Another year sharing the luck
Read this post by Mister Money Mustache this week, which reminded me about my own paltry efforts.
We've written about giving to charity before, first here and then an update here.
Basically giving money or time to others is one of the best ways to make yourself happier, as well as making the world a little better for everyone.
There is a huge multiplier effect too, as people start to pay it forward.
I decided to automate my giving, as this ensures that 1) it happens, and 2) I don't need to think about it. I am pretty lazy, so like to automate anything that can be automated.
Like my investing, my giving is pretty random. Here are the charities I give money to regularly:
Severn Hospice (10 pounds a month plus one-off donation of 500 pounds)
My mum spent her last few weeks here, and they treated her and me extremely well. Supporting their future work really is the least that I can do.
Charity: water ($30 a month)
I can't think of anything more basic than having clean drinking water. Charity: water seem to spend their money well and send a lot of information about the end users.
Amnesty International (2.50 pounds a month -should increase this one)
Drawing attention to human rights abuses supports and encourages the victims and puts pressure on the abusers.
Courageous Kitchen ($25 a month)
I went to Bangkok a few years back to meet Dwight (the founder of In Search of Sanuk which later became Courageous Kitchen) and was so impressed with what he was doing that I've been proud to support their work ever since.
Apart from the one-off donations, all of these are automated monthly payments. Most charities appreciate regular payments as it make it easier for them to plan and less necessary to fundraise.
Unfortunately I am not aware of any tax advantages in Japan for charitable giving (are there any?) but there are enough non-monetary ones to make this worth it.
I will be increasing my regular giving going forward as my income/financial situation improves.
How about you? Do you give time or money? Any good charities out there? Any way of getting a tax break on charitable giving in Japan?