One thing I’ve been putting off is sorting out all my receipts so I can do my taxes and get a rebate on the charitable donations I made last year.
T asked me if that was the only reason that I give to charity.
I was all “WHAT? That’s ridiculous!”
Yeah, I get the tax back on those, but it’s only a small amount (33%?) I donate because it’s a GOOD THING TO DO.
If everyone gave a little bit every month, think how that would add up.
And yeah, giving also makes me feel good. You’ve probably experienced the same thing. (Studies show altruism is a good thing emotionally and, potentially, even health wise.)
He sometimes teases me and says we can’t afford to give away money. But of course we can. Frankly, I don’t give a ton – sometimes only $5 or 10 a month. Occasionally enough to hurt – maybe $40. I don’t have any causes close to my heart, so it’s generally a new organisation every time. (I’ve actually run through my whole list now, so if you have any worthy suggestions, leave a comment.) And of course, when people I know are doing fundraisey things like growing moustaches and running races, that’s another avenue for my monthly pledge too.
Anyway, time to stop procrastinating and print out those receipts. And maybe this year instead of saving that refund, I’ll donate that extra amount, too.
Do you give to charity? How do you decide where your money goes?