Charity is not just simply an act of giving; it is much more than that. A simple gesture of giving someone a lending hand with an altruistic motive is the definition of charity. The ultimate motivator behind giving is helping someone and bringing them peace or happiness in a time of their sufferings.
Buddha, who was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher and religious leader who lived in ancient India, revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism has truly remarked that “Life is full of sufferings.” This act of kindness i.e charitable giving relieves sufferings if not only the one at the receiving end but the one at giving end too.
Why do we need it?
We as a race have come very far and have achieved incredible and impossible feats. As a civilization we are often forced to ask why there’s so much of deprivation and suffering. Where one person is shunning from having food in the name of diet, the other one is struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.
Here we have some of the reasons why you should donate to nonprofit organizations and charities.
To improve the quality of life:
We all are concerned about growing poverty levels, but we all have a single excuse that it’s so deeply rooted in our society that it cannot be helped. But even a single penny can create an enormous impact if donated thoughtfully.
- With $3 a poor person can buy the bed net that will protect him or his children from mosquito-borne diseases which can be proved to be l
- Cataract surgery requires only $35. It can help a person restore his vision
We must not stop giving under this pretext that it cannot be helped and we cannot make a difference. Even such small donations can go a long way in ensuring the quality of life is improved or moreover not degraded.
Helping the planet:
While doing any number of charity, the idea resonates in our mind that by doing so we are trying to make the world a better place. The same money we are sparring will be used by NGOs and alike organizations for the betterment of our planet to promote sustainable growth and eco-friendly means of supporting our environment.
We can for instance look at Nat Simons, investment manager and philanthropist. Nathaniel Simons (born 1966) is an American businessman and philanthropist Simons is the co-founder and a director of the Sea Change Foundation, a foundation focused on climate change and clean energy policy. Through the same, we can support the needy as well as protect our environment.
If we are fortunate enough to be born in developed countries, we get better and easy access to quality education, better standard of living, and excellent job opportunities. On the other hand, if we are born in underdeveloped or third world countries, quality education is a privilege and not everyone gets access to it. Social sustainability can be quite helpful in building a nation.
Tommy Kane, a Chicago based executive, supports causes that help provide those in need with educational opportunities. Tom Kane, Merrill Lynch wealth manager, is focused on education in his philanthropic activities because today’s students are the future innovators and leaders. We have an obligation to improve access to high-quality education programs for students. Ensures such deserving individuals get the opportunity to show their talent.