Remember back to a time when you were feeling uneasy about a decision, or were in need of financial aid and needed a little help. Most likely, you had a support system there to help you. And if you didn’t, it likely made the hardship even more difficult to deal with.
For Patrick Reed and the Team Reed Foundation, giving to those who are in need of a metaphorical or literal shoulder to cry on is a duty, not a choice. And it’s our hope that this passion continues to catch on across the country to build a positive place to grow and thrive. Still, there are skeptics that don’t necessarily believe in the power of charitable giving.
There are countless reasons as to why it’s important to our team on a personal level, but why is it necessary on a global level? Here is just a brief explanation of why it’s necessary and how it’s working.
According to CharityNavigator.org, a site that collects charitable giving data, a total of $390 billion was given to charitable organizations in 2016 alone. That’s a lot of money! With a lot of money comes a lot of responsibility, and thankfully this money was put to very good use. 15% of all donations went to education-based charities, 8% went to health-based groups, and human services charities received 12% of the donations. This is a massive movement of money to from those who can spare it to those who need it more. Without this money, many of those involved with these charities wouldn’t have the resources to perform within their communities.
Healthier and Happier Humans
Giving to charitable causes and nonprofits actually causes you to feel more positive. Found on the site, “The Life You Can Save,” the National Institute of Health stated that those who donate actually receive a jolt to the pleasure centers of their brain. In simple terms, giving just makes you feel good. Adding more meaning to your life in order to give others a chance at an equally happy and meaningful life can have amazing affects on a personal level and a societal level. Spreading positivity can promote giving to younger generations as well as encourage your friends and family to join in, creating a giant giving circle.
Because It Works
Through our own donations and time given to causes in Houston, Texas, we have seen firsthand the positive impacts on charitable giving to society. There’s always room for critiquing and bettering charitable practices around the world, but there is no denying that the impact is felt by society, businesses, and those in need.
Have you recently donated to a charity and feel comfortable sharing why? Feel free to tweet at us @TeamReedFDN with your experiences and how you feel your contribution made an impact to society. Do us a favor and share this article to keep the gift of giving going!