All over the country, people are tightening their purse strings as they face an increasingly uncertain financial future. Unsurprisingly, one of the first budget items to be removed is charitable giving. While charitable giving at the same level may not be possible for everybody, there are still good reasons to continue giving or start supporting the causes that matter most to you.
We need more givers!
According to UK Giving 2019, published by Charities Aid Foundation, the number of people who give regularly to charity is down for the third year straight this year. This downward turn is due, at least in part, to lack of trust on behalf of the public. Many people worry that much of their donations go to salaries, administrative costs, and other costs leaving little to finance the projects they actually want to support. However, by using schemes like Gift Aid and checking sites like Charity Navigator can help you choose charities that get the most out of every pound they receive.
You should put your money where your mouth is.
Regular charitable giving actually helps to STRENGTHEN your sense of values. It’s easy to say that you support a cause or espouse a belief, in principle. But, when that belief actually costs you something, even if it’s only twenty pounds, it ingrains a sense of investment into those beliefs. Most people who do volunteer or give regularly say that they do so out of a sense of moral obligation.
It’s good family values.
Teaching children about generosity and the impact that small acts of kindness can have on others is an important lesson that we all want to impart. Charitable giving is a great way to do that. Letting kids choose a cause, fundraise, and donate is a great way to empower them and teach them that they can have a positive impact on the world around them. An easy way to do this is to set up a small box at home where everybody can drop spare coins during the month. At the end of the month count it together and donate the cash to a charity of your choice.
It makes you feel good.
Most people who donate regularly admit that part of the reason why they do it is that they feel good about it. Giving becomes a habit with a great payoff both personally and in the world around you.