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Social Impact Culture

What Type of Philanthropist Are You?

Have you ever thought about how you like to give back? Do you feel like you are lacking purpose in your job? Perhaps you are feeling the pressure to get involved with a cause, but do not know where to start.

Take 5 mins and our Social Impact Assessment will give you a better idea of how you currently give back and suggestions on how to drive more purpose in your life!

Learn more about the Social Impact Culture types below!

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About the Types

Throughout the diagnostic, you’ll discover clues about whether you are an Interactor, Accelerator or Enterpriser in your approach to life, community and wellness. Below, you can learn more about how that information can help you.


Are you an Interactor?

Do you prefer to engage in community-based social activities? Attending charity fundraisers and auctions, or going to concerts, parties, and sporting events that support a cause? Are reinforcing relationships with your friends and family members important assets due to the emotional enrichment, learning, and support you receive?

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Are you an Accelerator?

Do you prefer to act on your passions for specific causes so that you can focus on changing the world? Do you pay attention to current events that impact policy change more than you seek out news about specific charities? Are you goal-driven, even if the goals you set are known only to yourself? Do you research healthcare conditions and providers rather than ask questions to your healthcare providers?

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Are you an Enterpriser?

Do you prefer to engage in community activities that are independent? Do you think about equating time with money and making community decisions with that in mind? Do you view your day-to-day activities as part of an overall ecosystem? Are you comfortable with developing detailed budgets to track expenses and goals for savings?

Discover the many ways you can make a difference.

The following 10 Ways to Do Good are based on a multi-year research study published in a book – Do Good, Feel Better.


Contributing money or stock to a charitable organization recognized by the IRS. “Giving” means contributing money to a charity of your choice. This includes writing checks, donating stock, making grants from a family foundation, or even dropping coins in a fountain to support a children’s hospital. “Giving” means contributing money to an organization, which in turn uses the money to support people in need. For this diagnostic, “giving” does not include your personal contribution of money directly to a specific person or family.


A hands-on contribution of your time to an organized cause that helps others. “Volunteering” means a hands-on contribution of your time to an organized cause or a formal initiative that helps others. Examples include serving meals in a soup kitchen, sorting clothes in a homeless shelter, helping at a school, teaching a class at your place of worship, or picking up trash on the side of the road.


Furthering a sustainable and regenerative environment. “Recycling” in this case means something broad, in the sense of respecting a sustainable and regenerative environment. This includes turning off lights, recycling aluminum cans, and even making organic choices for your meals or buying fresh produce from a farmer’s market. Even planting flowers in your garden is good for the environment.


Being active on a board of directors or similar group for a community or civic purpose. “Serving” means being a member of a board or committee, including a neighborhood association, a school association, place of worship, or a nonprofit organization. Think about the ways you serve organizations by being part of a formal group that helps lead and manage the organization’s activities.


Supporting favorite causes by showing up at events. “Celebrating” means supporting your favorite causes by attending community events, including auctions, 5Ks, and golf tournaments. Events can also include small gatherings, such as hosting a party around your own kitchen counter to make cards for men and women serving in the military overseas.


Promoting a cause to encourage other people to support it. “Marketing” in this case means anything you do to tell your family and friends about a favorite cause. “Marketing” includes posting information on social media or texting a suggestion to support a charity. Marketing also includes things like filling a table at a gala, or helping your children or relatives sell cookies or trash bags. The idea here is that you are promoting a cause to encourage other people to support it, too.


Buying products and services that include a charitable element. “Purchasing” in this case means buying products and services that include a charitable element. For example, do you typically buy the brand of pasta that supports food pantries across America? Or do you feel good when you know that a person across the world got a new pair of shoes, too, when you bought yours?


Collecting necessities for people in need. “Donating” means collecting necessities to give to people in need, such as canned goods or gently-used clothing.


Helping one particular person, family, or group of people you select. “Sharing” in this case means activities you do to directly help your own colleagues, family, and friends who are facing health issues or other challenges. For example, you might add money to a medical fund for a specific co-worker or you might prepare a meal for a neighbor who has experienced a loss in the family. Sharing means you are helping one particular individual or family.


Acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental health. “Caring” in this case means acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental well-being. The reason “caring” is important is because human beings are much better equipped to help others when they are also taking care of themselves.

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