Recall the last time you were very broke. Very broke you were that chances of survival were second to none. You waited prayed and waited for help but was not forthcoming. Now there is this person who pulled out of the blues and not only offered to support you for the next meal, but for a whole week’s meal. How did you feel? Do you know that there is someone somewhere who needs your help? Imagine that you have no roof over your head. It is a horror watching or even imagining the night fall. Sleeping on the pavements with cold tearing on your bare skin is not the best experience. The experience is worse if you sleep on an empty stomach. You sleep hoping against hope that the next day will be different.
After your hard work, it is a good thing to give yourself a treat. Buy that fancy car you have always dreamed of. Buying expensive jewels and enjoying an exotic vacation can be a good experience. How about you sacrifice a fraction of your spending to support the course of the less fortunate? You may lack something to give but you can sacrifice your afternoon and visit the homeless. Donating to charity benefits not only benefits the receiver, but is good for you as an individual and your business. If we are in a business class, we would talk about a win-win strategy. Giving to charity is often associated with a warm glow. But numerous studies have shown that the benefits of giving far extends beyond the warm glow. It brings about physical, psychological spiritual and mental health benefits.
Donating to charity has spiritual benefits. Some believe that, when you give, it will be returned to you three fold, seven fold and even ten fold. The same measure you give to others, will be given to you pressed down, shaken and running over. The experience always bears the witness. Selfless giving is the core of many spiritual and religious belief systems. When you give, you experience a sense of inner peace and contentment. Do you enjoy having stuff or the good feeling that comes along with it. Many people are of the later. Donating to charity is one way of feeling good about the stuff you own.
Before donating their skills, time and money, many people often research on the issues connected to the charitable organization. They may become aware of the social problems that they were ignorant of. This knowledge is priceless as it may help you increase the knowledge of those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and informed point of view. When you donate your time to charity, it helps increase your social connections. Many people got their lifelong friends and even their souls mate by participating is charitable activities.
Donating to charity is good for the business as well. Companies that donate to charity are given a heavy media coverage. This is so because the charity organizations depend on the media to spread the word about their activities. The company’s philanthropy never goes unnoticed. This is a good way to reap good public relations and benefits that come with it. Good public relations will leave your business better placed above your competitors and this translates to increased profits.
Participating in charitable organizations is a good way to boost the morale of the employees, improve team work and employee engagement. Participation of an organization in charity brings all employees from different departments and different rank together. This cultivates a sense of belonging and pride to the organization. Employees are pleased about the culture of the company and this may help boost their morale.