You likely have heard the saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Not all people would agree with this, although many who do, know there can indeed be joy and much satisfaction in thoughtful giving.
Thoughtful giving is just what the name implies. It’s putting thought into where you would like to make a difference. It’s taking the time to reflect upon how you might best help a cause that is meaningful to you. It’s helping others, often those in need, those less fortunate and those whose lives or situation can be made a little better as a result. Frequently this is done through supporting a charitable organization, one in which you have a sense of trust and confidence. One in which gets results and helps your dollars to have the greatest impact.
Most people possess a quality of compassion. Compassion shows the desire to help others, particularly those in need. If we as human beings are all connected and have a responsibility for our fellow man, then contributing to a worthwhile nonprofit that gets results can help us express that compassion.
When we give, we participate in what we deem is important. Giving promotes cooperation and social connection. When one gives, they’re more likely to get back. Several studies by sociologists Brent Simpson and Robb Willer have suggested that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line. These exchanges promote a sense of trust and cooperation that strengthen our ties to others—and research has shown that having positive social interactions is central to good mental and physical health. (5 Ways Giving Is Good for You).
I am reminded of a story in which an individual who volunteered to assist with a healthcare program in Haiti. He had decided he didn’t have much money to contribute but could give his time by helping in a clinic. After his arrival he was willing to do anything and was asked by the leader of the group to cut hair. Although he had no experience in cutting hair, he took the scissors and did the best job he could. After an hour or so at his job he began to realize that many of these people looked extremely poor. He thought of his small apartment back home, his old beat up car, his old TV and began to wonder how he compared to the people here. And so he asked the next man whose hair he was cutting “do you think I am rich?” The man looked at him carefully and sincerely wanting to respond to this question asked him a simple; question, “Have you eaten today?”
The amount is not nearly as important as the fact that you act.
Thoughtful giving can bring blessings and joy to you and those you involve in the process. If you have a passion, support it. Take the time to carefully reflect upon how you want to make a difference in this world. Take the time to investigate the charities you wish to support. Judge their effectiveness and impact. And don’t be afraid to ask how your contribution made a difference.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
George Krupanski has been CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware for 27 years, growing the organizations operations budget from $1.8M to $18.5M. Krupanski is also President of Dynamic Management Associates, a management consultant group for non-profit agencies providing training and consulting to dozens of nonprofits. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware visit bgclubs.org . George can be reached at GKrupanski@bgclubs.org or 302-658-1870.