We are all encouraged to share our blessings. If people give more and tend to be less hateful, there would be less violence and more acceptance (not just tolerance) of other people’s differences and flaws. The world will certainly be a better and much brighter place to live in. While it is encouraged, it certainly isn’t forced on others. Charity is often a voluntary act of compassion towards other people and not something you do forcibly. With the billions of people on the planet today and the unequal distribution of wealth too, it is not uncommon to find millions of people suffering from hunger, poverty, violence, and all sorts of crimes. But we can make a difference in their lives if we learn to share what we have no matter how little it is.
We often think that charity often involves money. Well, most of the time it does but not necessarily true. You can give your time and effort in helping others and are just as valuable as your hard-earned cash. Most of the time, though, charities often prefer to receive monetary donations since they can use it to fund programs and other charitable events. If you have more than what you need, it helps if you give some to the less unfortunate and help foster a culture of giving and compassion rather than that of hate and prejudice.
You do not need to be rich in order to give to charity. In fact, you don’t even need money at all!
You can donate old stuff that you have no use for but could help a family in need. You can donate your time and help tutor a neighbourhood kid or volunteer at the soup kitchen. Your skills can be valuable to the charity itself, be it manning the reception a few hours a week, helping with accounting or building a website for them to gain more exposure.
You can also organize fundraisers and get your family and friends involved to help your cause, or ask them to donate money to charity in your name for your birthday or for Christmas.
Donating your time can be a one off endeavour or a regular commitment all over the year. Again, do what you can without spreading yourself too thin.
Not only rich people can give. Even if you are just an ordinary individual, you are still better off than the homeless person out in the streets. We may not know their circumstances and we often pass judgment easily about them not working harder but it should not be an excuse for you to avoid your moral responsibility of extending help to those in need. After all, there are tax breaks for charitable individuals and businesses, so it’s not entirely a lose-lose situation for you.
Celebrity-charity strategic alliances benefit both parties in multiple ways. Very importantly, they provide established as well as fast-tracking entertainers and athletes meaningful opportunities to leverage their current and growing stature to drive support to philanthropic causes they feel deeply about. For non-profits, the benefits of aligning with celebrities can be tremendous. Aside from having the services of people who care about their causes, the charities get spokespeople who can champion their positions and are regularly instrumental in helping to fundraise.
In a study of 165 talent agents and managers, more than four out of five of them have addressed the matter of charitable giving and personal involvement with their more successful entertainment clients. Many times the agents and managers are involved with helping them identify and work with charities that are synergistic.
Even celebrities are more inclined to be charitable and in a way that also encourages their fans to share their blessings rather than just watching on the sidelines. It is increasingly becoming harder for many to thrive in the crowded world we live in because resources are fast depleting and becoming more expensive than ever while many compete for these products and services. Hence, it is no wonder that many live in poverty or even out in the streets. By giving more, you make a big difference in the life of another person and you can sleep soundly at night knowing your small contribution uplifted the lives of others in need.