I Give Because I’m Selfish

by Chrysula on December 30, 2012 in empowering women and girls

GIVEIt’s year end donation time. Honestly, it makes me a bit sad how charitable organizations plead for final year end funds, reminding us to get our last tax deductible gifts in before the financial year ends. About one third of all giving happens in December and over one-fifth happens in the last two days of December.

The merits of regular monthly donations versus lump sum giving are a debate I’ll leave for the philanthropy experts. I’ll just say this–if you’ve got a few minutes and a little bit of money to share, please squeeze in a little more giving in these next couple of days before year end.

I give to charity not because I’m noble, or even good. I give because I’m selfish. I give because it’s a tenant of my faith. I give because it’s a duty and an obligation. And honestly, I give because I feel so much better when I do. There’s this incredible knock on effect. I cannot explain it other than through the language of religious belief. When I give, the blessings come back to me magnified far beyond my own efforts.

As one of my brothers said to me once, “I give because quite frankly, I can’t afford not to.”

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Erin January 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I agree completely. There always seems to be a reason not to donate, even if it’s something your heart and spirit are telling you to do. I finally obliged my beliefs, and signed up for our workplace charitable giving campaign. I’m donating money from every paycheque, to the United Way. My grandmother always said, what goes around, comes around, and she was someone I always looked up to. I’m happy to do it, and wish I hadn’t waited so long!

Viv Capriano January 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

Another nod for charitable giving. I like to think that if I’m buying the “junk” I’m getting at the grocery store, I can certainly donate an equal amount to the local food bank! I also believe that cheerful giving is contagious, that our families will look for ways to give, either anonymously or publicly. The good feelings we get when we share are worth sharing with our families. I can see it happening now in my grandchildren, as they watch their parents continue the tradition of giving we established in our home. Those good feelings continue to fill our hearts as we are able to do more, dig a little deeper, stretch a little further. It feels good year-round, too.

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