Especially around Christmas time, the spirit of giving is pretty high on everyone's radar. For a lot of us, giving usually constitutes donating to causes or charities that we care about.

This got me thinking, for every dollar we donated, what if we donated a minute of our time? That could add up to a lot!

My experience volunteering with non-profits has shown that they rely heavily on the support of volunteers. With a lack of funding, trying to achieve what they have set out to takes a lot of man power, creative resource usage, and sometimes stress. Lately, I've tried to assess my own activity, trying to figure out how I can be more walk and less talk. I find that I'm really excited about getting involved in the causes I care about, microfinance, womens issues, and sustainability for example. Volunteering my time on the Boards and Executive committees of organizations that support this type of effort energizes me. It need not be non-profit orgs that you volunteer with, my point is wherever you see an opportunity to make an impact, do it!

So, while giving of our wallets is also really important, I imagine the impact of giving of our time could exponentially increase the value of those same dollars! As an MBA, I'm all about more bang for your buck! Just some food for thought :)

Charity Village is a great resource to find volunteer opportunities if you don't know where to start. Check out this link and find your next new Social Good project! I guarantee it will be an amazing experience.

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