Donating a little bit of money or time may not seem like much. But if your donation is joined
with others, it becomes something much bigger. Giving to others increases your capacity for
love. It makes you realize that even if you don’t have much, you have enough to share with
Eighty-eight percent of households give to charity. Some people give to charity because they want to make a difference, while others do so because they feel obligated. Some people do it to get credit, and others because it’s socially expected of them. Others who cannot give financially give their time by volunteering at non-profits that are important to them. In 2011, the estimated dollar value of volunteer time was $19.54 per hour. In addition to the financial impact of volunteering, many people in need do benefit by the volunteer efforts of others.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the problems in the world and feel like you can’t make a
difference. There is a lot of poverty and millions of underserved children. Many non-profits
are underfunded and understaffed. If everybody gave of their resources and time then our
world would be much happier and a much better place. Just getting the word out makes a
difference. Many employers offer employees one day off with pay per year just for
volunteering. Others will offer paid time off for employee volunteer projects when multiple
people participate together.
Donating money can be just as contagious. If you see an important cause, share it over social media. Dare your friends to pick an important cause and donate. Give a donation as a gift instead of buying a useless gadget. Donate in honor of a loved one.