The 5 positive effects of donating money to charity
1. It makes you feel good.
In a recent survey, donors were asked what motivates them to give. Forty two percent of those who responded replied that the knowledge that they are helping others is hugely empowering. They also said it makes them feel happier and more fulfilled.
Different research has identified a link between making a donation to charity and increased activity in the area of the brain that registers pleasure. So if you want to feel good it might be time to try out the old saying. It is better to give than receive. Scientists have proven it is true!
2. It strengthens personal values.
A feeling of social conscience is the most widely-given reason to give to charity. It doesn’t matter what charity people support. When asked, 96% of donors, across the board said that they feel a moral duty to use what they have to help others. This feeling is deeply rooted in their personal values and principles.
We don’t live in a perfect world, and there’s never going to be a perfect time to give but there are always people out there in need of help. No matter how much you do or don’t have currently, the power to improve the lives of others can be a privilege. This privilege is often backed with a sincere sense of obligation. To act on these deep feelings of obligation and responsibility can help us to live in a way that is true to our beliefs. It is also a great way to reinforce our personal values.
3. It makes a difference.
You don’t need thousands of pounds? to make a difference in someone’s life. In fact, in many cases just a few pounds a month can make a huge difference to the work your chosen charity can undertake.
As a taxpayer if you gift aid your donation you can boost the amount of your donations by the tax office matching every ?1 you spend with 25p at no cost to you. Also, with payroll giving, you can donate straight from your salary, before tax. You can even donate shares, or leave a legacy in your will. No matter how big or small a donation, it all makes a difference!
4. It introduces the idea of generosity to your children.
When your kids see you donating money, they’re much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up. We have all heard of the story where a child has been so moved by someone with less than them that they have chosen to donate some of their birthday or Christmas money. We all recognise the work youth organisations do in raising money for causes, and schools with their different fundraisers.
How about instilling this as a family, collectively choosing a charity to support, hosting a donation box or taking on a sponsored family event It is never too early to support the foundation of morality, ethics and values.
5. It encourages others to do the same.
When you let your friends and family know of your charitable donations, they may find themselves more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give. Indeed many of your family and friends may already be giving to charity. By working together you could all help to make even more of a positive impact.
It takes collaboration to see great things achieved. As Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple said, Great things are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Are you considering donating money to charity? There are many amazing local and national charities all helping to make the world a better place.
If you would like to find out about Thanet Iceberg Project and the work that we are doing in and around Thanet please you can see more about our projects on our what we do page.
To donate to our work please visit our fundraising pages here.
Finally, if you would like to get in touch our contact form is here.