Participating in philanthropy has become increasingly popular with people throughout the world. In the United States, there is a seemingly endless amount of charities to choose from and causes to support. People often feel as though they have no time to commit to participating in philanthropy, such as volunteering or helping lead an organization. Other people want to donate money and time to a cause, but find they do not have much of either. There are small steps you can take toward making a difference, but there has also been a trend of people using holidays and birthdays as opportunities to help out a cause.

What is a philanthropic birthday party?

The concept of a philanthropic birthday party is a relatively recent one that’s been receiving a fair amount of attention. There are multiple ways to organize the party, but the most common is that you throw an actual party for your birthday, but tell guests to make donations to a preferred charity instead of bringing you presents. Most charities allow you to make a donation in honor of someone else, which makes this idea work even better. You could even allow guests to place money in a jar and then make one large donation after the party. Some people also ask guests to donate goods to a specific charity instead of money.

What other options are there?

In addition to philanthropic birthday parties, people have opted for this type of charity in lieu of wedding presents or gifts for any other special occasion. Some people opt for donating money they receive to a good cause instead of using it on themselves when there’s a special event. Another way to host an event that’s connected to philanthropy is organize a time for people to volunteer with you at your favorite organization or help at a fundraiser or event a local philanthropy is hosting.

What are the benefits of these events?

You might be a little skeptical of whether or not these types of events actually help out philanthropies. While that view is understandable, there are a lot of benefits to philanthropic birthday parties or related events. The biggest benefit is that no matter what help an organization receives, it’s beneficial. Donating any amount of money or time to a charity helps them, even though regular donations are obviously more beneficial because it’s a reliable and consistent resource. Another benefit is that you can make more people aware of a specific philanthropy, which may lead to them becoming a regular donor or volunteer. You can also let people know that hosting a philanthropic event is an option and something they may want to try out.