I just returned home from the monthly board meeting of an organization that my wife and I adopted. We use to tithe to our church until we became uncomfortable with how the church was spending the funds. So we went in search of a community based, nonprofit organization where we could donate our time and money instead. Here are 5 reasons you too should consider adopting a 501C3 organization.
CONTRIBUTE TO A CAUSE
What do you feel passionate about that you'd be willing to help them with their cause. There are so many organizations that provide as service to others who would love to have your support through your time and/or money. If you don't have the extra money to give, what about your talents and skills that could help someone help others?
THERE IS POWER IN GRATITUDE
There are few human powers in the universe as powerful as gratitude. When I feel grateful for all that I have every day, it moves me to give in ways that I'm able. When I leave an event put on by my adopted organization, or write a check to them, I feel immense gratitude that I was able to give and it balances the gratitude I feel for all that I have.
BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS
I know that some of my customers may be influenced in giving me business or buying my products or services if they know that I give a percentage of that revenue to someone else. I also used this power of giving to influence my children to know that giving to others is paramount to effective living. Lecturing doesn't have near the power that setting an example for others does.
BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THEN YOU
I love being a part of the board of directors of the organization I adopted. I get to see how my influence effects the organizations beneficiaries and all that we're able to help it give to others. At the same time, my sphere of influence has increased with new people in my network who get to know me, as much as I get to know them. It gives me new experiences, new skills and greater perception of people and society.
AT THE VERY LEAST, IT'S A TAX DEDUCTION
All of the money and physical materials I donate to our adopted organization is tax deductible. It provides for a means of reducing the amount of tax I have to pay on the money I earned. Just be sure and keep accurate records of all that you donate.
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