The Giving Dilemma
Anita Sharpe on Life
Until recently, contributing to my friends' charities was easy and affordable since I only got several requests a month.
But suddenly this spring, things changed. I began getting, on average, about 5 requests a day for charity donations. And most were personal. Many people I know began walking or running for great causes. Others agreed to send out personal notes on behalf of various charities (yesterday, I received a hand-written note from a neighbor I not only have never met, I have never even seen.) All of the causes are worthy; virtually all of the requesters are friends, or at least nice people I would like to help.
But then I did the math. If I gave the minimum amount (about $25) to each cause, I would be shelling out roughly $2,500 a month or $30,000 a year. Unable to pick and choose among friends and causes, I began to toss each request into a basket in my kitchen until I came up with an answer.
Here's my solution: Instead of giving small amounts to my friends' various charities, I'm going to give a meaningful amount to a handful of causes that I care about personally.
If anyone has found a better way to handle this, I'd love to hear it.