Most donations towards a charity come from individuals like you and me. Supporters are the bulk of what is built up through donations over time. Individuals. According to Charity Navigator as of 2017, individual giving made up 70% of about $410,020,000,000 total donated that year.
Donations come from all sorts of sources. It is not limited to just individuals, even though they comprise the majority of it all. Foundations (16% of total giving), corporations (5%), bequests (9%) or properties given by a will also add their influence
For the individual, there are different ways one can rally together donations. Setting up a food drive is one of them, collection jars, contests, events to collect funds for your chosen charity. You can also simply write a check or give cash if you want to simply give.
Why do people give to charity?
First of all, it’s makes them feel good! One’s emotional health can actually be uplifted through giving. It creates better wellbeing all around, for those who give and for those who are given to. It actually enhances one’s ethics and moral compass towards compassion.
It makes an impact. The legacy you leave can be simple few dollars or a lot! It can go to a charity’s new projects, partnerships, plans, etc. It gives you purpose in life and meaning. It can save a life, even. When it goes into research, both preventative measures and cures can be found towards any ailment. Every little bit counts! Will you make it count?
When you give, you are encouraging others to give too. It encourages friend, family, your children, even strangers if you bring it up in conversation that you are excited about a donation you just made to a charity. It brings a new spirit upon a conversation. Readiness. People will be influenced to give too.
Donating gives you a better state of mind. It doesn’t take much to give. All you need is incentive– what is the impact you are really making? You can believe in a cause, decide it makes you feel good to give while giving as much as you can or all you can afford or to save lives. It is also tax deductible and “might qualify you for a tax break and… reduce cost of donation.” For the tax benefits of giving, go here.
At Dreamscape, the founder Joe Sehwani seeks to use his experience with visual impairments and rare disability of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy or LHON to help others. It is that extension of self that most benefits the world. We must come together and give together.
His story is what anyone can believe in—a person with an ailment who uses it to aid others. He lost his sight at sixteen and started Dreamscape at eighteen. That takes determination and drive. His goal is to help as many people as possible with disabilities, specifically rare ones like he has. He’s open to giving to anyone though, as he has helped people with cancer before too. You can become part of the nonprofit’s story by giving.
Funding goes towards innovation, towards accessibility such as in technology, towards helping one another and education and resources. Research toward rare diseases and disabilities is also accomplished. Donations for people with disabilities is the goal, to help as many as we can get to. But it’s not possible without giving.
It’s not possible without you.
So, thank you. Thank you for giving and for the donations you have yet to give. You leave a footprint on this world with an “I was here” statement each time you raise funds or give to a cause. Together we can change the world. It is possible, it is realistic, it can be done one donation at a time. You can support people with disabilities and sensory impairments through Dreamscape.