Social movements are at the core of who we are as a society.

People participate in these social movements because those who can’t stand up for themselves need the voice of strangers to be there for them. It’s the real reason most of us get behind a cause – an inspirational story, a symbol or a vision inspired us.

A social movement for good raises awareness about an issue to generate support for the benefit of an aggrieved group. Social movements are rooted in the idea that individuals can band together and combine their resources to make an issue more apparent and noteworthy.

These social movements are great opportunities for family philanthropists to align their resources and voices with like-minded people who want to bring about change. In many cases, the resources required to launch and sustain a social movement aren’t financial -- they are human.

Read the full article about supporting social movements by Derrick Feldmann at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.