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Benefits of Giving Donations to Non-Profit Organizations

Updated on July 22, 2010

Why Should You Give Your Money Away?

You worked hard for it, you should enjoy all the fruits of your labor, right?

Giving to charities or non-profit organizations can often appear like something only the very wealthy do. However, much of the time its the smaller donations that are the bread and butter of these non-profits. But why should you do it?

First of all, get rid of the should idea. I know for me, the minute I know I "should" do something I don't. So really, it's a free choice. To give or not to give, that's the question for you. No one's going to reach in your billfold and pull out your cash.

Second, let me explain the reason many (hopefully most) people donate. They believe they are making a difference in the world. Whether its helping to plant a tree, feed children in Sudan, assist earthquake victims in China, or finding homeless pets a good place to live, charities and non-profit organizations are such for a reason. They are more intersted in their cause than their cash. Their cause, however, can't be furthered without the funding. So by your donation, however small, you're helping make the world a better place.

Third, you just might feel good yourself. Ever heard a saying that goes something like, "If you want love, give it away?" Its similar with donating to charities. By knowing your contribution is making a difference, you can hold you head a little higher knowing that today, you helped make your global community a bit more friendly. Maybe you sponsored a child to go to school in Southeast Asia, or bought a present for a child who's parent is in jail, or helped fund research for a life threatening disease. You, my friend, are part of the solution.

Fourth...well let's be honest. Its usually tax deductible. Need I say more?

Giving More (or less) Than Your Money

You don't have to be confined to monetary donations, either. Donations of your time and energy are much needed in many non-profits as well. Join in for a trail clean up day, knit a chemo cap for kids who get cold because they've lose their hair, or have a nice chat with an older gentleman who's been waiting for someone to hear his old stories.

Never underestimate, however, what your $1 or $2 donations can add up to. In 1991 a four-year-old named Nora Gross wanted to help feed a homeless man, and asked her father how she could help. That led to the non-profit organization called Common Cents and its program the Penny Harvest. Through this, children have collected pennies and helped fund grants for community organizations. In the 2005/1006 school year alone, nearly half a million children from 770 schools in New York City took part in the Penny Harvest and collected nearly 185 tons of pennies equalling $655,508.54. That's over half a milion dollars! From kids' pennies!

I speak from experience, because not only do I donate to various charities, but I'm the co-director of a non-profit organization called Fashioned Forward Ministries. I work for free when we have a show in production, but for me the outcome is more than worth the time and energy and money spent. Our ministry has teamed with another worldwide mission organization called Far Reaching Ministries. Everyone involved understands the need for sponsorship and fundraising, but also has the passion to keep driving forward even when we don't have it.

Click here to read more about Fashioned Forward Ministries

Click here to read more about Far Reaching Ministries

So think about what you might care about. Whether its the environment, animals, a specific cause like hunger or literacy, or maybe a disease that's affected you or a loved one. And think about what a donation of your time, energy, and maybe your money could help do.

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      Car Donations 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. Giving to charity is always a great idea. Regardless of what it is. There is always going to be someone in need!

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      Andromeda10 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Yes, donating time is what most of us can do to help. If it is just a few hours on a Saturday... even once per month. If everyone did this, we could make a huge difference.

      Big companies are making lay-offs due to the fact that Payrool is is the biggest money eater. If people volunteer to good causes, they are essentially letting the company get their money to divide into meaningful areas.

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      ajcor 

      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      yes to try and help others is great - thanks for this hub.

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      Donors Choose 

      9 years ago

      Donating to charity is a great thing. This is something I have supported for a long time.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Trish, you are right I am sorry I forgot about those cases. But I believe that "giving something to do" to the elderly is also very helpful. Not in the sense of making money, but in the sense of elevating their self-esteem. Being useful is an important part of our identity, we all want to have a purpose on life.

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      trish1048 

      10 years ago

      Hi,

      Yes Solorya, it does do that. I've seen programs too where they take a dog to visit children in hospitals. Kids who have cancer, etc. The benefits are amazing.

      Princessa, I agree with you too. That is the ideal thing to do, but in the case of the elderly in nursing homes, they are beyond the age of entering the workforce. So, whatever small measure of happiness we can bring does have its benefits in other ways.

      Trish

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      Solorya 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Trish--that's an awesome thing to do! Animals benefit the elderly sooo much--there are so many statistics that show it lowers cholesterol and stress and increases life expectancy! Good for you, keep it up!

      Princessa--I definitely agree with you. If you read about Far Reaching Ministries they've actually taught women how to sew and make a living for themselves as tailors. There are a lot of great causes out there you can contribute to that do "teach people to fish" in a sense! Thanks for the comment!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      it is very good and altruistic to donate to charities, but I believe that it is best to help those people how to keep a sustainable economy. You know: "Don't give them fish but teach them how to fish". While donation can help solve an inmediate problem or issue, teaching people how to be self sufficient can help those people a lifetime.

      Good luck with your work with Fashioned Forward Ministries, the world needs more people like you doing that kind of work!

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      trish1048 

      10 years ago

      Great hub. My cause is animals, and I donate at my local supermarket. I also volunteered for a year in a Pet Therapy program, where once a month I would take a kitten and puppy to a nursing home. It was an extremely rewarding experience, and I like to think I brought smiles to the elderly if only for an hour a day.

      thanks for sharing,

      Trish

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      Solorya 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks--yeah, its amazing how many stories there actually are about kids who want to help and take their small contributions and turn them into something huge! If a four year old can start that, we can too!

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I didn't know about the Penny Harvest. Isn't it amazing that such a tiny thing as a penny can make such a huge difference? And that's true for any one person as well. Just imagine what 65,550,854 people can do.

      Well written and inspiring hub. Excellent resources, too. For anyone who questions the benefits of giving, Charity Navigator has the answers.

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