Thursday, December 3, 2015

Donating to every cause is impractical

People were in urgent need for help, some NGO's decided to help and they needed your help! Money, clothes, books, food....whatever you could give. It was urgent! People were suffering and you had a big heart.

No sooner that the donation drive was over, another request for donations came up. And then another one. Phew! Exhausting, isn't it?

What should one do when confronted with multiple genuine charity requests and are posed with these questions?


NEED TO ALWAYS HAVE A BIG HEART ?
It’s not practical to donate to every cause.  Requests will keep coming. Choose which ones you are comfortable donating to and try to be consistent to those.


YOU EARN SO MUCH AND DONATE SO LESS ?
Nonsense. Don’t let anyone guilt-trip you. Let donations be a genuine wish to help. Identify the need and donate what you are comfortable with donating.


IS MY SMALL DONATION USEFUL ?
That’s why we donate together. Rs.10 donated by 1 lakh people is not small.


IS IT HELPING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT WAY ?
Very important. It’s better to see the bigger picture and create sustainability rather than keep donating, but there are always situations where immediate aid is more urgent. Select reliable people and NGO’s.


Donations to a cause are decided from the heart. A genuine feeling of caring and wanting to help. Let donations be about that feeling, and not about how much is donated or who donated or how many people donated how often or a competition of who donated the most.

It’s about sustaining a culture where we know that we are there for each other.


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