Ryan Holiday, an author, says that “Authors are not in competition with each other. They are in competition with people not reading.”
He is not busy trying to promote his books at the cost of other authors and their books, bad-mouthing them and discouraging people from buying them. In fact, he owns a bookstore and actively promotes other authors and their work.
In his mind, the more people who read, the better, regardless of the book. I whole heartedly agree.
In the same way, charities are not in competition with other charities. They are in competition with people not giving. So, I don’t try to promote Opportunity International Australia at the cost of other charities, bad-mouthing them and discouraging people from giving to them. There have been times when I’ve notice that Opportunity is not a fit for a particular supporter – their passion does not align with the work that Opportunity does, and I have suggested other organisations they can give to. I also encourage people have a portfolio of organisations that they support through their giving so that their impact can be spread across a few different areas because we are more than just ‘single-issue’ people.
In my mind, the more people who give to charity, the better, regardless of the organisation. I hope you whole heartedly agree.