Hey millenials, do you donate to charity?

Hey millenials, do you donate to charity?

Not long ago, I read this interesting Billfold article that touches on something I feel very strongly about. The piece is all about how/if millenials donate to charity and their desire to be philanthropic and donating to causes they care about. It’s an interesting question to put to a generation that is struggling to pay off their student loans, gain careers and find financial stability, while also trying to do something good in the world at the same time.

While I haven’t written it publicly, in 2015 I made a promise to myself to donate to charity on a more regular basis, and to find one or two agencies I believe in.

But have I actually done so?

Unsurprisingly (or surprisingly, considering how much I love achieving financial goals), no. I still feel that my donations are more of the prompted kind, whether it’s from receiving an email from an organization with a soft push for funds, or a request from a friend doing a fundraiser, or a GoFundMe. It’s almost halfway through the year and I haven’t yet committed to donating in regular monthly or quarterly installments to a charity that I personally want to support for a long period of time.

And why is that?

I think that I, and many others, suffer from the crippling effect of choice.

How do I CHOOSE the right charity to donate to? I can run them through Charity Intelligence Canada or base them on MoneySense’s 2015 Charity 100 list, but that doesn’t solve my dilemma about which charity, of this list of amazing organizations doing amazing things, my money should go to.

I’m a firm believer that you should donate in something you believe in or something that inspires you. Something tied to your core as a person because it will help anchor you to the cause for years to come. It can be as little as $10, 25, or 50 a month but the longer you do so, the more likely you are to see the change that money can bring. That small amount can spark a connection between you and your cause. But that STILL doesn’t hone it down for me!

I volunteer my time for causes I believe in, I donate my BLOOD to help others in need, so why am I having such a hard time figuring out who to give my money to?

Do I give to…

Animal Welfare/Environmental Causes?

Educational/Social Causes?

Arts Organizations?

Or… who?

What are your thoughts? Are you a regular donor to charity? Who gets your hard earned money?

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