Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Charitable Giving – Do You Factor This Into Your Budget?

January 18, 2009

Charitable giving ranked at #8 on MSN Money’s 9 Financial Resolutions For 2009.

“It’s easy to forget those less fortunate when you’re feeling less fortunate yourself. Don’t, says Bernhardt, of Bernhardt Wealth Management. Not only do charitable donations help you save on your taxes, but helping others can have a positive impact on your psyche and, if enough people donate to domestic causes, the economy.

‘It is important in times like this to have a grateful heart and a thankful heart for what we have because there are a lot more people worse off than we are,’ Bernhardt says. ‘These charities all need volunteers, so it doesn’t have to be money. But if we can make that financial contribution, ultimately, we should.'”

– MSN Money

As I’ve mentioned before, I do make charitable contributions throughout the year, but I don’t worry about deducting them from my taxes.  At the moment, I have $20/month contributions going to both V-Day and Greenpeace, with plans to add a steady, monthly contribution to Planned Parenthood in 2009.

How about you?  Do you donate to any charities with time and/or money?  Is this something you factor into your budget or do you simply contribute lump sums when you have some extra cash?

Empowering Women In Your Community

December 23, 2008

On my drive into the office this morning, I heard a great interview on my local NPR station, Capitol Public Radio.  Lisa Culp, the Executive Director for an organization called Women’s Empowerment, spoke about how hard it’s been to turn women away from the program this year.

“Housing foreclosures not only affect people who own the homes but people who rent those homes. People are being laid off from work. They don’t have the buffer that you and I might have of family or friends that they can stay with. And now they’re on the streets.”

Women’s Empowerment offers a variety of services for women and children, including daycare, job training and, of course, empowering women to make positive changes in their lives.  This year saw the largest group of formerly homeless women graduating from the program, 27 in total.

“There are even more people who are motivated to change their life and to get off the streets than you have space for or resources to attend to. So turning away people was one of the hardest things we’ve done in the seven years we’ve been here.”

I’ve been looking for a local organization whose focus is not only women, but providing concrete skills and instilling confidence so these women can reenter the workforce and provide for their children.

I plan on contacting the organization about anything I can do to help out, be it monetary donations or my time.  I encourage you to reach out to a charitable organization in your community.  You can start your search at Volunteer Match.