In a post-pandemic world, we’re more acutely aware of the need to support those around us than ever before. Covid-19, for all of the havoc that it wreaked, changed our perceptions and shone a light on the strengths that can be found in a society that looks out for each other.
These aren’t just assumptions, either—in a recent WealthiHer survey, 53% of women said that they want to share their time, be a role model, and give back to their communities.
The problem that many of us face, however, is knowing where to start and what you need in your proverbial toolkit in order to do so. Many people assume that money is key to philanthropic endeavours, but with the help of two incredible women, we dispel this myth and propose pointers on what is in fact important and necessary when it comes to charitable work.
Maggie Chen is the co-founder of Girls in Charge, an award-winning non-profit social enterprise that aims to upskill all women through fun and gamified content. Jacqueline Chua, meanwhile, is a leading wealth management expert who also acts as the chair for Inspiring Girls Singapore, an organisation dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them with female role models.
In this video—and in the highlights below—Chen and Chua share powerful and impactful pointers for those looking to make a difference to the world around them.
1. Know that giving back doesn’t have to be costly
Volunteering and philanthropic endeavours can come in many forms and undertaking these activities doesn’t always have to mean handing over large sums of money yourself. Chua gives the example of contributing your own skills to smaller charities. “The likes of marketing, legal, finance, fundraising and communications are very important to organisations that need help but can’t afford to pay for expertise,” she says. “As such, the chances are they will welcome you with open arms if you're offering pro bono work.
Another route very much worth considering is mentoring. “A long time ago, I developed a mentoring programme for the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore,” says Chua. “We provided a series of short sessions with senior bankers to females who were in the middle of their careers and were either looking to move up the ladder or figure out their next step or stage. All the bankers had to give was a little bit of their time over the course of a six-month period, and we’ve had a very successful 11 years as a result.”