I have been balancing my checkbook (long overdue) and making some donations (some, even longer overdue) to a few organizations. Yes, I give some of my money away. Not a lot, because I certainly can’t afford to give a lot, but I’m a very strong believer that every little bit adds up. It’s the very principle on which my work is founded. I give to my alma mater, I give to my current employer, and I give to a few other nonprofit organizations that mean something to me. I wish everyone would.
If you went to college, and you’re not giving money to your college, you probably ought to be ashamed of yourself. If you say that your college degree has done nothing for you, I challenge you to compare your salary to the salary of a full-time employee your age with only a high school education. 90% of the time, you’re making more. And that’s just salary.
If you received even a tiny bit of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships, you’ve benefited quite directly from the generosity of the alumni who came before you. If you were lucky enough not to need financial aid, believe it or not, you still benefited.
If you don’t want to give to your college, fine. Give to something else – anything that you care about. Give to an organization that does work you believe in. Give to an organization whose work saved the life of someone you love. Give to an organization whose work might someday save your life.
Find a website for one of these places and fork over just a little – ten dollars, if you want. You’ll spend more than that on your next night out anyway.
Do it because it feels good. Do it because I said so. Give something to somebody and come back and tell me about it, and then we’ll all feel good. Or, if you prefer, tell me who you already support.
I’ll get off the soap box now.