It’s the International Day of Charity: Why do you give?

Syllabification: char·i·ty | Pronunciation: /ˈCHerədē/
NOUN (plural charities): The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.

PWW Haiti Photo by  Jim  BarkerIt’s a simple definition, but it signifies a lot more. Charity is an action. It’s a state of mind. Some consider it a virtue. And charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people.‎

At the same time, poverty persists in all countries of the world, regardless of economic, cultural or social contexts. Today is the International Day of Charity – a United Nations-designated day that acknowledges the role that charity plays in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations.

It also acknowledges the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals. In 2012, the United Nations declared in resolution A/RES/67/105 that Sept. 5, the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, would be the International Day of Charity.

Today, the United Nations invites all member states, international and regional organizations, as well as civil socity and individuals, to commemorate the day by encouraging charity – including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

At Pure Water for the World, we want to know: Why do you give? Do you give time? Financial resources? Knowledge and know-how? Materials and provisions?

According to Rebecca Higman and Katya Andresen at Network for Good, people convert from supporter (or even skeptic) to donor for many reasons.

They include:

  • Someone I know asked me to give, and I wanted to help him or her.
  • I felt emotionally moved by someone’s story.
  • I want to feel I’m not powerless in the face of need and can help.
  • I want to feel I’m changing someone’s life.
  • I feel a sense of closeness to a community or group.
  • I need a tax deduction.
  • I want to memorialize someone (who is struggling or died of a disease, for example).
  • I was raised to give to charity – it’s tradition in my family.
  • I want to be “hip,” and supporting this charity is in style.
  • It makes me feel connected to other people and builds my social network.
  • I want to have a good image for myself/my company.
  • I want to leave a legacy that perpetuates me, my ideals or my cause.
  • I feel fortunate and want to give something back to others.
  • I give for religious reasons – God wants me to share my affluence.
  • I want to be seen as a leader/role model.

For whatever the reason, Pure Water for the World thanks all of our donors that support our work and help provide life-saving resources, services and information to thousands of individuals each year.