Posted by: Suresh Sundarababu | July 13, 2013

Leading a Social Change Vs. Charity

Leading a Social Change Vs. Charity

There is a huge difference between writing a check for a cause and leading a social change to make the world you touch a better place!

Don’t get me wrong. Without those generous checks there will be no change and it is the lifeline to countless organization leading the change worldwide. And the volume of small checks allows an easy way for individuals to be part of the change.

But money alone will not bring about sustainable change. To go beyond just stopping the bleeding and to solve root causes of these problems what is needed are passion, commitment and leadership. The author in the article (link above) explains very well the difference between charity and strategic philanthropy. As he states both are necessary, but it is imperative to be strategic to eliminate the root cause and make sure the resources are going towards ling term fixes.

African Leadership Bridge (www.africanleadershipbridge.org) is just one example of a non-profit that is trying to be strategic in its mission to bring about sustainable change to Africa by educating and mentoring outstanding students in the US with a vision for them to go back and lead the creation of an Africa where all its citizens have an opportunity to realize their full potential.

Every single person can be strategically charitable if they just chose to give little bit more of their time and passion to a cause near and dear to them.  As Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”.

Here is to hoping that you get inspired today to change the world around you one step at a time!

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