Sharing with People is a very special and personal experience. “When You know You have more than enough and You have decided to share with People”, you’re ready for your adventure to begin.
Beginning to share directly with “People” at first glance can feel a bit overwhelming. Who do I help? Where do I help? How much do I share? What type of support do I provide? These are among the myriad of questions which will forever rumble through your head once you begin and onwards.
1. Why have you decided to pursue this goal of sharing with People?
2. What are You personally looking to get out of this experience?
3. What is it that you would like to share with People? Is it something tangible, religious, a service or is it the empowerment of People through your sharing you wish to provide?
4. What do you think the People would ask for, if you asked their opinions and allowed them choices in this process? Would that process make you nervous?
5. Will providing the People the Self-Determination or “the freedom to choose”, provide a “spark of Joy” to them while receiving your support?
6. Will your support provide Dignity and Respect for the People in your process?
7. Will your support provide the People a gateway to “life skills lessons” which can be used down the road?
8. Will you ever regret sharing any particular amount with People?
1. Listen to the People and ask them collectively “What do you need, how can we help you?”
2. Listen to your heart and stomach then let go of control to the People in this process just like you would want.
3. Start small and grow slowly, listening to what feels right for you.
4. Trust and empower the elderly women in the communities if in doubt.
5. Let communities select their leaders among themselves to complete their own Projects.
6. If you allow communities to decide their projects, they simply cannot make a mistake as long as it is their collective community’s decision.
7. If a community elects to pool your contribution or gift and build a small school, a greenhouse, purchase computers, seek medical services, legal advice, purchase clothing, food stocks, use for refugee spending money or any other items they deem necessary, it’s all good. There are no wrong answers when it comes to providing Respect and Dignity to People as long as you listen to them and include them in the process.
8. Be 100% transparent within the community allowing everyone to listen and be a part of the process, then you’ll get 100% buy-in by each community member. This transparency will also mitigate theft within the community since everyone will know exactly what’s going on.
9. Consider giving cash, this is what you would want right if in need? (see explanation below)
10. Consider tax deductibility of your gifts. Cost = (1-marginal tax rate)
11. Enjoy Your Journey
People in all reaches of our planet know exactly what they need and what is most important to them since they are the ones living this adversity, not us. By giving unconditionally and by Respectfully Sharing with People, this wins the hearts of everyone in the community; however, most Westerners cannot grasp this “letting go of control paradigm shift” which is so ingrained in the traditional philanthropy model. Success will happen on its own with these People if you believe in them and allow them to do it for themselves. Our view is that, “it is less important to get it right”, than it is about rebuilding Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Dignity & Respect for each person in a marginalized & oppressed community. These communities need a “second chance in life”, consider being their Avatar and helping.
Consider cash as the blood in the veins of a community. After you infuse cash into communities, then what? Unless the money is buried in a jar under a tree and never found or taken by a bad guy, it is always used and put to work purchasing desperately needed items for families. People know what they need most and can almost always purchase it locally cheaper than we can especially after we must pay for delivery costs. This new money within each community is exchanged over and over buying and selling items is called the “Velocity of Money”. When community members take their money to purchase something, someone makes a sale and a profit is made, the seller in turn has more money to purchase items they need continuing the flow of that same money over and over. This repeated process allows the total economy to expand where many, many people feel your capital infusion and benefits of your gift. Without cash, many oppressed communities die like the human body without the continuous flow of blood providing oxygen. As a “worst case scenario”, your arrival with needed cash at least pumps fresh life into the economic veins of the communities you support; however, we know it will do much, much more.
If we have inspired you to help People, we’d love to hear from you and to offer free consultation to facilitate Your dreams.