Here’ s a bit of a lighter article asking how our giving makes us most happy. Although the experiments cited in the article are somewhat less than rigorously scientific, the article suggests that it really is more “blessed” to give than to receive. The authors go on to list three conditions under which prosocial spending (in other words, giving toward other’s benefit) thrives; namely, when it feels like a choice, when it connects us with others, and when it makes a clear impact. There are certainly many different avenues through which we can share our resources, from large multi-national development organizations to mid-sized local non-profits, through churches or directly to individuals. Our giving may be done in isolation or through collaboration. We may never know the end-recipient or we may be in close relationship with them. How do the three conditions suggested in the article – choice, relationality, and clear impact – affect how and why you give?
Feel Good Giving
Valerie Anderson coordinates Operations at Common Change. She received her MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and has spent the last 6 years establishing and maintaining a range of community development projects both in her home country, South Africa, and in low-income urban areas in the United States. She is a writer, problem-solver and strategist and loves to create environments in which others can thrive. Valerie and her husband, Brett Fish, have recently returned to their beautiful home city, Cape Town. You can find more of Val’s writing at valanderson.wordpress.com