Does it Really Matter?

This is the time of year when charitable organizations seem to be doing their best to let us know about their causes.  This is also the time of year when perhaps we think the most about giving.  Maybe it’s because of the time we spend with family and friends that those with a need weigh heavily upon our hearts and minds.  But do you ever have the wondering doubt about whether your efforts even make a difference?  Does my single donation really matter?

In a word, yes!  Yes, your individual contributions do matter to these organizations – not only the monetary ones, but gifts of time and sharing about the organization with others.  However there is a way to help your own efforts go further. 

You’ve heard the acronym for team – Together Each Accomplishes More.  That thinking is exactly how collectively our individual contributions of money and time and effort make a real meaningful and significant impact.  A “Parade” magazine article written by actor, Matt Damon talks about his efforts to encourage others to work together in support of various causes.

If I give to a cause, I am one person who cares and provides support.  However, if I tell 10 friends about a cause or organization or need and we each give, now both financial support and the level of understanding has changed dramatically – even if the individual amount given is only a couple of dollars or your time.  There are now 10 people who care; will tell others; will get involved.  This is not only the thought behind teamwork, but also the growing concept of “micro-philanthropy”. 

We can’t all write checks for thousands of dollars, but we can work together to pool our resources, channel our efforts and share ideas to help others.  With everyone doing a little part, the work gets done, the effort is made, someone is helped and we have all played a part.

Check out our website ( and see how we can help you join the efforts of others like yourself to make a difference in an organization you care about.


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