The most happiest moments in life come with the giving to strangers. I grew up with the knowledge that it was good to help others; both my parents lived that way. They assisted friends and family even at times when they had little themselves and when more prosperity came they were still in service. Whether in providing shelter, money, labour or time, the giving was quietly rendered.
I pick my charities but promote many and most the time I believe that the money is properly allocated. Recently, I questioned the allocation of resources by one charity. I made a call to tell them to stop sending me note pads and address labels, “I have enough thank you and I don’t write that many letters to justify this many labels.” I politely explained my concerns and hoped that the money I was sending was going where it was most needed, not on cost associated with these “thank you” items.
The fact is these “thank you” items always come with a note to give more and it was beginning to feel like obligation more than just giving. The nickle received taped to the card, the ready-made address labels and monogrammed note pads seemed all too much. If I give, I don’t expect to receive anything except for the satisfaction of knowing the good that comes from my contribution to that organization. Updates on how they are progressing will suffice. I’m sure there is some logic behind this that makes sense to them but I am one contributor that doesn’t agree.
I hope that my message was received in the spirit it was given. I expect nothing for my decision to give. I give because I can, because I’m passionate about a cause and from that place of passion my heart fills up with joy. To know my baby elephant in Kenya is fed and working its way toward freedom, to know women are funded through education or job development initiatives, to know a children’s charity that assists my niece greatly can continue to help others too or the hospitals that we use can get equipment and build to support the community; those are the benefits associated with my giving.
Charities should see if what they are sending out is truly cost effective or could that money be better spent somewhere else? My call means that now I will only receive a request for donation once a year instead of every month. Hopefully they will resist the urge to send me anymore labels, as pretty as they are I don’t need anything…and that is why I’m giving. 🙂 How lucky am I.
Please check out my charities page and if you have any organizations you think I should add please email me.