Why Do You Give?

Your personal 'why' matters. Let us help you define your passions. 


Giving back to our communities is fueled by our passions. Discovering your passions is the first step toward making an impact. Grab a sheet of paper or open a Word document on your computer, and spend some time thinking about and answering the questions below to discover your areas of passion.  

  • What’s the most meaningful gift you ever gave, and why? 
  • What issues or topics do you spend a lot of time learning about or staying connected to? 
  • What do you love most about your local community? If you could change just one thing, what would it be? 
  • What would your family or friends say you are most passionate about? 
  • When I look back on my life, I’d like to be able to say I made a difference through: _______________

Your Giving Statement

Your personal giving statement will help focus your giving and volunteering. Now that you have explored your personal values and thought about your passions and reasons to give, it’s time to create your personal giving statement. Think of it as your philanthropic elevator pitch! 


    •  Your giving statement should be clear and concise, about 1-2 sentences. 

    •  Your giving statement can evolve or change as needed to reflect your passions and giving goals. 

    •  You can also create a giving statement with your partner or with your whole family. 

Need some help getting started? Here are some examples:


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