Quick question: Are you feeling a little donor fatigue? Does it seem like every cash register you sashay up to has a request for a small donation, or your friends and family are out collecting for the “cause” of the month? Are you continually beseeched by schools, marathons, and groups both big and small seeking a financial donation?
The need seems to grow exponentially year after year. Meanwhile, the emotional motivation to give supersedes the practicality of prudent budgeting. It’s enough to find ourselves with the dilemma of feeling overwhelmed, unfocused and out-of-control at times.
Drawing a Line In The Sand
The result can leave us sporting a hardened façade of resistance and often guilt. These causes do need us, and God bless the amazing work that they do.
Like anything else, philanthropic commitments need to be thought out. Is this an emotional donation, in which case no further explanation required. Or is it part of your planned giving.
Whatever your motivation understand this one important, but often overlooked notion, giving is multi-dimensional. Specifically, your donation offers obvious benefits to the recipient groups and participants, but also giving gives to those who give. It can lift you up, bestow feelings of self-satisfaction, and an innate knowing that you have personally contributed to the betterment of the world.
Give your time, give of your talents and abilities, be present and engaged in your gifts, and give financially to the causes that move and inspire you, make giving personal.
Budget your tithe and plan your giving.
Don’t miss the opportunity to give, it can heal not only the target of your gift, but it can lift you up and inspire you beyond your wildest imagination.
Giving makes you feel aware and alive; most importantly it takes us out of ourselves and provides us with a purpose beyond the worry and fear of our internal dialogue. Feeling down or blue get in front of a cause and step in to lift someone else up. Giving promotes community, it will release and awaken the greater good that indwells in you. Giving takes us out of our head and into compassion and empathy.
Giving allows us to see ourselves and others through a lens of hope rather than one of despair.
Yes indeed, giving sets an example, from a small gift a ripple can become a tsunami, giving is contagious and it starts with you and me.
The greatest gifts are those we receive when we give ~ Think World Class