Participate in the Tradition of Giving
- 89% of American households make a contribution to one or more charitable organization.
- The average gift of contributing households is $1,620, or 3.1% of income.
- According to Giving USA, individual Americans gave more than $222 billion to charitable and community causes in 2007.
The nonprofit sector cannot take the place of government programs, nor can it single-handedly cure the ills and disparities of society. But each of us can make a difference in a small way, in our own sphere, and can find ways to help that will make our efforts worth the time and trouble we invest in them.
Some of the Best Reasons to Give
Some of the best reasons to give are the ones you may not have considered - the ones that make it worth your while to go that extra step. People who have contributed money to a charity report that they get back in satisfaction and joy more than they ever expend in inconvenience or effort - what you get back is immeasurable. You'll also receive these benefits:
- Giving helps keep taxes and other costs down.
- Giving returns to society some of the benefits society gives you.
- Giving lets those who have more, share with those who have less.
- Giving encourages more giving - you can set an example for others.
It's What in the World You Can Do!
You might be thinking, "The little bit that I can do will never help much!" or "What in the world can I do?" If you've ever spent ten minutes reading a book to a lonely child, you know that even that small amount of compassion and attention can make a world of difference. No one person can solve the world's problems, but what little you do can make your little corner of the world-or one far away from yours a happier, healthier, safer place to live for those who need your help. Each of us can right a wrong, fill a plate, visit a shut-in or clean up a park - and that does make a difference for us all!
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