5 Reasons You Should Give to Charity
People always think twice before giving to charity. Over recent years there has been a number of disturbing stories in the media about charities wasting millions of dollars either in the wrong areas that have little effect or on administration and salaries. This should not stop people giving to charity as there are still a great number of worthwhile causes out there that need continued support. Most of these charities hugely benefit from the smallest of donations.
Charity is, and should be, considered a noble act and in many ways it can benefit your life. I’m not talking about the tax benefits (although they should not be ignored) there are a number of other ways your life can improve by giving regularly to charitable organizations. Here are 5 reasons you should give to charity.
1. Small things can make a big difference
Donating even a small amount can have a big effect on disadvantages people. Small donations from developed countries are worth a lot more in the developing world. When we all act together, these can add up to a substantial amount. Making a difference to some people doesn’t always cost a lot either. Just a few dollars can buy a pair of shoes for a student that allows him to walk to school and get an education.
2. Charity motivates you to become a better person
Helping charities you have an interest in will motivate you to help further. If you have more, you can give more and so this in turn motivates you to do well in your own life and work hard to keep on giving. It also helps you become a better person, you feel better about yourself and more positive about the world around you.
3. Meet new friends with similar interests
Charity is not just about giving a monetary unit. You can contribute in other ways. Volunteering is a great way to help others less fortunate than you. There are numerous organizations that are always looking for hard working, flexible volunteers. You can meet other people who also like to give their time through volunteering and hence, meet people with the same charitable interests.
4. Show leadership to others
If you are considered a leader in your social circle, what better way to motivate the people around you than to give to charity? If you have children, think how they will see you caring for other people and you will inspire them to lead their lives in a caring and effective manner. If you don’t have children, I’m sure some of your relatives do and you will be seen as an inspirational member of the family. Let’s face it; we need these types of leaders in the 21st century.
5. Because you can
You are lucky, very lucky. In fact, you are one of the most privileged people alive today. You have clean water, fresh clothes, shelter, warmth and food when you want and need it. Billions of people do not have the access to these basic needs. It is the duty of every privileged person to give to the underprivileged. Don’t even stop to think about it, give whatever you can, when you can, because you are lucky you can.
Read my blog which gives details of 2 very worthwhile charities in Thailand. The first helps students get into school and the second helps orphaned, handicapped and abandoned children to give them a better life. You can give online through their websites, the links you will find on my blog. You can also contact them to volunteer if you are traveling in the region.
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By Stephen Holmes