The holiday to-do list is already long. There are last-minute tax moves to make. And somewhere along the way, people find a few minutes to make a series of hasty decisions and dash off a bunch of checks.
In the midst of the holiday festivities, you may find yourself rushing to make a charitable donation before the year is over. And although your heart is in the right place, sometimes a hasty decision can lead to poor charitable decisions. Are you making sure your donation represents your ideals and morals?
This “scrambled” method of donating, however, is not the only way to make a contribution at year-end. As mentioned in a New York Times article, a new game called “Talk About Giving” helps families discuss values and philanthropy throughout the entire year. This in turn leads to families making more meaningful charitable donations at the end of the year.
The game includes a deck of cards with questions like:
- What is our family’s history of helping?
- If you could have changed anything that happened in the world this year, what would you change?
- Should we volunteer even if we don’t want to?
- What do you appreciate most about our town?
- How much did tonight’s dinner cost?
For additional insight on making your end-of-year donations, refer to the New York Times article “As the Year Draws to a Close, Deciding How to Slice Your Charitable Pie.”
References: The New York Times (December 7, 2012) “As the Year Draws to a Close, Deciding How to Slice Your Charitable Pie”
The New York Times (December 10, 2012) “Playing the ‘Talk About Giving’ Game With Your Family”