Soaking up the summer philanthropy

Summer is on the horizon (really, it is!), and with that comes the summer-slump for many of us. We don’t want to be spending the beautiful days in the office, we want to be at the pool, on the beach, on the court, in the garden, napping on a hammock or playing with the kids. How can you keep up that philanthropic momentum, even when you’re being pulled toward the summer sun?

  • Find charitable opportunities taking place outside: Want to enjoy the outdoors AND give back? Get involved with or plan a charitable event outside so you can soak in the rays while also embracing your passion for philanthropy.
  • Volunteer abroad: Planning family vacations? Look for a chance to do some good while you’re out-and-about exploring the country and the world. There are so many organizations that would love your help on a short-term or a long-term basis, so use your vacation to both feel good, and do good.
  • Move your office: This one is easy – move your office outside! If you don’t have to be tied to your desk, transition your office to an outside location or create a home office where you can enjoy the flexibility to work from a patio, kitchen table or poolside.
  • Get the fam involved: Have some fun (or extremely tedious) tasks that your kiddos can help out with? Bring them to the office to help! Whether it is stuffing goodie bags for an upcoming raffle, counting tickets for a gala, filing papers or doing some office deep-cleaning, find some chances to merge your family time and work time.
  • Save yourself some time: Are you still managing spreadsheets full of donor data? That’s not cool in any season, but especially in the summer months when you don’t want to be stuck in the office burning daylight searching through Excel sheets! Implement nonprofit CRM/donor management software so that you can electronically store donor data, making it easy to search and quick to update and segment.

You don’t have to miss out on the summer fun just because you work in the crazy nonprofit field! Pack your summer full of philanthropy, family and fun.