8 reasons I should make charitable contributions
I believe poverty, in its absolute sense, shouldn't exist, so I've always wanted to be able to give a certain percentage of my income to charity. I've made excuses about this in the past, but I think I need to start aligning my actions and my words. As part of the process of convincing myself, I've made this list.
1. To make a difference (over time)
In a purely utilitarian sense, my money is probably a more valuable donation than my time. I need to prioritize giving to a foundation that is impact-focused.
2. To counter greed
Sometimes I can be miserly when it comes to my savings. I hope that giving away money at regular intervals will help conquer this.
3. To eliminate any fear of poverty/economic insecurity
While reading, I came across the idea that, for some people, fear of poverty can't be cured by simply gaining more money. It's more deeply-rooted than that. Charitable donations, however, were cited as a "cure" for this fear, and I think I see why. When we give we realize that we can do enough with less.
4. To carry out my duty to my fellow humans
I deliberately phrased this as a matter of duty vs. one of guilt.
5. To do something difficult
Making big purchases of any kind is difficult for me, because I can be frugal/cheap.
6. To show myself that I want, but don't need, many of the things in my life
Giving money to charity will be a perpetual reminder of how fortunate I am, and of how people need basic things I take for granted.
7. To be more mindful about how I spend my money
Charity spending is a good use of my money. Buying another pair of shoes is not.
8. As part of a routine channeling active gratitude
Every time I make a donation, I will be reminded that I have the fortune to have surplus.