Is there an inexpensive and uplifting way?
The answer is “Yes”.
Simply donate some time to charity.
Here’s why. Ask the members of any charitable organisation and they’ll tell you they
- have to have accounting and admin skills like in any business
- have to ensure, especially if they accept donations, they don’t break any laws. i.e. they have to have some legal knowledge.
- need people and communication skills to be able to reach out effectively to the people they are trying to help and
- need to ensure they manage their own precious human and other resources effectively.
And don’t forget. Charitable organisations are often supported by professionals – aces in their own fields.
To be effective, charitable organisations
- utilise whatever is at hand. They are often under-resourced but still manage to use their resources carefully to make a difference.
- understand how essential it is to put aside individual egos and work as a team for a cause.
- don’t really care which community individual members come from. Their appreciation is for an individual’s dedication, wisdom, intelligence, passion, practicality and other qualities that can be best utilised for their cause.
In short, charitable organisations are frugal and know the value of getting along; of uniting for the greater good; of the power of organising.
ORGANISE, THEN MOBILISE.
That is a formidable skill. That one skill is what gives our desires strength and a platform. It increases our sphere of influence; our ability to do something in the face of injustice and corruption. It helps us overcome an initial reticence to interfere and unites like minded people in action to overcome that injustice and corruption like no single individual can.
What’s in it for charitable organisations? They are there to right a wrong; to help alleviate pain and injustice and need all the help they can get. It doesn’t have to be monetary help. Morgan Hunt, in his article about the significance of volunteering time to non-profit organisations agrees that donating your time is good for you; sometimes it is better than donating money.
We would do well to give our time and our trust to charitable organisations that already exist as effective business models. They would teach us the very vital skills of organising.
I cannot think of any other approach that lets us be altruistic as we simultaneously acquire the many vital skills of being an effective part of an organisation. Organising under the umbrella of a charitable organisation is a win – win. We help charities even as they help us.
Bharati, a student of Gyan Shakti College, gyan for knowledge and shakti for strength, believes the minority right wing communal minded people of Mumbai hold more sway than the majority secular minded Mumbaikars simply because they have organised. Read why she believes the secular minded haven’t, by clicking on the link in the resource box titled “Is Mumbai Truly Secular”.
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K.Mathur is the author of “Never Mind Yaar”, a book about the coming of age of three upbeat and amusing young women from different backgrounds.
Binaifer, a Parsi, Shalini, a Hindu and Louella, a Christian meet and become firm friends at Gyan Shakti college in Mumbai, a city they love and enjoy, but one they know is deeply divided along communal lines.