Many people have had conversations about giving and charity and where they stand on it and I want to continue that convo. I personally have always made giving a big part of my financial priorities, but as I moved out of working in the non-profit space in the past couple years, my giving has shifted - not only the percentage, but the type.
I used to always prioritize local, 501c3 nonprofits that work on advocacy or human services - most of which I knew the staff or the beneficiaries of the work. Like most Americans, I don’t itemize my taxes, so beyond the occasional marketing write-off for my own business, there’s no actual reason for me to prefer tax-deductible (501c3) charities over one-on-one giving.
In recent years, I’ve shifted more than 80% of my overall “giving” category to Patreon and other creator-focused giving (kofi), and things like gofundmes (because America’s medical system is a disaster).
I’ve been struggling with figuring out where my own giving priorities are recently - which is hard to admit, as someone who talks about values and money on the air, and someone who has spent most of her career raising money for non-profits.
Frankly, I feel I get more personal value giving to creators one-on-one than I did making a monthly donation to an advocacy non-profit. This is especially true with creators that might not otherwise be able to make the work they do without things like patreon, etc. But I admit I do some of it for perks - like getting a cool icon on my fav youtube creator’s channels or access to exclusive livestreams.
I also have decreased my giving - both in raw $$'s and in % of my total spending - as my income has gone down since I started working for myself 2 years ago. I have wrestled with how I feel about that.
Thoughts? I know many of you are OMD patreon backers (thank you so much by the way, you’re literally the reason I can afford to do this work) and I know many folks give to charity. What are your thoughts on charity vs direct giving? Do you make giving a priority? Do you do more in-kind or volunteering than cash donations?