We’re like a lot of people in that we do a good deal of our charitable giving towards the end of the year.
We donate to our church weekly, but we build up a ‘Giving’ fund throughout the year. I think the timing came about mostly because I’ve always tended to do my giving toward the end of the year.
My wife and I discussed it and we’re going to proceed as follows:
- Colleges – Each of us will donate a little bit to the respective colleges which we attained our undergraduate degree. I’ve donated every year since I graduated in 1996, but this will be her first donation since she graduated in 2005.
- Food bank – There’s a local food bank we like to give to
- Local museum – There is a museum in our community that we’ve used a lot, mostly for wedding and family pictures. The funding has been cut more and more as the economic impact has been felt. Since we have gotten so much from this museum over the year, we feel it’s right to donate a few dollars back.
In addtion, we donate household goods regularly (a couple of times per year) to the Salvation Army store, which re-sells them at the local thrift store and distributes the proceeds accordingly. I have some clothes and books in the trunk of my car that need to be dropped off.
We might have a few dollars left over, and there are of course many worthy causes in which to donate. What we donate isn’t much, but I hope it still makes an impact in lives out there somewhere.
When do you do your donations? How do you go about deciding who gets your charitable donation dollars?