Donating to a charitable cause can be one of the most rewarding experiences in one’s life. It is important to consider philanthropic efforts, not as a business transaction, but rather a connection between one individual and humanity. Many people support organizations that align with their moral beliefs and values. However, it can be challenging justifying donating money when you have your own expenses to uphold. As challenging as it may seem, there are several ways that individuals can donate or make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you may realize it or not, giving back has many positive impacts not only for the organization but for the donor as well. Take a look at the several benefits of giving:
Makes you feel good
Knowing that you are doing something good to help others will naturally cause you to feel better about yourself. Giving back is a proven way to feel empowered and boost your mood. Studies show that when people donate to a charitable cause, the pleasure center of the brain is activated. Giving is also an ideal way to strengthen your personal values and discover what you are passionate about.
Set an example
When you share your experiences of donating, whether that be through financial means or time, others are more likely to get involved. Giving back is a great way to connect with friends and family and can encourage them to support causes that they find of value. It can also be a great way to get more people involved to raise even more funds for a charitable organization. Of course, donating to a local non-profit or organization is a great way to set an example to children who will be motivated to grow up making positive changes.
If you donate to a nonprofit or charity organization, you may receive a tax break at the end of the year. Be sure to save receipts of donations made and report the number of contributions made when completing your taxes. Your tax amount may be deducted, reducing your tax burden at the end of the year.
The positive impacts of giving back are endless, both for the donor and receiver. Many nonprofit organizations and research centers rely solely on donors to stay operating. By giving back, you are supporting the greater good and are helping to make a difference to important causes across several different industries, areas, and communities.
This article was originally published at LambrosChristofi.org.