Your donations are recycled back into the community via scholarships, physical and mental wellness events, literacy outreach, mentorships, and other fundraising activities. You can feel comfortable that your donation will afford a opportunity for a deserving youth or adult that truly is in need.
Personal satisfaction. You can strike a blow against diseases or situations that have hit you personally. “With a father and four of his siblings dead from the same disease, I can look at the check I send to the Alzheimer’s Association and see something that is every bit as therapeutic as any new therapy that money may help create. I see new drug trials, and respite care, and a light against enveloping darkness,” Esquire writer and author Charles P. Pierce wrote in “Sweet Charity: The Benefits of Giving Back” for O, the Oprah Magazine.
Improved well-being. Giving to others can improve your physical health, self-esteem and mental health. One day you’ll retire, so think about the findings of a 2010 Cornell University study, which found that baby boomers who volunteered on environmental projects gained huge benefits. “Environmental stewardship is strongly linked to greater physical activity, better self-rated health and fewer symptoms of depression over a period of 20 years,” the study found. Environmental volunteers are also half as likely as non-volunteers to feel depressed later in life, while other forms of volunteering cut depression by about 10 percent.
Society benefits. “Nearly 20 percent of donors nationwide said that the most important reason they donated was to help people meet basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and heat,” and 17 percent said “making the world a better place” motivated them, according to Philanthropy Matters, a publication of the Center on Philanthropy. Americans gave almost $300 billion to domestic charities in 2010, according to the Giving USA Foundation and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.