“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions
and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” ~Matthew 19:21 (NIV)
Dana or giving is extolled in the Pali Canon as a great virtue.
“Overcome the taint of greed and practice giving,”
exhorts the Devatasamyutta (S.i,18)
Give not with the thought to gain, and
be patient unto thy Lord. Islam. ~Qur’an 74.6-7
Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return,
at a proper time, in proper circumstances, and to a worthy person, is enlightened giving.
Giving with regrets or in the expectation of receiving some favor or of getting something in return,
is selfish giving. Hinduism. ~Bhagavad Gita 17.20-21
“Americans gave more than $307.75 billion to their favorite causes despite the economic conditions in 2009. Total giving, when adjusted for inflation, was down 3.6 percent, the steepest decline since the Giving USA annual reports started in 1956. It’s important to keep in mind that despite the downturn of the time, giving still totaled $307 billion.”
Despite economic concerns in America, the most Internet searched charities in 2011 were the YMCA, American Red Cross, Lance Armstrong Foundation, SPCA, and Habitat for Humanity. [read more]
In 2015, total giving grew 4.1 percent in current dollars (4.0 percent when adjusted for inflation) over 2014. The revised inflation-adjusted estimate for total giving in 2014 was $359.04 billion, with current-dollar growth of 7.8 percent, and an inflation-adjusted increase of 6.1 percent.
Giving USA 2017: Total Charitable Donations Rise to New High of $390.05 Billion!
Below are just a few places in which to donate however you can, even in struggling economic times. Thanks for all that you do for the betterment of others, and if you have a favorite charity to recommend, please leave the organization’s name and/or link in the reply box below.
- Children’s Hospitals:
- National Parks: http://www.nps.gov/partnerships/fundraising_individuals_statistics.htm
- Organs and Tissue: http://www.donatelife.net/UnderstandingDonation/Statistics.php
- Cancer Research: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/NCI/donations
- How to Help, click here