Challenge The Reasons You Give

Change Charity, One Donation at a Time

Batya
Batya
Nov 11, 2019 · 4 min read
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Mindful Giving

Mindful Giving is the practice of examining all the reasons you give to charities, including the less benevolent reasons. It is challenging. Some would say it’s a radical act.

Giving is not a pure, selfless act.

It taps into a great deal of our self-image, our values, our ego and our shadow side. It’s not polite to bring this up. Giving always has an ulterior or perhaps additional motives. Not me, you maybe thinking? Please, read on.

Here are four reasons our giving is more complex:

  1. We decide the amount we donate based on how much we have or how much we feel like giving
  2. We decide when to contribute (and when not to)

Mindful Giving is challenging the reasons we donate.

It is taking the personal reward out of the equation as much as possible and shifting our relationship to resources.

Heed The Rule of 3

My suggestion to anyone who wants to take the challenge of Mindful Giving is to begin by dividing your donations into three categories. Think of them as the past present and future.

One More Mindful Giving Practice

Recognize and admit how you benefit from giving. Write it down. Examples are tax advantages, your self-image, how others perceive you (including the organizations you support), the favors, perks and acknowledgements, your religious or spiritual identity.

The Give & Take

Honest talk about philanthropy, giving, charity

Batya

Written by

Batya

Best-selling author’s pen name. Conversation starters about writing, Jewish identity, women, life & death.

The Give & Take

Honest talk about philanthropy, giving, charity

Batya

Written by

Batya

Best-selling author’s pen name. Conversation starters about writing, Jewish identity, women, life & death.

The Give & Take

Honest talk about philanthropy, giving, charity

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