If you are planning to take up a philanthropic project or want to know how you can create some life- changing impacts among a group of people or communities, you will get some ideas here. Remember philanthropy is not just about some rich people giving away money to the needy, but it is much more than that. If you want your ideas to work, you have to work very hard. So, before embarking on a philanthropic journey, you have to research and learn in details about it.
When you begin a philanthropic initiative you cannot support some and ignore others in a group, you have to understand each member of the community or group. Your work should address the pressing needs of people or communities living under poor or disastrous conditions and improve their lives and support them with services or finances. You should try to empower the group/s of people or community with the tools, facilities, education and information they need so that they are able to address their needs themselves in the long run.
Connect with the Community
In your philanthropic journey, your contribution should be important to the community or the people you want to help. So, you have to understand what they need the most and set the process of empowering accordingly. You should try to find out government and private schemes and programs to connect them and assist them wherever you can. You have to make them understand the power of bonding and bring them together. This will help the community members reach their goals faster. You must understand that you are trying to improve their lives and help them become self-sufficient and that you will not always be there beside them. So, each member of the community must contribute
something to understand their responsibilities. It may not be a huge part initially, but it will provide them with confidence and pride and slowly and steadily bring about the change they need.
Collaborate, to Support
Once you start philanthropic work, you will understand you cannot work alone, but need to collaborate with others to offer long-term help and development of the community. For instance, if you are an author and writing a book, you cannot write it, print it, publish it and sell it, all by yourself. As a writer, you will need a printing firm, a publishing house and a marketing agency and so on for your book to reach the market. Similarly, during any disaster, be it natural or man-made—helping people in distress is a huge responsibility and cannot be done by a single organization. People with various expertise have to come together to help those in need. Even during the initial pandemic waves, innumerable partnerships were forged between non-profit groups and state and local administrations for the successful inoculation of citizens.
Find a Mission
Once you decide about the cause and strategy for your life-changing philanthropic work, you can create a clear mission statement. It should cover the essence and purpose of your organization. If you have a clear mission statement it will help you create a greater impact and reach for the community and your partners, donors, and people at large, as well. It will also help you to bond with your staff under a clear direction and goal.
Don’t Avoid Failures
Your team working in the field should not worry about bringing in bad news. Try to keep calm and understand the issue and how best to deal with them. If you handle failures well, it will help you grow trust among your staff and the community. And when you have any good news, always share it and celebrate with all the stakeholders. This will inspire your team and the community and all others involved in the work.
Build a Strong Team
It is very important to have a strong and dedicated team that will be working on the field. Once you have some people, you can begin the work and keep adding more people who believe in your idea to see the changes you wish to bring about among the people you want to help. You must lead the way and try to understand the representatives of the community more. You and your team will have to take time out to spend with these people and learn everything you need to know about them to bring about the required advancements.
Know Your Supporters
Your biggest supporters are business houses and individuals whose ideas match the purpose and principles of your life-changing work. You must share your organization’s success stories so that you can strengthen your relationship with them and attract other prospective donors. If the goals and visions for
the philanthropic program of a big corporate house match your goal and purpose, your relationship with it will become stronger and the organization can become your key partner. You must also work with the government if you want to expand and help more people in need grow in life.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.