Before we go on… With all the ideas we share, instead of simply finding ways to give to an existing charity event, see if there is an opportunity to start or host an event.

For example, a local coffee shop wants to do a coat drive in the Autumn to help the homeless. One shop by itself could do pretty well… But, what if that coffee shop pulled together all the coffee and tea places in town and coordinated the project?

Yes, it would be more work than just putting out a sign and a box, but what an impact they would have! They would go from collecting a dozen coats to hundreds. Awareness would extend beyond the walls of the business to the entire community.

Look for ways like this example to make the reach of your work go beyond just your location.