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Why Make a Donation

Updated on May 8, 2011

Helping Out

"I was sad that I had no shoes, till I saw the man who had no feet."

The realization that you have been blessed with more than your share of health, and wealth must also make you feel the need to give back to society. The main reason you find so many charities being run by affluent people is that they want to help out those not as fortunate as themselves.

That is why Bill Gates sets up a foundation to offer scholarships. He knows that he has been blessed with success of the kind that few people see in their life time. Being a humble and sensible man, he is not letting it go to his head, but instead he is looking out for those not as fortunate as himself.

That does not mean that only a millionaire can be charitable. You don't need deep pockets to give to Charity, just a loving heart. There is more than just money that you can give to Charity. Social causes always need man power to be run successfully. Since they can not hire people they are dependent on volunteers.

If you are able bodied and have the will to help you can volunteer your time to a number of causes. From cleaning up your town, to saving wild animals, to teaching orphans or reading to the elderly. There's a whole bunch of things that you can do if you want to.

Making Giving Fun

While the term Charity does make you feel depressed as you know its for some one less fortunate, the fund raising can be fun. The innovative auctions of dates with popular men and women is always fun.

The White Cane Ball for the blind is also a super special party which manages to raise considerable funds for the blind. As technology mates with Charity making donations becomes as simple as a click on the computer.

In fact with the latest Haiti Crisis the fund raising schemes have been innovative and interesting. Although some have been rather tough to monitor. How do you know that the money is really getting to the needy?

On Facebook itself all the games have allowed you to donate to Haiti by using Paypal. For instance on Farmville you can buy and plant a special "White Maize". These seeds are bought by real dollars and they are donated to the cause.

In the Birthday Zoo you are being offered a a rare Pelican to add to the zoo for just one dollar. You buy a bird for the zoo and make a small sun donation of one dollar to the Haiti Crisis. The donation is easy to make and being Facebook you feel its more than likely that you will not get scammed.

Unfortunately while a crisis brings about the noble spirit of giving in many of us, a few also find it a time of easy pickings. These scam artists will use the emotional drive which is pushing people to make big or small donations to line their own pockets.

Usually the con artists are easy to spot. You need to see how transparent the organization is. If its giving you a list of things to buy and donate it is far less likely to be a scam than some one who only wants you to send money.

if you are a little careful you can always make out who is not sincere. In the end it is easier to pick a Charity you would truly like to contribute to and make a donation right to them.If you are unsure about what cause you want to support, you can use amazon to make a donation to any charity that they feel is deserving. (Links on the right.)


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    • WildWomanFund profile image

      WildWomanFund 8 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thank you for writing this, and helping people find more reasons to give. Great article!

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Alekhouse, one does what one can. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Cashmere,for reminding us how important it is to give to others, especially when we are doing well ourselves.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      You know Peter, I have felt that way too. There is so much need in the world and no one person can help everyone. But one person can say a prayer to ask for help on the behalf of the distressed person they saw. That's what I tend to do. Just ask God to help that poor man or woman you saw. It will help draw positive vibrations to their lives.

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      Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you. Interesting article. I always think 'There but for the grace of God go I'. Sadly I have been unable to help everyone I have seen in need. Drawing a line on where to stop is a difficult task too. Giving blood is always worthwhile as is donation of your body after death.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      It is good to give. It is indeed more honourable to give than to receive. Thanks for sharing.