Consider your values

Why do you want to give in the first place?

Often our drive to do good stems from how we approach the world. Whether you’re a seasoned giver or this is the first time you’re thinking about philanthropy, it can be hugely helpful to get back to the basics and think about your core beliefs, your passions and your values.

For example, here are some questions to get you on the right path:

  • How or where do you spend your time?
  • What is most important to you?
  • What values do you choose to live by?
  • What motivates you on a daily basis?

We understand that these questions may be a bit daunting at first, so let’s start small. Try this:

Take five minutes to jot down at least five values that speak to your core beliefs. The questions above can help you think about what those values might be. If you’d like some inspiration, here’s a list to kickstart your own thinking:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Equality
  • Opportunity
  • Freedom
  • Spirituality
  • Impact
  • Justice
  • Community
  • Innovation
  • Courage
  • Leadership
  • Personal Growth
  • Sustainability
  • Security
  • Adventure
  • Tradition
  • Responsibility

Once you’ve brainstormed a good number of values, narrow that list down to your top three. Circle them or write in bold at the top of your notes. These three values will serve as the central pillars to your own personal giving strategy that will grow and evolve along with you.