Charitable Donations the Perfect Holiday Gift

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), November 29, 2004 | Go to article overview

Charitable Donations the Perfect Holiday Gift


Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By Gretchen Pierce For The Register-Guard

For how many years have we found ourselves so caught up in the holiday whirlwind that our best intentions of giving to important charitable causes fall by the wayside?

This year - given the immense needs of individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in Eugene and throughout Oregon - I encourage everyone to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season by making philanthropy a priority, particularly as we prepare to enter the final month of 2004, and as we collectively look forward to the new year.

After all, I believe that generosity and human kindness bestowed from one to another, in large ways and small, truly defines the character of our community. Some ideas for getting started:

Establish a budget for giving: As a first step, take some time to determine how much of your holiday gift budget you and your family can allocate to charitable causes. Make it your goal to increase your giving this year.

Understand the significance of family involvement: It's important to share your commitment to philanthropy with others in your family, particularly young people. Discuss what issues your family is concerned about, and particularly listen to what your children have to say. Getting children to think about the critical needs in their community is an important first step in passing along philanthropic values to the next generation.

Explore various ways to give: Once you decide which needs you and your family will address and ultimately support, consider the many ways to give, such as hands-on volunteer work, charitable donations or support of a scholarship fund. An organization such as The Oregon Community Foundation can help identify places where help is needed locally while also sharing ways to give that you may not have considered - such as family funds, scholarship funds, property donation or charitable trusts.

Inspire giving by involving others: Above and beyond your own giving, the holiday season can also be an ideal time to inspire friends, neighbors and co-workers to become engaged in charitable giving. …

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