How to give your time & money with maximum impact
As the craziness of 2020 wore on, it became apparent that there was a lot of work that needed doing on Earth. Many worthy causes and protests to lend my support to and so many injustices to speak out against. But my biggest concern became how to give with maximum impact. How can I give authentically, make an impact on people’s lives and not feel overwhelmed?
Thinking Beyond The Old School
Here in Australia, we have many charities that have been around for so many years that they are nationally recognised brands, which makes it easy for people to donate without thought. The only problem with that is no one pays any attention to how these charities spend donations. Many use a disproportionate amount of their contributions to set themselves up in comfortable offices, pay for company cars, and grease their machine’s wheels. Don’t get me wrong, comfortable and safe workspaces are essential, as are company cars – if they contribute to the charities’ efficacy. But lately, I’ve noticed these charities are becoming more about themselves and less about helping people.
And I want my contributions to go where they are most needed.
How To Give With The Most Impact
I decided that I wanted my giving to make the maximum impact possible in people’s lives. I didn’t want to finance outdated office practices and pay high CEO wages. So I spent time thinking about what kind of impact I wanted to make in the world. Each of us is indeed capable of changing the world, and to me, the most significant impact comes from partnering with the right people.
After much thought, I decided that I wanted to help people at ground zero. The people who were living amongst and with the issues that mattered to me. I wanted to know that my money and time wasn’t being spent on “good intentions” but on work that was making a difference.
These are the charities I have chosen to give to monthly.
St Judes is a school in Tanzania that was founded by an Australian woman – Gemma Sisia. The reason I choose to give to St Jude’s is that Gemma lives in the community. She is there amongst the hardships, witnessing and experiencing the lives of the people she serves. I also choose to support St Judes because they provide free, quality education to the most impoverished children in Tanzania. Thereby saving children from exploitation and making a positive impact on the future of Tanzania. You can check out St Judes here.
Fred Hollows Foundation
Fred Hollows has been an Aussie icon since I was a small girl. Whenever we passed a Fred Hollows donation tin, my Dad would stop and put in a coin. Why? Because Fred didn’t just talk about the work that needed doing, he was out in the field, operating on people’s eyes. The Fred Hollow’s Foundation’s mission is to end avoidable blindness caused by inadequate eye health care in the most impoverished communities worldwide. Their mission hasn’t changed since I was a small girl, and they continue Fred’s work to this day.
I’m Still Figuring Out How To Give To Black Lives Matter
How do you give to black lives matter organisations? I’m still trying to figure this out for myself. This year I will be joining the Australia Day Indigenous marches calling for a different date to celebrate. One that every Australian can observe and not a date that represents the beginning of the subjugation and discrimination of our first nation people. But I’m still looking for other ways to become a part of this fight against injustice. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Join the conversation by leaving me a comment.
How are you going to give this year?
I hope my article has sparked something in you. If you really want to know how to give for maximum impact, first define what is important to you. What changes do you want to see globally, and how do you want to see your precious donations used? And then find organisations that are going to help you make the most significant impact.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Steve Jobs: