Charity Begins at Home

Feisty By Feisty, 17th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rgpnf84/
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How do you determine who and where your charitable donations go?

Only So Much to Give

For most of us, financial resources are limited. Every person living has the same 24 hours to their day. How these two resources are allocated depends on the values each of us have, our social conscience, our cultural norms.

There are any number of worthy causes that request donations of time and/or money, so how do you determine which ones get your attention -- and your resources?

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Setting Priorities

There are quite a number of causes that tug at my heart strings and social conscience, but none as much as my family and friends.

I am a person of modest means. Most of my family members are in the same financial situation.

I could choose to donate any extra funds to a charity or two, or I could provide assistance to those closest to me. I have chosen the latter.

Is one choice more correct than the other? In my opinion, both are valid choices. It is up to each individual to determine to do one or the other, both, or none at all.

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Helping One Helps the Many

What little I have in the way of any extra funds to be donated would barely pay for a day's worth of postage to even a small charity.

When I use those funds frugally for my loved ones, they benefit by being better able to pay a utility bill, putting nutritious food on the table for their families or enjoying a special family outing.

The way I see it, by my helping my loved ones I am helping to keep them from needing to seek assistance elsewhere, making more assistance available to those who don't have family assistance.

I watch my grandchildren so I can enjoy interacting with them. This saves money on daycare and babysitters and also strengthens family bonds.

I do, at times, regret I am not able to give charitable donations because I strongly believe that people need to look out for one another. I am doing just that, just keeping it close to home.

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Charitable Giving, Charities, Charity, Family

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author avatar Feisty
Retired nurse and social service worker who has found new avenues for expression of creativity and compassion. I'm an advocate of common sense, an open mind and lifelong learning.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th May 2014 (#)

well I am wary of those who ask for charity...whose?where does my money go? prefer to give it to homeless on the street as long as they dont have a BMW to drive home in..check them out!!!

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author avatar Feisty
18th May 2014 (#)

The considerations you've mentioned are issues that make a lot of us think twice before giving to organized charity.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th May 2014 (#)

I would love to have the money to be able to help many charities as there are quite a few I like or perhaps do my own thing.

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author avatar Feisty
18th May 2014 (#)

Even when you don't have money to donate, many charitable organizations can benefit from any time you can give as a volunteer. Most areas have a volunteer center that coordinates such needs with your available time and talents.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
18th May 2014 (#)

No problem with real charity.

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author avatar Feisty
18th May 2014 (#)

How do you define "real charity?"

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th May 2014 (#)

I believe in the dictum charity begins at home. I try to help those who are in need then and there. Also few others that I have been doing over the years. I have seen some hoarding wealth beyond their needs and making their own greedy too - siva

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author avatar Feisty
19th May 2014 (#)

There are many worthy and legitimate charities. My intent is not to disparage those organizations or charitable giving.

For myself, the few resources I have left over after meeting my financial responsibilities seem best used close to home.

Thank you for dropping by to read and comment.

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author avatar Robin Reichert
20th May 2014 (#)

I prefer to help out those in need IN PERSON & teach my kids the same. Whether it be helping out at a food bank, homeless shelter or soup kitchen, there's no greater satisfaction than seeing the positive impact you're having on their lives.

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author avatar WOGIAM
21st May 2014 (#)

I give to charity when I can though this is not as often as i want due to the economy where there is little or no extra for families.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd May 2014 (#)

Feisty, you make excellent points. Without condemning any charitable organization, you state the practicality of giving directly to people you know which will keep them off charity's dole. This is a worthy and noble thing. Thanks for touching in it in this article.

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