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How to Build an Altruistic Game Plan in 2021

At long last, the year 2020 is on its way out the door. While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year. To help keep yourself on track, develop an altruistic game plan to follow in 2021. It’s easy, effective and will help you keep what matters most top of mind. Check out these five ways to keep doing good at the top of your to-do list next year.


1. Find Causes You Love

Your altruistic plans for 2021 have a much higher chance of success when you truly care about the causes you support. Often an interest in supporting 501(c)3 organizations stems from a personal connection to the mission. Think about what matters to you most and look into different organizations’ missions. Chances are that there’s a nonprofit out there working toward a cause you love. If you can’t find the perfect fit, this year could be the time to start your own organization! 


2. Make a Commitment

While 20 hours of volunteerism next year may sound daunting, breaking it down to only 38 minutes of each week makes the goal sound far more reasonable. Setting up a plan for the year to come and separating it into hours volunteered per week or month makes a lofty goal more manageable. The same logic works for making donations. Determine how much you’d like to volunteer or donate in the coming year, then break down into smaller chunks. Small, frequent contributions add up over time.

3. Involve Your Loved Ones

They say if you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to get sidetracked from your goals without an accountability partner. Tell your friends and family about your altruism goals for 2021. Ask if they would like to join you in volunteering or coming up with a donation plan. That way, you can both keep each other accountable in the new year. Plus, it’s fun to have a partner to help you tackle your goals. 


4. Set Reminders

All goals and gameplans need a few reminders along the way to stay on track. Set a calendar reminder each month to put in your volunteer hours or make a small donation. That way, you’ll get a notification to remind yourself to keep up with your goals. Obviously life happens, so if you are unable to donate or volunteer that month, don’t sweat it! The same notification will come in the following month and you can choose whether or not to contribute at that time. 


5. Remember Small Acts of Kindness

Not every plan has to be a huge gesture. A little bit of kindness adds up to a larger impact along the way. Your altruistic giving plan could consist of a reminder to do one small act of kindness for a stranger each month. Even this small gesture has the power to turn around somebody’s day. Even better, encourage the strangers you help to pay it forward.


Now is the time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in 2021 as far as giving back to make our world a better place. Even small goals can make a huge difference. Choose various causes you love or set reminders to do small acts of kindness. No matter what your plans, you’ll feel great knowing that you’re making a difference.

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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