Top 3 Questions that Philanthropic Advocates Must Ask Themselves

by | Philanthropy

It is not enough to be good. It is not enough to wish the world were a better place. Miraculous and well-meaning as it is, it is not even enough to send your thoughts and prayers to people who need them. If you want to change the world, you have to actually do something; you have to be a philanthropic advocate—someone who speaks for those who can’t speak for themselves.

And, before you commit to doing anything, there are some 3 questions that philanthropic advocates must ask themselves.

Is This Philanthropic Work Sustainable?

Swooping in and fixing the way things are may seem like a noble act. You’ve built a school in a community that sorely needed access to education. You’ve just improved the lives of these people in this impoverished part of the world! Time to pat yourself on the back? Not even close.

How will the people of the village utilize the school? Who will stick around to make sure that it doesn’t get torn down or turned into something other than what you intended to build it for? In order to be helpful, philanthropy must first be sustainable. The good work you do must be able to carry on—even long after you’re gone. The next time you plan to embark on a philanthropic journey, make sure you plan out ways to make your work sustainable in the long run.

Is This Philanthropy Meaningful?

You can build a school in a rural village, but if ‘school’ doesn’t mean anything to the community, then all you’ve done is force meaningless ideas on a culture you don’t understand. For philanthropic advocacy to be as effective as possible, you must first listen to the voices of the disenfranchised.

What are their wants? What are their needs? What’s meaningful to them as a community? Discover the answers to those questions, and you’ll encounter the key to success as an advocate.

What Are My Intentions for This Advocacy?

As with anything else in life, if you don’t have the best of intentions behind your actions, you’re bound to fail at some point. Wanting to help others solely because it makes you look good or feel good will inevitably lead you to pursue the wrong kinds of philanthropy.

The best philanthropic acts aren’t the ones that loudly announce themselves. They’re not boastful or proud. They’re quiet, unassuming, and miraculously impactful.

When you have the best of intentions, you make the best of the world and its boundless opportunities.


  1. Juli baena

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  2. Jay sengstacken

    Thank you for opening up my eyes to the world around me, and the possibility that I can and am becoming the best person I can be for my family, not my boss.

  3. Jordan Layug

    Amazing meaningful words, Thank you for your time and leadership Trevor and Lexi.

  4. Diana Orozco

    Trevor and Lexi Baker are incredible servent leaders! Thank you so much for your example and mentorship! You have built an amazing legacy to live by, and have proven that hope still exists in this broken world. We honor you wholeheartedly!

  5. Blu Joiner

    Someone’s intentions are the core of a persons character. If action is relevant, you are either impacting positively or negatively. And that is entirely a choice. I love that both Trevor and Lexi have chosen to impact people in a positive way across the world. Love this!

  6. Christian Modelo

    Trevor and Lexi are truly the epitome of significance. The amount of knowledge and wisdom they have and the impact they have created will change the world one city at a time. The greatest example this generation could ever have the privilege to witness.

  7. Trevor Gilmartin

    This is amazing! Sometimes people think that giving in a single moment in time is all it takes. Here Trevor and Lexi truly show how they are lifelong givers and they want there actions to become sustainable and grow well into the future. Thank you Trevor and Lexi for your amazing leadership!

  8. Ricky Reyes

    Trevor and Lexi Baker are the real deal! They are selfless and give others hope that they too can lead others towards having an amazing future! This blog shows how they truly think when it comes to making an impact!

    • Collins

      This is so good

  9. Chris Garcia

    What an incredible mindset regarding philanthropy. It is no wonder that Trevor and Lexi are creating so much impact in the world around them. They’ve clearly been mentored to see life through a different lense. It’s incredible of them to be willing to mentor others long after achieving phenomenal success in their own lives.

  10. Christopher Murillo

    Trevor and Lexi Baker have radically changed my life. They have brought hope, love, and trust back into my life. If it wasn’t for them, my life would have ended up in the gutters. Thank you for all that you have done. Love you guys!

  11. Courtney

    Blessed to have such incredible examples and friends in life. Love you guys!

  12. ashlee

    We love you Trevor and Lexi!! Thanks for being such an incredible example to the young generation we can be young, rich and free with the best relationships imaginable!

  13. Jackie

    I loved reading this article. Sometimes we have to remember our intentions of why we want to help people. This gives great perspective of when someone says “I want to help people.”

  14. Cameron Mahr

    This was a very simple and informative breakdown of how to look at the change you want to make in the world. It will make sure that it is lasting and holds legacy long after you are gone. Great post!

  15. Scarlett Gomez

    Wow thank you for the inspiration you have given me to pursue my dreams, i am looking forward to accomplishing those same goals.

  16. David Jones

    Since the day I’ve met this couple me and my familiy’s life was greatly impacted. Since that day, I decided that I wanted to receive their mentorship. We are blessed to have them in our lives and grateful to be able to follow their footsteps. Thank You Baker Legacy.

  17. Camille Ho

    This is such an important issue to think through and consider. It’s so easy to want to go out and “change the world”, but we must make sure that we do things in a sustainable and responsible way. Thanks for talking about this!

  18. Belinda

    I really like this blog post about not just swooping in and try to fix things because some people don’t want help if a community doesn’t want a school or utilize it why build it and waste the resources in doing so. Also, I really like what you wrote about not being boastful because in truth being a kind or good person doesn’t need to be publicized because I believe that God always intended for us to show love to eachother. Everyone deserves to be loved and having that hope that miracles are real and that’s were magic really comes from. The belief that anything is possible. It is a bummer when people take the magic/miracle out for selfish reasons but hey we can change that by more posts like these. Love you.

  19. Katherine

    I am excited to learn how to teach people how to fish, and for those who can’ t fish, give them a fish. Thanks for the awesome article!

  20. Yvonne Fronczak

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and steadfast example! We’re thrilled to follow in your footsteps to change the culture around us! Such a great work!!!

  21. Falon

    So excited to continue to gain your incredible mind set through mentorship!

  22. Bonnie Scialabba

    This issue is so important and something I can personally relate to. I always grew up wanting to make a difference, I just couldn’t figure out how that was going to happen. I thought about going into the peace corps, then about being a missionary but I hated how so much of it involved fundraising and asking for money! This opportunity made all of my hopes and dreams come true! It actually made my desires possible and multiplied the potential impact by ten fold! Wet so blessed to have met this couple, Trevor and Lexi Baker, who actually live their lives by their values and who are everything they say they are. They are the true embodiment of what living a life for others really means.

  23. Alejandro Díaz

    The reason why Trevor and Lexi will never be wrong in the truth that they speak on a daily basis is RESULTS. Thank you for you wisdom coaching and mentoring so we can one day have a tremendous amount of abundance in our lives, we love you honor you and will continue your legacy for generations to come.

  24. Alejandro Díaz

    Amazing example of a couple who has holistic success in their lives, when I saw that was available to my fiancé and I , I couldn’t walk away from them. Trevor and Lexi Baker are the fruit on the tree that I want in my life.

  25. Rocky K. Kahanu

    Thank you Trevor and Lexi for continuous blessings all around the world. Truly inspirational leaders! God bless you both!