endeavor worth undertaking, especially one that may affect others, deserves our
careful consideration before we begin. When contemplating charitable giving,
think about the following points:
Your Causes. Worthy causes abound and regularly solicit our time and money.
Choose a few organizations that focus on areas that are meaningful to you, and
then research what kind of help is needed.
Your Gifts. When planning your annual budget, include charitable gifts.
Distributing your donations throughout the year may lessen the impact on your
finances and increase your total giving.
- Plan Your
Volunteer Activities. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience,
especially when you’re able to see the fruits of your labor. Carefully
determine the time you have available to ensure your best efforts for the
cause. Avoid taking on too much.
Your Plans. Just as you review your annual financial budget, review your
annual time and value budget. Revise your volunteer commitments to include only
those where the rewards have been the greatest for both you and your cause.
Think quality rather than quantity.
Through our gifts of time and money, we may create better communities and a better world. The time spent formulating your charitable giving strategy can help you maximize the effect you have on the causes and organizations that are closet to your heart.