Every year around Thanksgiving, the concept of gratitude becomes a topic of conversation. We are encouraged to step back and look at the blessings in our lives, the successes we’ve amassed, and the challenges we’ve conquered. But why stop at gratitude? Many of us have been granted resources that far exceed what people in underserved populations across the world have. As global citizens and humanitarians, we have a responsibility to take care of those who are less fortunate. Here are 3 ways to make your global impact count. 

Empower the Youth and Women (leaders) 

One of the most helpful ways to impact marginalized groups is to empower the youth and women. By creating future leaders, you can change the trajectory of the future. Plan programs that speak to: 

  • Education: Provide the best and highest level available
  • Real Life Skills: Job acquisition, driving, technology, etc.
  • Access to: Technology, higher education, health care, etc.  

Provide Sustainable Aid

It’s one thing to give temporary relief, but you’ve truly solved a problem when you can provide sustainable aid. If you want your global impact to truly count, you have to think big and go deeper than surface level. The key? Constructing systems. Instead of passing out temporary healthcare, water, or food, the town you’re helping will need a long-term healthcare system, water system, or food system. Creating such infrastructure isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. And after it’s in place, you’ll have to train the community on how to maintain and uphold it, so it’s sustainable. But once it is, how amazing the result will be!

Raise Awareness

Once you’ve mastered the first two steps, share as much information as you can about the human impact. The goal of raising public awareness isn’t to gloat or shift the focus to yourself, but to bring awareness to the importance of repeating similar acts. Use social media to highlight sustainable aid and empowerment. You may even consider hosting a fundraising event to encourage potential investors and supporters to contribute to your cause. By spreading awareness, you are also motivating others to find their passion project in the philanthropy world because there are millions of people in need of a helping hand. 

Gratitude is great, but we can’t be thankful for our success without using it to help others. We all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, which means embracing philanthropy and humanitarianism. Start by using these three global impact steps and see how you can make a change in the world today.