No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. When you choose to give, you may not realise that donating to charity not only benefits the charities themselves, but it can be deeply rewarding for you too.
Millions of people give to charity on a regular basis to support causes they believe in, as well as for the positive effect it has on their own lives.
At ICG, we love to support small charities that make a big difference to the lives of children worldwide. Working in this way also means that as we grow, we can support more charities and reach more children and young people in need.
We are a grant-making charity, whose funds are raised from donations or fundraising by our partners and employees.
Life can be busy, and it may be hard to find the time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be huge. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you too.
Giving your time or money to support a cause you are passionate about is something you will never regret. It can help reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Giving or volunteering enriches your life, connects you to your community, and will positively impact your perspective for the rest of your life. Helping your community is an opportunity for you to grow as a person, to better understand how you fit into the world around you.
Volunteering doesn’t have to take a large amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. And as cheesy as it sounds, giving can feel just as good as receiving.
The benefits of donating
Donating to charity is a major mood-booster.
Just knowing that you are helping others is immensely empowering. Donating can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Research has identified a link between making a donation to charity and increased activity in the area of the brain that registers pleasure. As the saying goes – it is far better to give than to receive.
Giving to charity strengthens personal values
Giving provides people with a feeling of social conscience. Many people feel they have a moral duty to use what they have to help others - a sentiment rooted in their personal values and principles. It is a privilege to help improve the lives of others. By donating to a cause, people act on their feeling of responsibility which reinforces personal values. This makes them feel like they are living in a way that is true to their ethical beliefs.
Giving to charity introduces your children to the importance of generosity
Teaching your children to donate to charity from a young age shows them that they can make positive changes in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so fostering their natural generosity will mean that they will likely grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have and will carry on supporting charity in years to come.
Giving to charity encourages friends and family to do the same
Donating to charities can inspire your friends and family to give towards causes or organisations that are important to them. Family giving creates a bond, which helps strengthen relationships through a shared goal and raising more money than an individual donation. Working together towards a shared charity or cause could help make even more of a positive impact.
Choose to give
Whether you choose to donate to charities supporting people living in poverty, advocating to protect the environment, helping animals in need, or addressing other global or local problems, charities need your help to continue their selfless initiatives, but giving can feel just as good as receiving!
Every bit of good that ICG Foundation can help facilitate is down to the exceptionally generous donations made, of time and money. Our ICG employees and clients give regularly, and this makes us proud. If you would like to be involved too, please reach out or find out more or click the donate button.