With open hearts and open hands, we gave what we could, and a little became a lot”, said Wendy Smith in her book Give a little: How your small donations can transform our world.
People donate money to different causes for a variety of reasons. These include personal satisfaction, tax deductions and for social reasons that can bring change in our society for the better.
Although Howard Fensterman donates to a variety of causes, he has chosen two major organizations to which he mainly focuses on. One is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. A non-profit organization devoted to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Expanding on helping others, this website is devoted to bringing awareness to many of additional organizations that can use the public’s help in finding the cures for such serious illnesses as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and considering the domestic lone wolf attacks, more research on mental disorders is needed.
In addition, advancing the quality of life of all communities is of primary importance to Howard and as such, he is a contributor to his local Chabad, which is an organization that assists folks by uplifting their social environments in locations all over the world.
Depending on the reason for donating the charity, people may choose different kinds of organizations. In addition, people make choices for donations by keeping in mind how their money will be utilized and the impact it will cause in the area they are concerned about.
Many individuals do feel compelled to donate to charitable organizations for a cause that is likely to bring social change,* but they end up giving money to the establishment, like hospitals and universities, whenever they make big donations. According to research, only 20% of big donors follow their desire to donate to organizations that are working for bringing social change.
This may be because of two major reasons, as identified by the same research.
- People do not know about such organizations and second, they do not find it rewarding to donate to small organizations.
- There could be a lack of trust. Established and the traditional recipients of donations enjoy a certain level of people’s’ trust because of a history of using donations for the intended purposes. Also, making big donations to established organizations and big names is a way to earn respect and admiration in the society.
But, there are people, especially philanthropists, who do not follow the traditional route. In order to satisfy their strong desires to help to bring in social change, they make non-traditional choices and look for organizations that are working on innovative projects for changing the society’s practices, norms or for addressing real problems of a society.
Some philanthropists believe that organizations that may be small but are at the forefront of social change are the most worthy recipients of our donations. When you see the impact your money is bringing in the society, it gives you the satisfaction that you have played your part in making this world a better place.
*Social change in this article refers to anything that benefits society, including medical advances as well as social ones.