3 Simple Ways to Establish Yearly Giving Goals
It’s the beginning of a brand new year and for many that means it’s time to make some changes. While most people set resolutions to improve themselves, like losing weight, eating healthier, and going to the gym, we encourage you to also look outside yourself this time of year.
January is a perfect time to set your intentions for the remainder of the year. On the heels of the holiday season, you can easily gain perspective and appreciate what you have. In light of this, January is also perfect for setting giving goals for the remaining days of 2016.
Giving oftentimes falls to the wayside. After paying for all of life’s necessities and running from one activity to the next, it’s easy to forget to set any time or money aside. By establishing goals at the beginning of the year, you’ll help ensure your success for months to come. Here’s how to do it:
1. Set daily goals.
When you look over the course of a year at all of the giving you’d like to accomplish, it can be a bit overwhelming. Start by breaking bigger goals down into smaller ones that you can accomplish day-to-day. Daily giving should be easy, whether it’s being generous with your spouse, children, or extended family, giving your talents and knowledge freely at work, or simply holding the door for strangers in public. Increasing your everyday generosity is simple and goes a long way. Smaller, bite-sized goals also help you stay on track and focused, instead of becoming overwhelmed by larger ones.
2. Set weekly goals.
Weekly giving goals are a little bigger than your daily generosity objectives. They require a bit more time or financial giving. They start to push you to think outside yourself and get out of your normal routine to help others. Whether you donate weekly to your charity of choice or volunteer your time one night out of the week at the local hospital or food bank. Starting out, your weekly goal could be as simple as getting the neighborhood kids together and coaching a game of ball. The point of weekly goals is to get you thinking outside of yourself and your family to see the needs of others around you. With this outlook, you’ll be able to easily identify areas of need in your community and around the world.
3. Set monthly goals.
Every month you should consider taking on one big giving project, whether it’s giving or your time or giving financially. If you’re a parent, get your kids involved in acts of generosity early by including them!
Monthly acts of generosity should take you outside your comfort zone and get you involved in your community or an interest group who could really benefit from your giving. Host a carwash and donate the proceeds to a homeless shelter. Volunteer an entire Saturday to cleaning up a community park or planting a local garden. You can also tie your giving into the seasons as well. In the winter, throw a coat and warm clothing drive for underprivileged children in your neighborhood. During the long, hot days of summer, hand out bottles of water. Over the holidays, serve meals to those less fortunate or collect gift boxes for children who would otherwise go without.
By looking over the coming year, while 2016 is still fresh and new, and establishing goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, being more generous all year will become much less intimidating and you are more likely to succeed. Giving is an important part of the human experience, and by establishing goals this way, you’ll reap the simple pleasures of being generous with others for the rest of the year.