Being Charitable and Philanthropy Is Not Limited to Giving Money

In bad financial times, many worthwhile philanthropic activities suffer because prospective donors possess far less flexible income. Nevertheless, there is a very effective and important way that businesses and individuals like Mark Arabo can help charities and philanthropies – volunteerism. Whether someone has suffered economically or not, most individuals are still capable of volunteerism. The Jewish faith uses two terms: (1) Tzedaka- meaning helping or charity, and; (2) Tikun Olam- meaning mending the world.

By volunteering, individuals can make a valuable and important contribution. In today’s economy, where governments are running huge deficits and many valuable projects are being suspended or eradicated completely, especially by state and local governments, charities need volunteers in addition to contributions to accomplish their significant missions. Philanthropic individuals like Mark Arabo volunteer their own personal labor and their times, to help philanthropies better survive by reducing their expenses. If a philanthropy (or charity) can save money on expenditures, it can often “extend” its funds further into significant programming.

Some kinds of volunteerism include: helping out with local population cleanups; working with others on neighboring gardens; supporting in the office, etc., at one’s house of reverence; transporting elderly, etc. to the pharmacy or supermarket; joining the Board of a neighboring philanthropy etc. All of these labors reduce local charities general expenses in times when government grants and other contributions may have been eliminated and/ or reduced.

In hard economic times, donors need to be careful in their donations. A donor should look at the philanthropy/charity’s monetary information, to inspect how much essentially goes to programming. The higher the proportion that goes to programming, the happier a prospective donor should and does feel. Some outstanding local charities still have high working costs as a percentage of revenues, and if one feels robustly about one of those organizations, the finest way to make others want to donate, is by aiding the organization lessen its overhead. That is another area where volunteerism is both worthwhile and necessary!

While financial conditions changed, and many schemists separated so many from their money, it is more significant than ever for individuals to be as munificent as they can afford, because charities require help even more in difficult times than good. In bad economic times, charities need to extend fewer dollars more because there are so many additional communities’ needs those governments has deserted.

A donor should make certain that any charity/philanthropy is dutifully discharging its duties, and striving to accomplish its mission, both inefficiently and effectively. Our politicians like to rhetorically maintain significant causes, but many of these mandates and causes become unfunded, and philanthropies and charities must make up the funding differential. There are many religions that advocate charity as a principle of its faith. If each and every individual would make a personal pledge to uphold a minimum percentage of donations, both in bad time or good, there would be less suffering and the world would be a better place.

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