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Giving Tuesday Tips to Make Your Charitable Donation a Win-Win-Win (for the people served, the organization servicing, and for you the donor, too.
Today is Giving Tuesday. My Instagram feed is surfeited with weepy celebrities, crying on cue for their passion project. It’s effective for fundraising. Many have surpassed their GoFundMe projects 10 times over. But is it the most beneficial use of your hard-earned dollars? Some projects have very high overhead, with too small of a percentage of the donations flowing through to the people they serve (many have admin fees of 90% or more!). Others have a superstar celebrity, but sketchy business practices. CharityWatch even has a list of F-rated Veteran’s Charities. So, the first challenge is to make sure your 501c3 is really using your contribution for good purposes.
However, there are a few other considerations that will make your charitable donation a triple win, for the people served, the organization servicing, and for you, the donor, too. While true giving is done without any expectation of anything in return, that kind of selfless gesture almost always has a halo effect.
Tips for Your Charitable Giving
1. Time and Talent are Valuable, Too. If you can’t give money (or even if you can) consider donating at least an hour of your time this week. Doing this will also give you firsthand knowledge of how much impact the organization you are donating to really has.
2. Charity is the Best Networking. A lot of people are tempted to hand out a small amount of dough to a lot of different charities. However, your donation will have more impact if you concentrate your giving into something that really resonates with your heart, commit for a few years, and donate your time and talent too. The people you rub elbows with at the charity events will be “your people,” expanding your personal brain trust. You might even sit on a board or join a working committee, which can offer you career advancement skills that might help you get a raise and a promotion.
All of my personal career leaps were as a direct result of the support I received for my charitable giving. While raising funds for my son’s local public school, some of the moms helped me to launch the Women’s Investment Network, LLC. After devoting 20 years of self-funded boots on the ground research into sustainability, our EarthGratitude.org project attracted A-list contributors, including H,M. King Charles III (when he was The Prince of Wales), H.H. The Dalai Lama, Sia, Ed Begley Jr., Queen Diambi, Deepak Chopra, EARTHDAY.ORG, and many other visionaries and organizations that are helping to heal our planet.
3. Business Giving. Are you donating through your business? We offer need-based scholarships to our financial freedom retreats. We also allow others to donate to help people attend. While over-giving might bankrupt your enterprise, you might find that donating 10% of the profits (or in-kind products/services) can be very effective marketing.
4. Charitable Giving Gives Back in ways that are priceless. Sometimes it’s just a memory – something wasn’t tax deductible, but paid a high dividend in your personal consciousness and karma. Other times, as was the case with Women’s Investment Network, LLC and EarthGratitude.org, it can directly lead to an opportunity that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.
We recently received this note from one of our scholarship recipients. “You have helped a total stranger for FREE. You have allowed me to participate in your membership for no additional cost. And I don't want to fail myself and you...” CT.
5. Buried Alive in Bills With No Room for Charity? It’s easy to feel that you are the one in need of charity! Today’s world of inflation means that a lot of us are struggling to survive and running out of money before the end of the month. Housing is unaffordable, and so are transportation, food, insurance, utilities and other basic needs.
On the one hand, you can’t give what you don’t have. On the other hand, if you never give, you never experience abundance, or tap into the magical flow of prosperity that giving and receiving have to offer. The first step is to adopt a Thrive Budget (learn more in The ABCs of Money 5th edition. The 2nd step is to play The Gratitude Game, one chapter each day, to step out of making everyone else rich at your own expense and of living hand-to-mouth, and step into living a richer life and earning money while you sleep.
You can be very frugal and still be in trouble in a world where basic needs are breaking the budget. Wisdom and right action are the cures.
Charities to Consider
Again, please donate to the organization that best addresses a need that resonates with your own heart. I am focusing my time, talent and money on healing our planet. If that resonates with you, below are just a few charitable orgs that have important projects to consider supporting. The blue-highlighted links below lead over to the org's website.
Our 2022 Online Global Earth Gratitude celebration reached almost 10 million people, offering videos and celebration from some of the contributors already listed above. Help us reach even more in 2023! Email info@NataliePace.com with Earth Gratitude in the subject line to learn more. There are also marketing and title sponsor opportunities, which could benefit you or your business.
EARTHDAY.ORG (particularly their Canopy Project)
The world's largest environmental organization.
Science-based solutions for healthy oceans.
Green our Planet (student gardens)
Compton Community Garden (community garden in a food desert)
The Ron Finley Project is teaching communities how to transform food deserts into food sanctuaries,
Kiss the Ground (regenerative agriculture)
Working with indigenous communities to protect rainforests.
Our Holiday Gifts to You
This year, our team is offering free Natalie Pace ebooks as our annual holiday gift to you. The free downloads will be available Dec. 1-5, 2022 only. Mark your calendar. The ebook links are directly below. Feel free to present these stocking stuffers to your friends and family as well. (Just forward this blog, and they will have access to the links.)
The Power of 8 Billion: It's Up to Us.
The ABCs of Money. 5th edition.
The ABCs of Money for College.
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is. 2nd edition.
The Boss of Time (children's book, to be illustrated by your child)
New Year, New You Financial Freedom Retreat
If you're interested in learning 21st Century time-proven investing strategies for building and protecting your wealth, and managing challenging economic times (from a No. 1 stock picker,) join us for our Jan. 20-22, 2023 Financial Freedom Retreat. Email info@NataliePace.com to learn more and to register. Click on the banner ad below to discover the 18+ strategies you'll learn and master, to get pricing information and to read testimonials Get the best price when you register with family and friends. Register now to access your free 4-part Protect Your Wealth Now webinar that will get you started immediately.
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Natalie Wynne Pace is an Advocate for Sustainability, Financial Literacy & Women's Empowerment. Natalie is the bestselling author of The Power of 8 Billion: It's Up to Us and is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude Project. She has been ranked as a No. 1 stock picker, above over 835 A-list pundits, by an independent tracking agency (TipsTraders). Her book The ABCs of Money remained at or near the #1 Investing Basics e-book on Amazon for over 3 years (in its vertical), with over 120,000 downloads and a mean 5-star ranking. The 5th edition of The ABCs of Money was released on September 17, 2021.
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