There are numerous reasons to donate money to a charitable organization. Strong motivators include altruism and a basic moral obligation to help others. Individual charitable giving has decreased frequently due to personal economic factors, despite the obvious need. However, broader economic factors and global crises will always necessitate charitable giving.
More than half of the world’s extreme poor live in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Bank. In fact, the region’s poor population increased by 9 million in 2015, with 413 million people living on less than US$1.90 per day, more than the rest of the world combined. If current trends continue, Sub-Saharan Africa will account for nearly 9 out of 10 of the world’s extreme poor by 2030. The vast majority are uneducated and under the age of 18.’
If you’re reading this on your phone or laptop, you’re probably well aware of your privilege, and the statistics above may be unfamiliar to you. However, awareness can be the most powerful motivator for helping others and changing the world, and donating money to charity is the simplest and most long-lasting way to do so.
It’s a big, big world out there
It’s all too easy for us to become pigeonholed in our thinking. The above World Bank statistics can make us believe that the task is so large that there is nothing we can do to help. A sense of disconnection exists, which frequently leads to apathy. While parts of the world face enormous and devastating challenges, we find it far too easy to change the channel on our televisions.
That is precisely why global charity organizations such as ours exist: to act as a go-between and a universal “magic wand of change” for people all over the world. We’ve been a driving force behind the vision of creating a world that is safe for all children for years. By donating money to charity, you can make a small, seemingly insignificant difference in a world that you and I would not normally have access to. Because of charity organizations with tried-and-true resources and a track record of making a difference in this big, big world, your money can go where you can’t.
Two Reasons Why You Should Give To Charity
Donating to the causes you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, it can be deeply rewarding for you too. Millions of people donate to charity on a regular basis to support causes they care about as well as to benefit their own lives.
So, why is it so satisfying to give to charity? We’ve looked at two reasons why you should donate to your favorite charities.
1 You Feel Good After Giving To Charity
Giving to charity is a great way to lift your spirits. Knowing that you’re helping others gives you a sense of accomplishment, which can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Making a charitable donation has been linked to increased activity in the part of the brain that registers pleasure, proving that, as the old adage goes, it’s far better to give than to receive. This is supported by our own research into why people give. We asked 700 of our generous donors what motivates them to give regularly to charity, and 42% said the pleasure they get from giving is a major factor.
2 Personal Values Are Strengthened By Giving To Charity
In our study, Why We Give, the most common reason for giving to charity was a sense of social conscience. 96 percent said they felt a moral obligation to use what they had to help others, regardless of the type of charity work they supported, a sentiment that was deeply rooted in their personal values and principles.
Having the ability to improve the lives of others is a privilege for many people, and it comes with a sense of responsibility. Acting on these strong feelings of responsibility is a great way to reinforce our own personal values and feel like we’re living our lives in accordance with our ethical beliefs.