Everybody has their own reasons for donating to worthy causes. Some do it for religious reasons. Some to make the world a better place. Some to help those less fortunate. Whatever the reason, it’s good to give back to the community.
Andrew Carnegie is a great example of a philanthropist. Carnegie gave away millions of dollars to cities across the country to fund over 2,000 public libraries. Carnegie felt it was important to share his wealth. In Carnegie’s time, public education was not prevalent, so by funding libraries, he gave people of all ages access to books, and in turn, a chance at becoming more educated.
A more current example of philanthropy is Bill Gates. Gates, founder of Microsoft, was raised with the family credo “From those to whom much has been given, much is expected”. He and his wife Melinda set up The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help people around the world. The foundation distributed almost $4 Billion in 2008 for programs that tackle issues such as global health, 3rd-world development, and education. And while none of us have the financial resources of Bill Gates, we can still give back to the community.
Donating can take many forms: money, time, or in-kind products. Donating money is very important because it allows charities to operate and help those less fortunate. There are other ways to donate though. You can donate time through volunteer work. Whether you are a Salvation Army bell ringer, deliver meals to the elderly, or clean cages at the animal shelter, you are providing a valuable service to the community. You can also donate items like food, clothes, or other items in need. For example, food drives allow you to donate canned goods for people that don’t have enough to eat. So whatever form it takes, giving back is beneficial for three reasons:
- It feels good to help other people in your community
- Others less fortunate than you need the help and can appreciate your donation
- If you are ever in need of help, you are more likely to get it since you helped others
So as you move through your busy life, take a few minutes to consider how you might help make a difference for others. They, and you, will be glad you did.