NWR Spinoff: How much of your income do you donate?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I suggest you start a poll. 

I donate about 2-3% of my salary each year, but DH and I both work for non-profit/govt.  When I worked for a big corporation (and had a correspondingly bigger salary, I donated more.  I also donate about 250-300 hours a year to volunteer work, including time serving on a board and legal skills, so it’s effectively a lot more impact than just 2-3%.

I have several friends that donate 10%+ so I think it all varies.  I read an interesting article about how certain areas donate more (e.g. South), however, other areas (e.g. Northwest where I live) have a much higher taxes (and COL) that support services for low income and which provide similar results for low-income people (a willingness to pay taxes for the public good based on need without any religious affiliation).  For example, our health care in Massachusetts is much richer than the benefits in many southern states and that’s supported by my taxes – and my job working on a Medicaid program.  So it’s a bit of a cultural thing.  The article talked about religion being the base for higher donations in the South, while a “self-sufficient” perspective the reason for lowered donation in the North.

 http://philanthropy.com/article/Interactive-How-America-Gives/133709/#{“panelsStates”:[0,0,0,0],”panelShowing”:0,”searchString”:””,”searchChoiceIndex”:0,”autoSuggestObject”:null,”clickResponse”:null,”clickEvent”:null,”mapLatLng”:null,”mapZoomLevel”:”nation”,”initialTextTitle”:””,”initialParagraph”:””,”contibutionCatagories”:0,”incomeBrackets”:0,”cObj”:null,”obj_data”:null,”conveyor”:0,”noSplash”:0}

http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2012-08-20/study-less-religious-states-give-less-charity

ETA: I donate to my non-profit and college every year.  I’ve also donated to women’s groups (e.g. shelters), research, Planned Parenthood, hunger, my law school.  My volunteer work now is largely for my non-profit, but I’ve also volunteered at a Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (legal services in law school), Planned Parenthood (escort services, help with judicial bypass system), Habitat for Humanity, bar association (health care related) etc.  I also donate items to shelters (just gave last month a huge bag of tolietries – deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, contact solution, etc) or goodwill.  It varies.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I work in non-profit development so it is my job to stress the importance of giving. 🙂 What people don’t realize is that even a small amount per month can make an impact for a non-profit. If someone where to donate $5 from every bimonthly paycheck that would be an annual gift of $120, now imagine if 50% of your friends and family also did this? Talk about an impact! 

The most important thing is to find a charity that is personal to you, not one that someone else wants you to give to.    

For me personally I donate about 3% of my income to the charity of my choice, and my husband does the same.  

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I don’t donate anything usually, but if I happen to hear/read etc that a local animal charity is in trouble, I will donate money/food/supplies to them. I love animals. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@QueenOfSerendip:  Back when I was uber Catholic, I got my pay stub, calculated 10% of the gross and wrote a check to my church. On top of that, I donated to other non-profits as I could. 

Now that I’m not so Catholic, it’s probably around 5% to various charities. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We don’t donate to anything to charities but if there is a firefighters banquet or a benefit for a family in the community well donate something. We keep our donations local. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

I’m with you – about 5% a year. I sponsor a child through Children International and donate to my state’s Humane Society every month.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MexiPino:  Just have to say, I love the “not so Catholic” lol.

@QueenOfSerendip:  We donate our time to causes we really care about (there are 2 – it’s all we can reasonably do given our current schedules) but we don’t donate cash. One of our causes is dog rescues (big surprise, I’m sure :P). We donate time to walk them and I do their marketing for free. We also donate dog food, our used crates, etc.

I guess we could do more, but our money is all allocated at the moment.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Pinkmoon:  +1. Animals welfare is the cause closest to my heart. I do walk the dogs on a regular basis and give to my one specific rescue, but if there is a case I hear about that pulls my heartstrings (essentially all of them), I will donante food, time, toys, whatever.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

DH and I each donate 10% of our monthly net income.  We are not rich and we could really use that 10%, but we know there are others out there that need it more than us.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We make a combined total of $150k/year and this past we we have really amped up our donations, by the end of the year we will have donated about $11k.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I give about 10% of my personal income and about 6% of our total combined income to the rescue I work with on our board. I plan on giving more once the wedding is done. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I donate a bit each year at the holidays ($50-75) and about the same annually to my university and to my college’s Dance Marathon fundraiser, which was super close to my heart. So, percentage-wise… about 0.3%. I’m also a grad student living in NYC, so… I figure I’m doing my best, and when I’m a tenured professor, I better get my ass in gear and do better.

Ohhh, and I donate WAY too much money to political campaigns. It’s a sickness. I don’t think that really counts though.

I do try to donate my time, varying from 10+ hours per week to 2-3 hours per month, depending on how busy I am/how much the organizations I care about need help at that time.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well I run an animal sanctuary and that costs me a minimum of $500/month. There are a few select charities I donate regularly to – animal rescue/rights groups and disabled veterans. So I am guessing somewhere between 5 and 10%.

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