Do More Good - The Importance of Giving
John G. Moore, Sr. | Vice President, NeighborGood Partners Board of Directors
Director, Philanthropy and Engagement, United Way of Delaware
Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else”.
For more than 15 years I have been in the business of fundraising. This vocation is not for the faint of heart because it can be difficult sometimes hearing the word “NO” so often.
But the reason I continue in this field is because I truly know the importance of ensuring resources are there for the people who need them most.
As one who grew up in poverty on the tough streets of North Philadelphia, I knew what it was like to have scarce rations, inadequate housing and a lack of transportation. Through the fundraising efforts of many of the organizations that supported my family, we were able to get sufficient food, keep on the lights, have heat in the winter, and be able to have adequate housing. This was all made possible through the wonderful acts of philanthropists who had a heart of empathy and a mindset to make a positive impact on someone in need through giving.
Philanthropy can take many forms. It can be composed of long-term giving to just contributing for an immediate need on a one-time basis. It’s defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, normally through the generous donation of money to good causes. Giving through one’s charity has the power to inspire lasting social and economic change.
When an organization receives support, a ‘ripple effect’ takes place internally and externally. Many lives are touched, potentially for generations.
Philanthropy can be looked at as one of the cornerstones of a stable society. When people come together to help others, whether donating money or time, we’re reminded what it means to be human. And from there, communities grow stronger. That’s why fundraising is so important. The contributions that are made to a not-for-profit organization become the livelihood of any community based group. Nonprofit fundraising allows their organization to fund its mission, pay overhead costs, develop educational programs, and make improvements that will aid potential clients who make use of their services. No matter how big or small your nonprofit is, fundraising is an essential component to your business model.
So today, March 2nd starting at 6:00 PM until March 3rd at 6:00 PM, make a donation during the Do More 24 Delaware Campaign.
Do More 24 Delaware is designed to be a fun and easy way for the entire community to impact philanthropy and be inspired to donate to nonprofits serving Delaware. It is a unique 24-hour giving event that showcases the amazing and vital work of nonprofit organizations serving our state. The goal is to inspire Delawareans to come together for 24 hours and contribute as much as they can financially to the causes and organizations that they support. So please make a positive impact by making a donation.
It will really lift someone up in need.
Watch Good Morning, Wilmington (aired October 31, 2022) with our Executive Director, Karen Speakman, Board Vice President, John Moore, and Homeownership Client, John Waters as we talk about the services NeighborGood Partners provides and the lives we touch.