10 reasons why you should give to charity
Why charity is important for everyone
To make the world a better place for everyone, we all need to play our part in whatever way we can. Maybe that’s through volunteering your time or skills for a cause you care about, or perhaps it’s something as simple as being kind to strangers you meet in your day-to-day life. But you can also help make a difference by donating what you can to charity too.
You might be thinking, why donate to charity? While we like to believe we can make a difference on our own, sometimes we can do more together. The way charities are structured lets them use money raised to directly help people who need it on a larger scale than we can as individuals.
And if you have any concerns about how money you donate is used, you can always look at a charity’s annual report to get reassurance that donations made to the charity are actively helping their beneficiaries.
Why do people give to charity?
There’s plenty of reasons why to give to charity, and for many people it’s a very personal choice - but here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider making a donation.
1. It’s a reason close to your hearts
There are so many charities out there doing incredible work to help those who need it. And we all have different causes that strike a chord with us. Maybe what a charity does means more to you due to your own personal experiences, or perhaps you just feel very strongly about those they are helping. For us? We know children are the future and every child deserves a childhood free from abuse. This is why we continue to work to keep children safe and prevent abuse.
2. You help make a difference
When you choose to give to a charity - no matter how big or small that charity is - you’re helping to make a real difference. Charities can carry out their crucial work thanks to the generosity of people like you. And when you donate to a cause you care about, you’ll know that your decision to donate is making a tangible impact on the lives of those the charity helps.
3. Every donation makes an impact
No matter how much you can afford to give, as a one-off donation, through regular giving, or by fundraising for charity, your donation matters. Every donation received adds up and helps charities get to work and make a positive difference. So if you don’t have a lot to spare? You could just skip one morning coffee a month and donate that regularly instead. Whatever you give, charities are always grateful for any amount you can part with.
4. Giving benefits society’s neediest and most vulnerable
Often the people in society who are in need are the most overlooked. Society and governments aren’t set up to protect everyone who needs it. That’s why charities are here to fill the gaps and provide dedicated resources to help the most vulnerable. For children, they rely on their parents or carers to give them safety, guidance, and access to life’s necessities. Sadly for many children, this isn’t the case. This is why we’re here for every child and young person to listen and protect them from abuse.
5. Brings us closer to the society we want to live in
In an ideal world charities wouldn’t need to exist. Imagine a society where no child went hungry or experienced abuse, no animals were harmed, all diseases could be treated or cured, and everyone was treated kindly and fairly with the same opportunities in life. That is what we’re all collectively working towards. And real change takes work, but we can’t do it alone. Your donations help charities work towards creating a society that benefits everyone, leaving no one behind.
6. Gives us a sense of belonging
Life can be difficult sometimes, but remembering we’re all in this together can help us feel more connected to those around us. And by all playing our part to lend a helping hand to those in need, we can feel more like an active part of our society. Our community means so much to us, and seeing them all come together, whether it’s through volunteering, fundraising, or giving - we’re all united in our common goal of protecting children.
7. Set an example for others
We know we all have it in us to make a difference, and there’s power in numbers. Why stop at just knowing you’re making an impact? Your actions can also inspire others to pay attention to important issues and offer their support too. You can chat to your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours to let them know you’re donating to charity and why the cause matters to you. This can show them why there’s an urgent need for them to do the same and motivate them to get involved too.
8. Giving is in our nature
As people, generosity is in our genes. From the earliest times, society could only function by us working together. Selfless acts let us look after those who need it the most, and the urge to help those around us is always inside us. So why not donate today to an important cause you care about and give into your natural drive to help others?
9. It makes us feel good
Sometimes it’s okay to be a little bit selfish. And one of the best parts of giving or fundraising? It can make you feel pretty good about yourself. There’s nothing quite like doing something for someone else to put a smile on your face. Even when we’re not feeling our best, if we put some kindness back into the world it can help us feel a little better in ourselves and about the world around us.
10. Enjoy an extra bit of tax relief
An added bonus of charitable donations is they’re tax free for individuals when you donate through Gift Aid, directly through your payroll or pension, or through Payroll Giving. This means, depending on how you give, you can claim back the tax on any donations you make or you won’t pay income tax on them in the first place - helping you save through giving.
You can donate today and help us be here for children. Your donations support our work with children and families, our helplines, schools service and child protection and awareness campaigns.