Many of us have been in a position where we want to give, but cannot afford it. Fortunately, when I got married, I married someone who was very good with money, so that we could designate a budget for giving (also known as tithe, in our house).
When it comes to charitable donations most people like the idea of making their contributions. Unfortunately, there are instances when the economy has an adverse effect on you and there are insufficient funds to carry out your wish. It is interesting to note that most charitable organizations will be just as happy to benefit from material items as funding although when cash is received the options are increased. In order to share your generosity with others it is not necessary to pull out your wallet, in fact, here are a few alternative contributions that can be offered when you can’t afford to donate.
● Cash donations do not necessarily need to be in the form of a check, purchasing a meal or two for people who are starving can be just as effective.
● Choose your charitable organizations wisely, make sure you know where the funds are being allocated to.
● Spend a few hours evaluating the items you have in your home. Some items may deserve a place in the trash can; others could be donated.
● Time is one of your most valuable resources and is almost always received with open arms.
● If you are in good health, and you can physically do it, giving blood is an excellent way to give to the needy.
● Look for opportunities to create and support projects that earn funds. A good place to start is with a raffle or a bake sale, both seem to work well in a church environment.
● Consider creating a time account where you assign a small portion of your paycheck to a particular cause.
These are just a few low or no-cost opportunities to get you started on the way to donate even though you really can’t afford it.