Five Reasons to Give to Charity

Five Reasons to Give to Charity

Reasons to give to charity

At Social Aid for Common Humanitarian (SACH) we know that donating to causes you care about is more than just the charity and the benefits they support – it can be hugely rewarding for you too Is. SACH’s World Giving Index 2022 found that a record number of people globally chose to give to charity in 2021, and more than 3 billion people reported helping a stranger. Millions of people support those causes on a regular basis.

Donate to a cause they believe in, as well as the positive impact it’s making on their lives.

So why is giving to charity so gratifying and life-changing for all involved?

Here are five good reasons you might not have thought about for donating to your charities of choice.


1. Giving to charity makes you feel good

Giving to charity is a major mood-booster. The knowledge that you are helping others is extremely empowering and can, in turn, make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Research has identified a link between donating to charity and increased activity in the area of ​​the brain that registers happiness – proving that as the old saying goes, it really is better to give than to take. Is.

SACH’s latest PK Giving Report found that 20% of those surveyed said they gave to charity because doing so made them feel good. In our research, ‘Why we give’, published in 2015, we asked 700 of our most generous donors to tell us what motivates them to give regularly; 42% cited the joy derived from giving as a major influence.

2. Giving to charity strengthens personal values

A sense of social conscience was the most widely cited reason for giving to charity in our research report, Why We Give. Regardless of the type of charity they support, 96% said they feel they have a moral duty to use what they have to help others – a sentiment that is reflected in their personal values ​​and principles. Too much is contained.

Having the power to improve the lives of others is, for many, a privilege, and it comes with a sense of responsibility. Acting on these powerful feelings of responsibility is a great way to reinforce our own personal values ​​and feel that we are living in a way that is true to our own beliefs.

3. Giving is more impactful than ever

Many people are concerned that their donations to charity may be covered by tax or administrative costs, thereby preventing the full amount from reaching the people or causes they really want to help. Thankfully there are ways to make the most of each donation to charity.

If you’re a PK taxpayer, you can multiply the amount of each donation you make through Gift Aid, an income tax relief program designed to help charities get the most out of the money they receive. Designed for. Because Gift Aid enables charities to charge the basic rate of tax on your donations, the scheme effectively adds 25p to every £1 you give at no extra cost.

There are also many other tax-efficient ways to give to charity, such as donating directly from your salary (before tax deductions) through a payroll giving plan; donating shares to charity; or leaving a charitable legacy in your will. These ways of giving ensure that your chosen charity benefits as much as possible from your support, and can result in a lifetime of connections between you and the causes you care about.

4. Giving can reintroduce friends and family to the importance of generosity

Knowing someone who donates can be a catalyst for donating yourself. By donating, you can help remind friends and family of causes they themselves are passionate about and would like to support. Your charitable giving can also be a family-wide effort to support a charity or charities that have special significance to you as a group.

Family charity builds a bond, helps strengthen relationships through a shared goal and often raises more money than is possible through individual donations. Chances are, several members of your family are already giving to charity, so working together can help you make an even greater positive impact. We can help your family set up a Family SACH Charitable Trust to make the coordination of your donation simple and sustainable.

Sharing the experience of giving with your children is a powerful way to show them from a young age that they can make a positive difference in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so nurturing their innate generosity can mean they grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have, and support of charity and good causes for years to come. Will continue to do

If you have kids, it’s easy to start a tradition of donating to charity with them – try creating a family donation box that everyone can add to and nominating a family charity each year, involving the kids in choosing it. be done as to what cause should be supported.

5. Giving to charity builds and strengthens community

The COVID 19 pandemic has encouraged many of us to take a closer look at our local communities and consider how we can make a difference. Giving to charity, and especially on a local level, can be a powerful way to invest in the people and places that make up our everyday lives.

As a member of various communities, you will be able to identify causes in your community that could benefit from charitable donations and support. You may also have ideas for how to donate your money or time to increase your positive impact and strengthen your community.

If these good causes – just a handful – have inspired you to give to charity, we can help. We make it easy to find a charity that is working for causes that matter to you and can help, whether you want to make a one-time donation, set up a donation plan, or find out how to donate your time.

With SACH, it’s safe and efficient to give to the causes you care about. Whether you are looking to make a one-time donation or need assistance with your long-term donations and philanthropy, we are here to help you maximize your donation and make the impact you want to create.

that could benefit from charitable donations and support. You may also have ideas for how to donate your money or time to increase your positive impact and strengthen your community.