Last week, I asked the question “What charities motivate you to give?” and the answers were various. I never intended it to be a formal questionnaire so it was interesting to read what you all had to say. Here is my very non-academic analysis of what your responses. So, in no particular order…..
- People give to a charity that supports and serves a cause that has become very personal to them e.g. cancer or asthma, because they have been personally affected by these illnesses.
- There seem to be popular charities, those that support children or animals. We had several commentators talk about their support of children’s charities, and they were at completely different ends of the spectrum, so to speak: to do with education and then those that are missing.
- Many gave to national, international and very local charities.
- Not all gave on a regular basis, but as they felt drawn.
- And then there was the issue of TV advertising; was it a waste of money? Does it actually work on people? Well, I will let you be the judge of that considering that many of you mentioned charities that do TV advertising!
I found a more comprehensive survey that seemed to support your answers, or did your answers support the survey’s findings?!! Check it out in the related articles below.
I have thoroughly enjoyed asking the question and receiving your answers. It has been great to read your passions, and how this prompts you in so many ways.
Many charities were mentioned so I thought it would be helpful to list them all here so that you can take time to review them at your leisure. Everyone is worthy of support. If the charity is known globally and has national web pages, I have indicated this alongside, so if there is no link, just Google the charity name to find your national page.
- Habitat for Humanity (various national variants)
- World Vision (various national variants)
- Compassion International
- The Red Cross (various national variants)
- Save the Children (various national variants)
- Martin and Gracia Burnham Foundation
- A Child’s Right
- Missing Kids
- the Salvation Army (various national variants)
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
- Society of the Protection of Animals (various national and state/province variants)
- Gawad Kalinga
- Bright Space, part of Bright Horizons Foundation for Children
- Cancer Research UK
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my question. Watch out for another question soon.
- Religious people give to religious charities (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Jazi Giving Questionnaire: Results (jazigiving.org)