So what exactly does it take to be a giving guru?

Let's start with what it doesn't require. You don't need a personal foundation or a bank account the size of Bill Gates'.

All you need to get started is passion -- a passion for a cause that is close to your heart, a new video from Global Philanthropy explains.

"It's not just about writing checks," the video's narrator explains. "It's about compassion and community."

The video outlines five easy steps any person can take in order to identify a cause and find a way to make a meaningful difference.

"Philanthropy is for everyone. Philanthropy is for the love of humanity."

Watch the video above to learn how you can make giving a regular part of your weekly routine.

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