Answering the taboo question, “What’s in it for me?”

 

Three Big Reasons to Get Involved

While most of us would say that joining a nonprofit organization is a noble and altruistic thing to do, there is the sub-conscious question of, “What’s in it for me?” Well, there has been much debate over the years about what purpose an organization that solely exists to help others serves. It seems to go against our understanding of economics! Why would someone choose to participate in something that benefits someone else at their own expense?

Experts have come up with many different answers, but there are three that will really inspire you…

Volunteering is Empowering

This world can be crazy and chaotic. On one hand, we have the government making regulations and passing laws which can give us a feeling of powerlessness. On the other hand, the corporate world seems to bombard us with advertisements of what we should buy or do. When we serve in a nonprofit organization, we are able to change our world for the better. It gives us a great sense of empowerment.

Volunteering is Community

In our careers and in our personal lives, we can have a sense of isolation. Joining a volunteer organization brings us into contact with people who are like-minded with us. There can be a great feeling of camaraderie and unity as we work together. As we watch others serve, it builds a sort of social capital for them in our hearts.

Volunteering is Purpose

The Apostle Paul quoted Jesus when he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 30:35b). At some basic level, we were designed by God to focus on others before ourselves. When we surrender to God’s purpose, it brings a great fulfillment into our lives. It makes sense, then, why being selfless boggles economists, but blesses the one doing it.

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