Living and Giving

Why Proximity Changes the World Of Giving

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People give and they should be recognized.  You can give a lot of money that does so much good!   And, you can give a little money, that means a lot. It means a lot because it is more of your income, and perhaps harder for you to do. Both need to be appreciated.

In a recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

  • People who can least afford to give are the ones who donate the greatest percentage of their income.
  • Those with earnings in the top 20 percent – gave on average 1.3 percent of their income to charity in 2011.
  • Americans with incomes in the bottom 20 percent donated 3.2 percent of their income.
  • Those who live in more socioeconomically diverse surroundings and see people in need on a daily basis give more than those whose neighbors earn $200,000 a year or more.
What I learn here is that we need to be present. In some way, try to sincerely and closely appreciate the need.
You might live near needy areas or walk on your way to work by a part of town that needs help. Perhaps you experience how much one needs to get by, or to pay for your home and children\’s education.  You study a far away country and become more sensitive to the conflict there.  Or perhaps you will volunteer.
All of these observations, or proximity to an issue, helps us be more generous.  We hope today you will consider how you can make a difference in someone\’s life, right now.   Here are some positive ways to give of your money and time:
Save lives and prevent malaria by giving a mosquito net :
Help restore and preserve essential ecosystems in Central America and Mexico:
Volunteer at an orphange in Vietnam :