Flex Those Philanthropic Muscles

Flex your philanthropic muscles -- giving back, even when you're broke

10 Ways to Give Back, Even When You’re Broke

You dream of a better world, a world without poverty, racism, sexism, cancer, etc....

You know there are plenty of great organizations that work hard to try and make a change for the better, that are fighting to resolve even the smallest injustice in your community. And you want to help, too.

Only one problem... you’re broke.

So, what do you do?

Do you resign yourself to the fact that, while people fight for change, you fight to make your rent and maybe occasionally enjoy a drink with friends? Are you so busy trying to make your hustle, side hustle, and side-side hustle work that you’re simply too overwhelmed to focus on anything else?


If this sounds like you, don’t worry. There’s plenty of ways for you to flex your philanthropic muscles in your everyday life without breaking the (already-broken) bank.

10 simple acts of kindness that go a long way:

  1. Take somebody else’s shift, or stay late at the office for a coworker so they can spend time with a loved one.

  2. Help a stranger dig their car out of the snow.

  3. Pick up a package of new underwear or feminine hygiene products when you’re at Walmart and donate them to a local shelter (make sure the item goes to the appropriate shelter, i.e. children’s underwear to a family shelter).

  4. Invite a coworker out for a walk when they’re going through a hard time.

  5. Prepare an easily-frozen meal for a friend after a big life event (like having a baby, the death of a close family member, or even if they’ve broken their arm).

  6. Donate any extra blankets or pet treats you may have to a local animal shelter.

  7. Offer to do donation pick-ups and drop-offs for a charity.

  8. Bring a tray of treats to those that have to work on holidays (like nurses or firefighters).

  9. Offer a listening ear to someone that needs to be heard.

  10. Run errands or do chores for a friend in need.

Most of these acts involve a little time, and some involve a little money, but they are all designed to make things a little easier, a little happier, and a little more functional for the people around you. Never underestimate the impact of even the smallest act of kindness or philanthropy.

Although your long-term goal may be to end hunger or to make sure no child ever has to grow up alone, it may be a while before you have the means to fully support organizations that share your vision for a better future. But offering the gift of your time, or even a few dollars, go a long way, too!

What’s your favourite way to show a little kindness in the community? Let us know in the comments!

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