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Giving Back While on Vacation

Posted by Richard Bauer May 15, 2018 2:17:00 PM

Summer VacationTaking a vacation over the summer offers us the opportunity for family time and hard-earned relaxation. But summer also offers a great occasion for people to give of their time and money in a philanthropic way. And because donations to churches, non-profits and charities slump during the summer months, it is also important to consider other ways that we can give back and support those communities we care about. As you are planning your next vacation, consider the following:

Try Volunteer Tourism – If you are tired of the same-old resort vacation or trips that don’t involve any local interaction, it may be time to rethink how you travel. Philanthropic vacationers give back during their vacations by volunteering. In the process, they are fueling unique cultural experiences and memories at their destinations while creating an often-needed inflow of services and financial support to the local communities they are visiting. Going on a volunteer infused vacation can mean offering your time and talents on a mission trip or going through one of the many companies that provide volunteer-based trips. For best case scenarios, plan ahead and do the appropriate research.

Attend Church Where You Vacation – Vacation is all about having new experiences and breaking out of your routine. That can mean a lot of things, big and small – parasailing, rock climbing and trying new cuisine. So why not try a new church? The truth is, we feel the most comfortable and safe when we know the routine, customs, and attendees at the church we regularly attend. So, when we go on vacation, especially in another country, we may choose to skip church. But if you consider that the churches in the location where you are vacationing also have churchgoers that have left on vacation, you will understand why they look forward to the influx of support from visitors. Attending a church where you vacation is an excellent way to not only give back financial to that local community but also to experience the native culture of the city or country in a way that is unadulterated by tourism. You may see stunning historic buildings or admire humble cultural roots; you may hear local music or learn local traditions, but you will most certainly take in the authentic local vibe of your chosen vacation destination.

Support Your Church or Non-profit from the Road Through Online, Text, or Mobile Giving – Whether you’re at a beach, museum, amusement park, airport or resort a thousand miles from home, the ability to make a gift to your church favorite cause is easy through one of your devices. eGiving is possible with online donation pages, smartphone apps, and even texts sent from your cell phone. This year, before you go away on vacation, make it a priority to set up your online or digital giving option and then set it to reoccur automatically while you are away. There is no better show of loyalty and care for your church or favorite nonprofit than to support them while you are away having fun.

Churches, Nonprofits and Charities Have eGiving Options Available - If you work for a church, non-profit or charity, you likely have to plan for a summer slump in attendance and, thus, giving. If you haven’t already selected an eGiving program, the summer lull is a great time to do so.  Having digital and electronic giving options are essential if you want donors to continue to donate while they are away on vacation.  If your organization has delayed implementing an eGiving program, the summer slow-down creates a perfect time to get started. Setting up an electronic and digital giving program over the summer will not only benefit you during this traditionally slower time but will also prepare you to manage future fast times and down times like the Holidays. Implementing a coordinated marketing plan to get donors to sign up and schedule their ongoing support is also an important step and can be planned for over the summer and rolled out when vacationers return.

Richard Bauer

Richard Bauer

Richard is an e-Giving Ambassador for Vanco Payment Solutions and an Elder at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN.

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