The original title of this blog was “Philanthropy is Good for Business” but I struggled with this title because it sounded to me like the emphasis was on reward not on service. Yes, I do think philanthropy can be good for business but not in the traditional sense that it will bring more revenue or enhance the company’s reputation. I believe that true philanthropy changes people’s hearts, it takes the focus off themselves and turns it to the benefit of others. In an article, I read recently the author* wrote: “Our giving must point back to Christ!” and “Christians give because Christ in in them. Simple as that!” I couldn’t agree more, Christ changes who we are, He changes our heart! The life Christ lived was a life of service, a life of setting the example.
I also believe that giving starts with the leader, does he or she have a vision for helping, for improving the lives of others, sharing the love of Jesus in action? How does philanthropy align with the vision and values of the organization?
Philanthropy can take many forms but to have the most impact it must be experienced, service in action. It also doesn’t have to be grandiose, it starts in our local community. Simple activities like supporting a local mission with your gifts but also your hands. Work projects that enhance the lives of others, improve living conditions, feeding and clothing the poor.
Service to others can have lasting effect on any company. Individually it gives us a sense of self satisfaction in contributing to the better of others. It builds team unity when employees work together to help others. The lasting value is that the team recognizes that leadership has a bigger vision than profits.
At the end of the day, everything we do should reflect the love of Jesus to all we serve. Take the opportunity to share this love by praying for the people being served, share the good news of Jesus. Sharing the Gospel, reflecting the love of Christ is the greatest form of philanthropy.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38