To many, starting a charity is among the most noble things you can accomplish in life. Though rarely easy, the ability to help others through your own organization may be one of the best feelings imaginable. In a world where so many are concerned with only themselves, to be truly altruistic takes some work, but the return on your investment of time and effort is tremendous. Here are some quick tips to motivate your spirit of giving.

The best way to inspire people to join your cause is to wear your passion on your sleeve. Show interested parties that you are willing and able to go the extra mile for your charity. The trick is to make others feel your passion, to experience your hunger for change. Once you can communicate your passion to others, then you will start bringing people to your side.

Now that you’ve gathered the troops, it’s time to decide which type of charity you’d like to grow into. Some feel that the role of a charity is to simply raise money, but there are many different types of charity that provide different services. Do you want to manage corporate sponsorship while raising money for your cause, or inspire community-led projects without corporate involvement? If you’re having difficulty choosing, it can be helpful to spend time working for a charity. See how they operate, and maybe then you’ll have the inspiration regarding what to do.

Amanda StarbuckMany are uncomfortable with asking for money. If running a charity is something you’d like to do, then you’ll need to get used to the idea. Though far from begging, you’ll want to practice your language in reaching out to donors, asking for repeat donations, or tapping interested parties to see if they can lend a hand. What helps is to eliminate the thought of this being begging. You are fighting for a good cause, and the battle can only continue with the aid of others.

Regardless of the path you choose, starting a charity takes determination, drive, and a kind heart. Whether raising money to find kill-shelter animals a home or starting a soup kitchen, the act of giving is among the best things we can do as people.