Making a Difference Starts with You

It’s very easy to think charitable giving is just for the rich.  After all, we often study and work in buildings named after rich philanthropists, sneak peeks at the sponsor lists at our favorite museums, and read all the headlines about famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.The median household income is just shy of $60,000— a far cry from these notable donors — how are we to begin thinking about giving our money away?However, most people do not realize that by giving — even in the smallest amounts — you will feel wealthier, healthier and happier. Not to mention the vast impact that a small amount can have on charities and the world.It is important to acknowledge that many of us have adopted a consumerist mentality that pushes us to always want more. We will rarely ever feel like we actually have everything we want or that we have enough money. If you constantly put off charitable giving until tomorrow, you might wake up in 10 years and realize you are still waiting.

Why Should You Give To Charity? Let’s dissect the reasons for charitable giving into external and internal considerations.Externally, donating to a cause that you are passionate about will help grow the mission of the organization or group that you support such as Giving Center. Some of the most important problems facing our planet and communities are being tackled and solved by not-for-profit charities like Giving Center, and other organizations. Without funding and resources of generous volunteers and activists, critical problems and the disenfranchised groups will be ignored. This is the rationale that helping others is the ‘right thing to do,’ and most people are familiar with this. Not only that, but you do not have to give billionaire-level donations to charity in order to make a big difference.Yet, the internal considerations are the most exciting, because they help grow the ranks of givers, inspiring people who never considered donating to join in and support causes they are passionate about.Charitable giving has shown to have a profound impact on the giver. In one study, people that spent $5 on someone else reported being more happy than those that spent up to $20 on themselves. This means giving is also a gift to the giver. This is backed up by numerous studies showing that giving activates the reward centers in the brain.

It has also been found that those who donated to charity, regardless of their income bracket, reported feeling more wealthy. The act of donating to a cause instills the feeling that you have enough money to give it away. In fact, giving to charity had the same impact on happiness as the doubling of income! Additionally, it has been reported that individuals who donated money reported better health as well.What If I Want To Give, But Am Strapped For Cash? When your want to give is greater than your capacity to give, it is important to be very intentional with your choice of where to give. The best way to do this is by giving to an organization that resonates with you.What About Giving My Time And Volunteering? Many organizations need a steady supply of volunteers to fulfill their mission. It is important to think about the skills you have and how you can make to most of your contributions.Lets say you are a graphic designer or marketing guru, there are many local organizations who would LOVE your help stepping up their marketing efforts. Do you consider yourself an analytics expert? If a charitable organization near you can use your help to optimize some of their campaigns. For most people, their time is more valuable than the amount of money they would be able to give, so don’t let a lack of money keep you from giving back to the community.Why Do You Give? Identify where your desire to help others stems from. Let that passion lead you to a better you and a better world. You may never feel like you have enough to give. Choose a cause you identify with and make it a habitual habit. Remember, you don’t need to give a lot to make a meaningful difference in your own life and to the causes you support!For ideas on how to donate, visit Giving Center here.Donate a Car HereDonate a Boat HereDonate AircraftDonate Real Estate HereDonate Collectibles HereDonate Computers Here

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