Why is donating important? Here are the reasons:

#1 There are mental health benefits

Research shows that giving has a positive impact on a person’s mental health. Giving of any kind – including volunteering your time or offering a monetary donation – activates the production of “feel-good” brain chemicals. These include serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. While These chemicals play a role in good mental health.

 

#2 There are physical health benefits

Donating doesn’t only boost your mental ity to physical health benefits like lhealth. Studies link generosower blood pressure. Even when accounting for factors like age, general health, and exercise, one study found that people 55+ who volunteered were 44% less likely to die over 5 years than people who didn’t volunteer. The fact that generosity can lower stress is both a mental and physical benefit since stress is associated with many health problems.

 

#3 There are financial benefits

Giving comes with many intangible benefits, but there are some financial ones depending on where you’re from and what organizations you donate to. Most countries provide individuals with a tax write-off for donations. That process varies depending on where you’re from. As an example, in Kenya, the tax code states that Kenya taxpayers can’t take charitable deductions for donations given to foreign charities. They can receive deductions for Kenyan charities that conduct work in foreign countries, however. Consult your area’s tax rules for more information.

 

#4 Donations raise awareness

Organizations use donations for a variety of reasons, including expanding their reach. They can pay for things like social media campaigns and fundraising events, which lets them draw attention to the issues they’re focused on. Hitting large donation benchmarks can also attract the media’s attention and give the organization a bigger platform. By donating, a person plays a role in sharing valuable information.

#5 Donations meet urgent needs

There are many situations where people need help quickly. That includes disasters like hurricanes and wildfires. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many areas needed urgent help in the form of PPE and oxygen, while food banks ran out of products at a much faster speed than usual. Donations help pay for emergency relief and see people through crises.

 

#6 Donations also help build long-term solutions

While many people donate in times of urgency, donations during the rest of the year are important, too. That’s because many organizations focus on long-term solutions that address the root of issues like poverty. Experts say that healthcare and education programs are essential. Giving to organizations committed to sustainable and effective actions help communities become self-sufficient.

 

#7 Even small donations make an impact

We often hear about celebrities giving large donations to organizations, but it’s the small ones that add up. According to a 2015 Giving Kenyan report, the average household donated just over $2,000 throughout the year. That may still sound like a lot, but it is the average amount, which means many households donated less. Smaller donations are often recurring amounts given each month. This consistency is important to organizations. It’s also important to remember that with exchange rates, money can go much further in certain areas.

 

#8 Donating is contagious

Research shows that generosity has a compounding effect. In one 2010 study, people gifted money were three times more likely to offer money to others later down the road. Humans are social creatures, so donating can become a social norm. When you donate to an organization, tell your friends and family why. They might feel encouraged to donate, too.

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