Create a legacy that will echo in your community
Within many of us is a desire to serve a cause bigger than ourselves and make a difference – in our neighborhoods, in our country and around the globe. In fact, nearly a third of U.S. adults volunteer, and Americans donate billions of dollars to charity each year. To turn that philanthropy into a legacy, it pays to reflect on how you can best use your ideas, creativity, income and influence to help create your vision of a better world. Here are some ways to incorporate a unique sense of purpose into your life now – while you can see the impact of your good deeds.
Volunteer your time
Getting involved in charities and events can energize your giving strategy as you see firsthand the needs of the local and global community. Consider using a site like VolunteerMatch to find a nonprofit in search of your professional skillset.
Involve your family
Explaining your giving goals to your family can help amplify your influence. You could also try a volunteering vacation, where you and your family can spend a week in service to others via an organization like Global Volunteers.
Take stock of what matters
Live today, and prepare for tomorrow. Review what considerations and conversations might be helpful to your legacy planning, and what documents you should have in place.
Be an effective donor
Define the values that drive your philanthropy, then filter appeals for impulse giving by asking "is this the legacy I want to build?" A giving plan should also include financial strategies that can help maximize your charitable gifts.