After reading so many detailed giving plans from bloggers, I’m chagrined to admit that I don’t have a plan for regular charitable contributions.
One of the difficulties in setting up such a plan is that I’m not quite sure what charities to give to. Well, at least I am certain that I’ll give to my school once I graduate (even though I already owe it 19,000 George Washingtons). One could argue that donating to a school that already has hundreds of millions of dollars in endowment may not be the best use of my charitable dollars. Still, it has done well by me.
There are several political and social causes that I hold close to heart – I will do some research on them and then decide how much I can give. Several bloggers have recommended Kiva.org, so I will check that out as well. A fellow blogger that I enjoy reading, English Major, aims to contribute 5% of her income to charity. I find that extremely admirable. TBH also has a giving plan and will contribute a fair amount of her income to charities.
In addition to giving money, I also want to be involved in a non-profit whose cause I support. Since I expect my job to take
most all of my waking hours, I have to be realistic how much time I will have to do non-profit work. I plan to talk to some people at my school and try to participate as an young alum on a committee. Alums have helped me tremendously during my career search, so I’d like to give back if I can.