At about this time of year, some people get in the mood to share the gift of giving.
Its also hard to make decisions to give/donate that aren’t steeped in guilt. For some me there can vicious circle, namely: -> Identify need in someone (from reading the news, maybe) -> realize how much I have (even if just compared to those worse off) -> feel guilty -> get a little extensional and resentful at myself, the world and others for creating this world -> sulk -> donate/be crippled by a feeling of malaise and impotence.
Step 2, the ‘realizing how much I have’ is a jerk move ’cause it leads to ‘…have to be guilty about.’ Its a downward spiral focussing on the bad things. Who can live in that world? We are much better than that. Step 2 is now -> realize how much I can do! Change. Boom.
Here is an American site that rates charities in their efficiency and transparency. Its easier than reading the financial reports of a bunch of charities. Oxfam has been rated consistently highly. Or there is the NZ Kidscan.
If you give yourself a high-five for every cent you donate, the endorphins will keep you happy even if the moral boost doesn’t. Pro tip!
How do you make the world better? Because you do.