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by Darrel Vickers

As one who believes in giving back, I found the following interesting and thought provoking.
Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.
1. Experience More Pleasure:
In research conducted by the National Institutes of Health2, participants who chose to donate a portion of $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Although this experiment was controlled and scientific, it did show that donating money simply makes you feel better, which is something we can all benefit from.

2. Help Others in Need:
We donít live in a perfect world, and thereís never going to be a perfect time to giveóbut there are always people out there in need of help. Whether interest rates are rising, the economy is in the doldrums, or even if youíre experiencing financial difficulties of your own, the reality is that when you donate your money, you help others who need it.

3. Get a Tax Deduction:
If you give to an IRS-approved charity, you can write off donations on your tax return. Certain restrictions do apply, though. To learn more about them, along with whether or not a particular charity has IRS approval, check the IRS website or The Life You Can Saveís fact sheet about tax deductibility. Donating your cash is a great way to reduce the amount of money you send off to Uncle Sam, and for a good cause, to boot.

4. Bring More Meaning to Your Life:
When you donate money to charity, you create opportunities to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. That, and making a real impact on those causes, can infuse your everyday life with more meaning. If youíve been stuck in a rut, whether personally or professionally, sometimes the simple act of donating cash can do the trick and reinvigorate your life.

5. Promote Generosity in Your Children:
When your kids see you donating money, they are much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up. I write from personal experience. Iíve donated money to a variety of charities over the years and have always made sure to inform my eight-year-old son of my efforts. Last Christmas, when he and I were shopping at a mall, he spotted a kiosk for a charity and rather than spending some of his allotted money on Christmas gifts, he asked if we could sponsor a hungry child overseas. We signed up then and there. Do the same with your kids and you might see similar results.

6. Motivate Friends and Family:
When you let your friends and family know of your charitable donations, they may find themselves more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give. It takes a village to address issues such as world poverty, scientific advancement, and early childhood education. Stoking passions in the folks around you is a very positive and tangible effect of your own giving.

7. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps:
You donít need $10,000 to make a difference in someoneís life. In developing countries, even just a few U.S. dollars could result in a weekís worth of meals for a starving child, much-needed medical attention, and even improved schooling. Donít just think of your cash donation from an American economic perspective. Often that money can go a lot further elsewhere in the world.

8. Improve Personal Money Management:
If you set a scheduled $100 donation each month for a particular charity, that can motivate you to be more attentive to your own finances in an effort to ensure you donít default or fall behind in your monthly donations. Anything that gets you to pay closer attention to your bank account is a good thingóespecially when it helps those in need.

9. Give, If You Canít Volunteer:
This might not necessarily be a positive effect of charitable giving, but if youíre too busy to volunteer or otherwise donate your time, giving money is the perfect workaround. Never think that you canít improve someoneís life or the world itself if your personal or professional schedule wonít allow the time. Writing out a check is a simple way to show youíre willing to help others in any way you can.
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Before I became a member of the Fundraising and Development Committee and attended a week long intense fundraising boot camp I thought fundraising was someone elseís job.
For example, Chris should go out and bang on doors and write grants and bring in the money we need. Perhaps we need to hire a fundraising director and they should just go out and raise the money.
Do any of you feel like this also?
The reality is this is not correct. While the Executive director should be out in front in some things no one person can do it alone. Even if we could hire a person to just do fundraising they would still need financial and time support from the membership.

There is no magic bullet when it comes to raising money.
Please reread the above nine things and look within yourselves and see if there is something you can do. If it is simply not possible to contribute financially perhaps you have time or a skill to help this great organization.