Your approach to giving

December 5, 2007
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A study put out yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says that about two in three American households made donations in each of the three years it followed.

The center also found that slightly more than half of households gave during each of the three years.

Nearly half donated to houses of worship and other religious organizations, while more than half gave to secular groups and about a third gave to both.

Weâ??re in the midst of a season of giving, if for no other reason than to reap those last-minute tax deductions.

How do you make decisions about giving?

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  • My policy is, and has always been, to empty my pockets of change and $1 bills on my way out from a business which has a kettle out front. Sometimes this can be quite a bit, other times, not. And I don't go out of my way to pay a cashier such that I won't have any $1s When taking care of a lot of errands, it just trickles out.

    Another method someone might want to adopt is to drink one less alcohol-based dring and drop the price in a kettle. You aren't digging deeply into your pocket because you would have spent it anyway.
  • I donate the most to the nonprofits I'm directly involved with - thru volunteering, board membership, etc. That way I know how the money is spent, and sometimes have a say in it.

    My methods of payment are thru payroll deduction and weekly/monthly checks. I do NOT give to United Way as they do not support th organizations I believe in.

    I now donate to fewer organizations but give more overall.

    Central Indiana could use more focus on individual giving v. corporate.

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