Just as it's important to diversify our investments, so too should we diversify our giving.
A member stopped by my house last week and asked if I'd be willing to chip in some change. Told him I'd think on it a few days, then let him know.
Here's what I said when we later talked on the phone:
I think it's important to diversify both our investments and our giving. I already fork over a fair pile to the church each year. If I increase the contribution, I won't have anything left to help out with other charities. So I'm unable to contribute anything to the capital drive.
95% of the other families in the church said yes when asked to give. I was the odd man out.
I like to hug the curve of that inner ring of influence, but also am careful not to toss all the almsgiving eggs into one basket. These three are important to me, I try to not short any of them:
- Spiritual - church and daughter's school (they are the same, her school is at church)
- Those in need - spend time with Quincy and help him replace obsolete cochlear implants
- Fitness - marathon pacer volunteer, school track team stuff
Quincy would still have fuzzy hearing if people didn't diversify their giving and toss gold tokens to help. Readers have never met him, likely never will, yet they cared enough to contribute.
There is plenty of need to spread around. Money talks, but it doesn't necessarily cost anything to leave an impact. Everybody can chip in a couple hours to make life better for another.
Lonely seniors stuck in a retirement home with no one to talk to.
The sick and poor.
The animal rescue league.
Your kid's school.
Start with one, but don't stop there. Open up a can of alms and scatter that puppy across a wide path.
Tell me in the comments what charity matters to you. You might bring attention to a gap and inspire others to help fill it.