Post # 1
Now that we are in the full swing of the holiday spirit I’ve been thinking about where and how I spend my money. Does my sister-in-law need a another necklace that will clutter up her jewelry box? Or would the money be better used for hurricane disaster relief? So if you wouldn’t mind, I’d be curious to know how much you donate annually (while I realize there are more important things to donate than money, this is strictly about the Benjamins) and what your household income may be. Oh, and feel free to rep your charity of choice!
Post # 2
Theres a bible verse (cant remember which one) that says your right hand shouldn’t know what your left hand gives in terms of charity.
I dont think its appropriate to disclose what you give or do to help others.
Follow your heart and gut feeling and give/do what you can.
I will say that I need to remind myself that people need help all year round and your post reminded me of that. Thank you for sharing
Post # 3
After the election I started donating $20/month to Sierra Club, ACLU, RAINN, GLAAD, and the Brennan Center for Justice. I also try to throw $100 at Planned Parenthood at least once a year. My Maid/Matron of Honor lost her home in the Napa fires, so admittedly I focused more on her personally than overall disaster relief. Household income is about $100k, but that heavily leans towards FH’s income tbh.
For what it’s worth, with all the natural disasters that have happened this year I’ve read a lot of pieces that state that money is actually the most helpful thing to give in those situations.
ETA: Give what you can afford, and try not to stress too much about how many different causes there are. Pick something meaningful to you.
Post # 4
If you know someone is passionate about something it’s nice to donate funds in their honor. I volunteer a lot with the homeless and occasionally animals and I always ask for canned goods, old sheets/towels/clothes, and pet things for Christmas. I don’t need anymore crap!
I think most people donate 5-10% of their annual income to charity. I tend to donate 5% in monetary donations but also donate goods — like buying toiletries at Walmart when I know the women’s shelter is out of necessities or buying socks and gloves for the homeless people I see around my downtown office.
Post # 5
Rather than money, I donate volunteer time to a few organisatons in town monthly
Post # 6
I don’t donate. I’m a poor grad school student. But I do volunteer!
Post # 7
Innerdonught : Glad to see I was mistaken about you always being bitter.
Its hard to be involved with multiple organizations on a monthly basis – props to you!
Post # 8
I volunteer a lot at a sanctuary, and my employer matches my time volunteering by donating $10 to the charity for every hour spent.
Post # 9
if you have more free time, the volunteer will be the best choice. If your finance is good, you can donate some of it, it depends on personal income.
Post # 10
bridetobe2018 : thats a good way for charity
Post # 11
And when I’m in the UK I do a lot of volunteering. Now I work full time for an NGO abroad and am figuring out how to get more involved with local volunteering outside of work hours.
Post # 12
I donate $50 a month to the RSPCA in my town – I volunteered there twice and was shocked by how little they’ve got – I would have continued volunteering but I got a job and the scheduling didn’t work so I decided to donate them money instead.
Other than that I occasionally donate money to various causes/people – but this is the only monthly contribution that happens automatically from my account.
Post # 13
wouldbedorothy : I have two direct debits set up, for £13.50 total per month. I then make donations to our local Food Bank at Christmas (about £20) and make other one off donations or sponsorships throughout the year. So, probably £250 per year.
I would like to donate more but as it stands I donate 7.5% of my disposable/luxury income which I do think is quite a lot.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I have a sponsorship arrangement with a local animal charity; you sponsor the animals to be prepared for rehoming, then move onto sponsoring another when they are etc. I also have a standing order to a friend, as she has another friend who is extremely ill and needs funds to pay for meds etc.
I don’t currently volunteer as I’ve just finished up a 3 year stint on a committee organising an annual event, but after the wedding I’ll be looking for another volunteer gig. My volunteering hasn’t strictly been for charity in the past (although at this year’s annual event we raised £6000 for charity) but I think that the next one will be.
Post # 15
I donate to animal rescues throughout the year. I also volunteer there. It probably adds up to about $500/year.