You will make the biggest impact in your engagement strategy when you are intentional about your investments. It is important not to spread yourself too thin so that you focus your resources to make a meaningful difference. When your values are aligned with the issues that resonate most with you, you will harness your whole self as part of your overall strategy for purposeful engagement.
How will you spend your time?
Your time includes all activities related to your overall strategy. You will spend time volunteering, serving on a board or committee, and engaged in thoughts and activities centered around improving lives that are affected by the organization(s) and issues that matter to you.
How will you deploy your talent?
When you are clear about your strengths and what you bring to the table, you will be of tremendous value to those who you serve. Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for your Soul series, says that your soul’s purpose is to tap into your essence. Your passions are your purpose and what the world needs is people who come alive through using what you are good at for the greater good.
How will you invest your treasure?
 This is ultimately “putting your money where your mouth is”. Your treasure includes the investment of your financial resources in real dollars, in-kind gifts, and donations of other employable assets.
How will you leverage your ties?
It is important to engage family, friends, colleagues, other funders in your network who have similar goals. Making introductions and conducting outreach on behalf of the organization and the cause is the ultimate sign of engagement. It often doesn’t yield the results we need when we “go it alone”
And finally, who do you want to be in this world?
My personal mission statement is to work with people to unlock their potential and align their voice, vision and values in order to best serve themselves, their families, their communities and the world. When your potential is aligned with your purpose, you will engage your time, talent, treasure and ties to use your power to drive change and make a social impact.
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