Who says that generosity is only meant for the holiday season at the end of the year?
As I send my year-end charitable contributions, I wonder why I don't spread out my giving throughout the year. The donations will still be accounted for when it is tax return time. I base the gift amount off of revenue and not annual profit so the total accumulated amount won't be affected. Holding back the amount until the year-end won't make much difference in regard to the interest earned on retained funds for 11 months.
I am sure that non-profit organizations would appreciate donations all throughout the year and that would take some of the strain off of tight budgets. It can't be very comfortable for them to hold their breath at the end of the year to see if donations will roll in.
I am going to change my mindset and set a quarterly goal for giving. I think this will help out the organizations that I contribute to, and it will provide me with more frequent "feel good" moments. As H. Jackson Brown Jr. said, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more". And I will add "more often".
This year, I chose the non-profit's Cascade County Meals on Wheels and Great Falls Rescue Mission to give a little shot in the arm to. What charities do you support?