Congratulations. You’ve worked hard, built a business and can now enjoy the fruits of an impressive level of personal wealth.
In recent times, you’ve shifted your focus beyond the day to day grind of your core business. Now you want to engage in a deeper level of corporate philanthropy. Spread your wealth around, say thank you to the world for your good fortune, step back and figure out how you can really make a difference in the big picture of your local or global community.
Sure, you’ve always been generous when it comes to sponsoring charity fundraisers, snapping up items at the silent auction, throwing your company logo around town. That sort of thing. When nonprofits (or your alma mater) ask for money, you usually say yes.
But now you’re ready to step up your game and really burnish your legacy.
So you’re taking things to the next level. Starting with joining the board of your favorite nonprofit. Bravo! Board service is a gift that keeps giving, allowing you to lend your expertise, skills, and network of contacts to charities that are hungry for myriad areas of leadership. It’s a critical asset to nonprofits and an invaluable source of personal and professional growth for you. Not to mention an elegant way to raise your company’s profile in the community.
You’re fired up, boarded up, and now have a real stake in a charity that you’re helping to steer. You understand the issues, have a vision for the future and are driven by a sense of urgency to bring new ideas to this cause. Next stop: changing the world.
Fantastic! But can we pause for a moment?