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Quotes for Non profit Inspiration

Nonprofit organizations serve as an inspiration not only to those they help but to the tireless volunteers and employees who give their time to the cause. Whether you’re the parent of a child who benefits from an afterschool program funded by the car donation charity Kars for Kids, or whether you are one of the countless volunteers who serves to mentor those children, it helps to hear an inspiring word from time to time.

Sharing an inspiring story or reading about the humble beginnings of a nonprofit organization can motivate people, but perhaps the easiest way to serve up inspiration is with a meaningful quote.

We’re a busy, overscheduled generation. Quotes from famous people or anonymous quotes consisting of homespun wisdom give us a soundbyte we can manage to take in and maybe even remember for later sharing.

Here are some great inspirational quotes listed according to useful topics for nonprofits:

General Inspiration

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ~ Muhammad Ali

Hope is a walking dream. ~ Aristotle

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Inspiring Potential Donors

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill

Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. ~ Confucius

Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. ~ Dalai Lama

On Planning and Executing Plans

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. ~ Mark Twain

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

There are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something. ~ Thomas Edison

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France

Speaking from the Podium

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact. ~ George Eliot

Make it happen, create – and then push even more. Mark Birnbaum

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. ~ George Jessel

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. ~ D. H. Lawrence

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave. ~ Dale Carnegie

On Teamwork and Volunteerism

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. ~ Michael Jordan

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. ~ Julius Caesar

The average person puts only 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.~ Andrew Carnegie

The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ~ Thomas Paine