Do you give to charity?

@themdno (403)
United States
September 24, 2009 8:08pm CST
Someone once told me, that if you make enough money to support yourself, and you're not worried about going hungry, that you should donate something like 5-10% of your income to various charities. They told me that lots of wealthy people do this. They don't do it to be nice people, or to help anybody out, but because they believe that in the long run, they will make more money because of they're donations. It was all based off of karma, and they believe that donating 10%, means you might make 15% more next year. So, my question is, do you make it a habit of donating to charity? If you were a rich CEO, would you donate 10%?
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11 responses
• Pakistan
25 Sep 09
Yes sure its a part of my religion which is called "Zakaat" We muslims should give this amount in order to make our money clean and safe Its 2.5% per year according to our religion. Its is not because that we will get 5 % more next year just because its an order of almighty allah and i think this beleif or tradition is part of every religion in some form
@themdno (403)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Just curious, do you give the money to a charity, or to the mosque? I used to be religious, but I'm not anymore. But, the church I used to go to, would encourage people to donate to the church itself. Which is good too, as the church does lots of good things for the community. But, I think it's different than giving to charity.
@delkar (1716)
• Romania
25 Sep 09
I didn`t know that about karma, but i know that in my mind, that was the idea . donate some money to charity or to churches and you`ll get more back , but not necessary money, maybe happiness . I really donate almost each sunday some money at the church , even if i`m not having any income . just the money from my parents . I`m not giving too much , but it`s something . I feel that God will protect me for that, and He will take care of me, He will give me some luck , and so on .
@themdno (403)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I don't know if I believe in karma or not. Sometimes it's really hard for me to believe, because people do terrible things, and seem to be really successful in life. Then, it seems like the good people get walked on. But, I do try to help people when I can. Not necessarily to be better off in the future, but if I get karma points because of donating or volunteering, than I'll take it. :)
@picjim (3003)
• India
25 Sep 09
I don't think of karma but i'm not the C.E.O of any company.I'm a small entrepreneur and if i make a sizable profit on investment i'll definitely part with some to help those in need.If i were a C.E.O of a privately owned company i would definitely donate a good sum as charity.In the past 5 years or so only a single year yielded good profit to me and that year i did contribute to charity.
@themdno (403)
• United States
26 Sep 09
That's good of you, more people should be that way. Some people are too greedy, I think. I like to give a percent of my income, because we all get comfortable, and think we can't afford to donate anything. But, anything you give helps. Quite a few people could live without 2% or 3% of their income. The more people who donate that 2%, it can feed a lot of people.
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Hey there! I am a child sponsor for World Vision. Ever since we started earning, my girlfriend and I decided to donate a portion of our salaries to sponsor 2 children who are less fortunate and need help to continue going to school. If I was richer, I'd sponsor more children and probably help other charities as well.
@themdno (403)
• United States
26 Sep 09
That's a very nice way to give back. My dad did the same thing, a few years back. I don't know if he's still doing it or not. I think it's one of the best ways to help out, because you're helping individual people. It's always nice to donate or volunteer for a organization that helps many people...but it's great to help out individual kids, that you know need your help.
• United States
25 Sep 09
I'm not rich by any means, but I donate in the form of my time. I volunteer at an animal shelter that participates in a program called AniMeals which provides pet food to elderly pet owners who might otherwise find it difficult to feed their pets. It's kinda like Meals-on-Wheels for dogs and cats! It's really a lot of fun. I would honestly rather do my donating in the form of actually working for the organization rather than just sending money.
@themdno (403)
• United States
25 Sep 09
That's really cool! That's a good idea for a charity, because it helps the elderly people, and the animals. Also I agree, donating time is better than money. I didn't even think about donating your time, because I thought of it in terms of a rich CEO or somebody like that. You know they wouldn't donate their time and actually work for the charity. I'm sure there is somebody who's an exception to that, but for the most part I don't think big CEO's would do it.
• United States
26 Sep 09
I'm not rich, either, but I have a roof over my head and I don't worry about where my next meal is coming from, so I give. I can't give a lot of money, but I can give a lot of time, so I try to use the web and social networking to gain attention for charities and good causes whenever I can. I believe in the quote from Marian Wright Edelman: "Service is the rent we pay for living." It's true. We are an interdependent race; we were made to find individual niches to build a greater whole, and none of us can live without each other. If I were a rich CEO, I hope I would donate at least that. I also believe what our president Barack Obama said this week: "That's the good thing about public service--anybody can do it, and everyone should try."
• United States
26 Sep 09
I'm not rich at all, but I always and regulary donate to the poor. Giving to charity really makes me happy. The looks on the child's face being real happy because they actually have food and water to eat and shelter to live in. They are totally not as fortunate as us. As we have cell phones, internet, TV, food, water, shelter, and mostly everything we need. Giving some spare change can make a difference too. I don't believe in karma. But I just donate because it helps somebody that could really use help. I can donate from a penny to hundreds of dollars. Every penny can help someone buy some rice or clean water. I donate a lot of my money from my job to charity a lot. One technique that I use, is I would get a box, and put all my spare change in there, every day for a year and donate it all to charity. My family would all participate in this and we would raise over 2 hundred dollars or one hundred-fifty and give it to Red Cross or Unicef (2 main charity companys) . That's about it and I recommend you MyLotters to donate to Charity once in a while or regulary like me. So have a good day MyLotters!
@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
i don't have money to donate to any one. if i am rich i would definitely donate to people. i hardly able to afford to buy any thing with the money that i earned. but it is really good to help back to the charity. but i do help people around me that needs help. i do help in terms of money too . small money but i do still help out people. and sometimes the help i give is quite big also in terms of service and time i give to other people just to help them out. sometimes i rather have money and donate to charities and live my life the way i want to live it. but sometimes it is not the only thing to do. people sometimes need more than that. they will need attention and special care. and so money is not enough actually.
@Ruby722 (798)
• China
26 Sep 09
Unfortunately I am a poor guy.My income i have to pay my bill and college costs Even through I will do that i can do to help these poor people.Donate is an virtue Even you only can donate cent some old clothes ,People will fell you love is..There have a beautiful song 'if everyone can donate a little love .the world will become more beautiful.'
• Pakistan
26 Sep 09
I'm not rich but I give to charity time to time even If i have limited money for my use. .But if I were a rich CEO, i would love to donate more than 10%.
@raul666 (406)
• Romania
25 Sep 09
ies of course. os a good thing to help other people