1. Even tiny contributions make a difference
Many people are saddened by poverty in developing countries, but they conclude that there is nothing we can do about it. IMANA believes that poverty is widespread, yet we are unable to address it. It’s normal to be depressed, but the statistics tell a different tale. While terrible and widespread poverty exists, it is easy to overlook how many people live in the developed world, and how powerful our small change can be when pooled together Donate.
The magnitude of your gift strongly correlates with the number of individuals you can benefit from when contributing to a good cause. However, you don’t have to be a multimillionaire to participate.
2. Giving helps the world’s most needy individuals
There are hundreds of non-profit organisations to support, and choosing which one to support might be difficult. However, you are not required to conduct all of your own research. The suggested charities on the Life You Can Save list (below) work in a number of critical cause areas and are based on thorough study and analysis by groups like IMANA.
3. Poverty is a problem that can be overcome
Effective initiatives can help the world’s poorest people break the cycle of poverty. It is possible to keep children healthy and in school by preventing and combating illnesses. When parents have access to quality healthcare, they may continue to support their family even if they are caring for sick children or are incapacitated due to a debilitating illness. Aid gives persons living in extreme poverty the resources they need to improve their living conditions.
Poverty is a problem with proven remedies, and charitable giving is critical in the fight against extreme poverty.
4. We have the financial means to help people out of poverty
When we look at data concerning the number of people living in severe poverty, the magnitude of the problem may be overwhelming. The facts of assistance and relief distribution, on the other hand, paint a quite different picture.
Focusing just on the United States, it would only take $3 per American citizen to raise a billion dollars in help.
How much money would we need every year to fulfil the world’s poorest people’s most basic health and nutritional needs?
The industrialised world has more than enough money to cover the most basic requirements of the world’s poorest people several times over.
Giving can be done without draining resources from developed-world educational or healthcare initiatives, and without having a large influence on potential contributors’ quality of life.
5. It makes us happy to donate
Spending money on oneself does not considerably boost our sense of happiness or wellness, according to research. According to one study, donating to others is closely linked to feelings of happiness. “Happier individuals donate more, and giving makes people happier,” the Harvard researchers write, “suggesting that happiness and giving may function in a positive feedback loop.”
Other research has found that when individuals see money going to charity, even if it isn’t their own, they feel good. People, on the other hand, get the most satisfaction from giving directly to the charity.
6. Giving helps us to become closer to the world we wish to live in
We make up around 10% of the world’s population, with 700 million people living on less than $2 per day. Even while we’d all want to believe that our sense of well-being, political freedom, and personal achievements are the product of our own efforts, we all know that none of these things are possible without some basic material requirements: food, clean water, housing, and political stability.
Do you want to live in a society where a newborn infant has a 10% chance of being one of the 700 million people who live on less than $2 a day and lack access to some of these basic necessities? Inequality causes violent crime; they are not just linked, but also have a definite causal relationship that has been discovered repeatedly over the world and within nations with varying levels of equality. Giving allows us to contribute to a better world for all of us—one that is safer, healthier, more stable, and happier.
7. Charity can save the world
Many individuals believe that development aid is ineffective since extreme poverty still prevails. Effective assistance operations have been shown to lower death rates and suffering in underdeveloped nations on several occasions.
Independent assessments are becoming more common among non-government organisations as a means of boosting accountability and fine-tuning their operations. Organisations like IMANA cares exist to protect children’s health and provide for their fundamental needs.
8. Giving is a matter of fairness
While most of us work hard, we are aware that there are other circumstances that aid in the realisation of our efforts, and these external influences are mostly dependent on where we reside. Being born in a wealthy country considerably boosts our chances of having access to strong infrastructure, healthcare, education, and steady employment.
People born in impoverished countries have a far lower likelihood of seeing their hard work pay off. They may be unable to work because of a sickness for which they cannot afford treatment, because there is no employment available, or because they lack the knowledge necessary for a job that provides a living wage.
As a result, individuals in developing nations are frequently at a disadvantage when compared to those in other parts of the world. Children have no say in where they reside or whether or not they are educated. Families in financial need may opt to withdraw their children from school so that they can contribute more quickly to the family’s income. This adds to a poverty cycle that traps people who are incredibly intelligent and hardworking, but who are helpless in the face of circumstances over which they have no control.
9. It is in our instinct to charity
Have you ever felt compelled to assist someone – a visceral reaction after witnessing a struggle and realising you might help? Our initial instinct is to aid someone who is stumbling down the street or has fallen on hard times due to sickness, whether it is someone close to us or a total stranger.
Most of us are also familiar with the feeling of fighting our natural desire to assist. We could be hesitant to give money to a beggar because we don’t want to aggravate the issue if the person spends it on drugs or booze. We’ve all experienced the shame of deciding not to assist someone who is plainly in need.
10. Donations are tax-deductible
You may be eligible for a tax benefit if you donate to a qualified non-profit organisation (the status of an organisation may vary from country to country, with some Donate organisations represented in many countries globally). Keep an eye out for them and file them with your other tax records. Charities will normally send you a receipt for your gifts at the end of the fiscal year (others do this for every single payment), so keep an eye out for them. To earn a tax reduction in certain nations, such as the United States, you must itemise your deductions.