As you can tell by this website, I love to support charities, in donations and time. I support numerous charities and hope to encourage other people to do the same. Let me tell you why I give, and perhaps I can convince you to do the same.
It makes you feel better about yourself.
This may be selfish, but a very common reason why people support charities. Giving makes people feel better about themselves. Helping others feels very empowering and this makes people feel happier and fulfilled. Research by the Charities Aid Foundation shows that for the majority of people, the enjoyment they receive from giving is a key influence.
Show gratitude by giving back.
The more blessed I feel, the more I want to give. I feel blessed for being healthy, having a wonderful family and enjoy many opportunities. And I have the power to improve someone else’s life and show my gratitude. Countless people across the world are doing great work to make this world a better place, and helping those people in time or by giving financially, is a great way to express your feelings and appreciation.
Teach your children the importance of generosity.
A massive motivator for myself to support charities is that I want to teach my children the importance of generosity. Of giving. Of sharing. By leading by example, I hope that my kids grow up knowing that giving back is the right thing to do. I want them to grow up, knowing the power they have to make positive changes in the world.
Every little bit can help.
Maybe you don’t give because you don’t have much to give. Maybe you believe that the little bit you have to give does not help much. However, every little bit helps. You don’t need to give hundreds of dollars to make a difference. In many parts of the world, your few dollars can provide a child with a week’s worth of food. Or give someone the desperately needed medical attention. A few dollars won’t do much in western countries, but it means so much in other countries.
You can donate in time.
If you don’t have money or goods to donate, that’s fine. Plenty – if not all – charities would be grateful for your time and help. By volunteering you can directly help charities to make a difference.
Donations are tax-deductible.
Everything you donate to a charity is tax-deductible and saves you money come tax time. When you donate, you can submit the tax receipt with your annual tax return. But make sure the charity you donate to is officially approved and holds an official charity status.