This article will tell you how, why and where to Donate.
And drive maximum impact in others lives, as well as your own.
More than 99% of my wealth will go to philanthropy during my lifetime or at death.
If you’re in the luckiest 1 percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.
I strongly believe that those of us, who are privileged to have wealth, should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged. I will continue to act on this belief.
I believe that those fortunate to achieve great wealth should put it to work for the good of humanity. The Giving Pledge reminds us all that our net worth is ultimately defined not by dollars but rather by how well we serve others. Ultimately, my greatest satisfaction comes from working to make our world a better place.
The value of a man resides in what he gives.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.
The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
Charity begins at home but should not end there.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
You donate a lot to religious places like Temple, Mosque, Church and or on religious events.
But, the truth is, God doesn’t need money, people like you and me need it. God only needs faith.
Willingness in your heart and good thoughts are more important than the size of donation you make.
There 767 million people living under the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 a day as of 2013, according to worldbank.org.
The number will be more considering that $1.90 is just too less to live.
These people are collective responsibility of Government, and cultured and educated people of Society.
Ways to Donate
- By donating your time.
- By donating your energy.
- By donating your money.
- By donating your old belongings.
Types of Donation
- Monetary Donation
- Non-Monetary Donation
Monetary Donation can be done by giving money to an accountable NGO.
Or you can also do it directly along with your family and friends.
Non-Monetary Donation means devoting time, and energy, to empower the needy.
Non-Monetary Donation also means distributing gifts, or donating your old belongings.
Instead of giving your old belongings to friends or relatives, give that to the needy people.
You can donate basic amenities like food, clothing, shelter, books, shoes, medicine, etc…
Just give them and tell them to start a barter system. They will exchange among themselves.
When to Donate
- Donate money whenever you feel you want to.
- Donate whenever you celebrate an event.
- Donate if you want something.
- Donate if you are stuck in a problem.
Best Time to Donate
There is no such thing like that. You can Donate anytime, any place in the world. You shall also not wait for the retirement. You could be in your earning years and still contribute to the welfare of the needy.
Celebrate and Donate
Donate whenever you celebrate an event in your family.
It can be a birthday, anniversary, job promotion, business growth, etc…
This way you do for yourself, your family, as well as for the needy. This is what I call Temple of Humanity.
It resides in your heart. Visit daily and perform prayers, without fail.
This way we can not only reduce poverty from India but also from across the world.
Your contribution ensures that nobody ever sleeps hungry.
How much to Donate
You could Donate any amount of money that you like.
Here’s an example that Super Investor Warren Buffett has set.
Warren Buffett donated most of his wealth to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006.
Moral of the Story
The one who gives is never poor. So make sure you give something to the needy.