Giving is something that we are really working on. Until recently, it felt as though we did not have enough money to, but now that we are making more, we would of course like to give more as well. I am a firm believer in giving, whether it be in a monetary form, or in the form of volunteer work.
We have always given at least a little bit to our favorite charities. I believe it was around $50 per month that was taken directly out of W's paychecks (and this way we never missed the money)! But when he left that job, our payments to that charity disappeared as well. And this is something that we feel incredibly guilty about. If we are succeeding, then we want others to as well! We don't like how others around us are not doing as well.
Not everyone strikes it lucky, and if you can spread the wealth, then why not? There are many respectable and honorable organizations out there that can always use help. Some people have very bad luck, and can use just even the tiniest bit of help.
Perpetual is a manager of over 540 charitable trusts and endowment funds, and has also distributed funds to a wide range of community projects across each state and territory in Australia. This funding, together with funding from the Perpetual Foundation, supports areas including arts and culture, the environment, education, medical research, religion and social welfare.
An individual such as you can me make a real difference. All you have to do is get started! Starting might be the hard part, as there are so many options out there that you can participate and help with. Where should your dollars and time go? It seems like there are so many organizations out there that need help!
You can make a long lasting gift to your community in several ways. Perpetual can help you: decide how and when to give for maximum community impact; match your charitable intent with suitable causes, charities or projects; create a charitable trust now or through your will; and also manage and administer your charitable trust. This way you can be as efficient and effective with your philanthropic dollars as you can be. Stretching this helpful money is important.
You can help build schools, buy books for children and/or libraries, help cure diseases, help families in need and much, much more.
Do you have plans to increase your giving? What are they?
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