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What’s your reason for giving back? In her recent article published in the Tampa Tribune, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Adele I. Stone uncovers the backbone to many charities and nonprofit organizations: the volunteers and donors.

"They are not doing it for the recognition or the networking or for their own benefit. They do it because it is the right thing to do," she writes.

Having spent a great deal of time giving back to her own profession, Stone suggests finding a meaningful cause that speaks to you.

Stone writes, "A charity should strike a chord in you, be compatible with your life’s philosophy. Once you are connected to the cause, be proactive — raise awareness, drive attention, and urge friends, family and colleagues to understand why this is important to you. You can be an ambassador. If you find the cause that is truly meaningful to you, it will come naturally to be a voice of caring and change." 

Read the full article: "The Ethos of Giving" (The Tampa Tribune, June 11, 2015)