The Influence of Your Social Circle

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=circle+of+friends&iid=5137868″ src=”″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /]Over the last week, I was invited by a friend to a live music event to benefit abused children and by another to do lunch at a local sushi restaurant to benefit our local homeless shelter. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go to either one, but it got me thinking.

First off…I like that I have friends so interested in making life better for other people. They’re good reminders for when I am caught up in my own little world…(which is most of the time).

Second…I’m noticing what an influence a person’s social circle can have on which philanthropic causes you end up supporting. Without these friends, I wouldn’t have even known these events were going on. I’m not talking about being a drone that blindly follows someone’s lead. A lot of times, I think it’s more about busyness. There is so much out there, it’s impossible to keep up with everything. Just like with planning regular social events for the weekend, we rely a lot on our friends to come up with ideas, too. We rely on them for vetting purposes and showing us what’s going on in particular areas when we don’t have the time to look for ourselves.

It’s the Social Side of Philanthropy.

-Support your friends and what matters to them.

-If you haven’t already, identify what matters to you.


5 comments on “The Influence of Your Social Circle

  1. I agree that it is nice to have a volunteer-minded social circle. And also social-minded volunteer opportunities. It is neat thing to be able to support a good cause, while also being with friends enjoying good music and food. Charleston, SC seems to have a growing number of events with a good cause.

    • Speaking of social philanthropic events in Charleston… Taco Boy downtown is hosting a Sunday brunch and silent auction on SUNDAY, NOV.7th to benefit a children’s home in Arusha, Tanzania.

      217 Huger Street
      Downtown Charleston, SC

  2. This weekend my husband and I are attending the Annual Local Music on the Farm Event event supporting Adaptive Gardens at Thornhill Farms (in McClellanville). We told several friends about it and they will be attending as well. It’s nice to support a great cause and spend a fun time WITH friends. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

  3. I have found through the years that people give to people… so having friends ask you to give is more impactful then getting a piece of mail or email from the nonprofit. I also enjoy going out for an evening knowing that part of what I am spending will help a good cause.

  4. Love your Blog. Social circles and family are the best way to get involved in volunteering. But you have to remember, pick your cause and/or event carefully, There are many causes and events that look good, but short the recipients after all is said and done. There are too many excellent opportunities to sit back and send a check. This past weekend Patty and I took part in a cause very dear to Patty. A 3.1 mile walk/run to raise funds for a camp for asthmatic kids, sponsored by the ALA of SC. Patty have been on the board of the SC Lowcountry chapter of the ALA forever.


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