate, magical things happen for the organization, and for you!

Walk the Walk
First, in order to be an advocate, you need to find a cause that you love. Find something that you can get behind and that you’re truly passionate about. Maybe that means an organization comes to mind right away and you know what you want to advocate for. Or, maybe you haven’t found the cause you love yet.

Consider what you’re passionate about. These days, there’s a cause supporting just about anything. Trust us, it probably exists. Immerse yourself in that cause. If you’re passionate about it, it’ll seem effortless to back that cause.

Wear the Brand
One of the easiest ways to get people asking questions is to wear a shirt or article of clothing that has the name of the organization or cause on it. People are curious, and they will ask what your shirt means or what the organization does.

If the cause or organization you love doesn’t have any wearable branding, now is a great time to try to get it made. If you can drum up enough interest from other advocates, the organization will most likely be behind your efforts to help raise awareness.

Talk About It
Humans are interesting creatures. Sometimes, we don’t think about doing the most simple things that can make the most difference. This step is crucial and simple—talk about the cause. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors or tell random strangers.

Starting a conversation is a simple way to bring awareness to a cause. Many times, people simply don’t know you’re passionate about something. How are they supposed to know if you don’t tell them? Make sure you’re armed with the right information so you’re portraying the cause and organization in the best light.

It’s magical to really live through and advocate for a cause. Don’t let fear hold you back from making a positive impact on this world. Jump into advocating for a cause you’re passionate about today.