The following is an original post by Alex Alvanos, an Associate Partner on New Profit's Portfolio Performance and Support team.
Despite how we often talk about it, charity is not about helping. It's not about writing checks or donating, though your donations change lives. It's not about nonprofit organizations, though they are doing the heartfelt work of humanity. It's not about tax write-offs, service days, coat drives, or the sound of jingle bells near the red buckets around the holidays. It's not about impact numbers or budget to program ratios. No, charity is about something deeper and much more eternal, and in these times it has grown dim.