You’ve certainly heard about the massive donations made to charities by billionaires such as Bill Gates, Ted Turner and what will happen to Warren Buffet’s massive wealth when he dies. This might make the average person think that donating to charities should be left to those with wealth they can never hope to exhaust in several lifetimes of opulent living. Yet, despite massive efforts to fight global poverty, there are areas of the world that still cry out for help. Donations by billionaires and corporate organizations still need to be complemented by donations from ordinary people. To make a difference in the life of a person in need, you really do not need to make a huge financial donation. In some parts of the world what you donate by foregoing a single night out could make a massive difference in somebody else’s life. Moreover, donations do not necessarily have to be monetary. In the average home, you are likely to find closets full of items of clothing in good repair which nobody will ever use again. Kid’s toys and computers which have been abandoned as their owners made upgrades could also make perfect donation items. In addition, you could make an even greater impact by volunteering your services. Charitable organizations are always in need of volunteers and you do not need to be a doctor (or a specialist in any field for that matter) to volunteer your services. This is because while you might think that charitable donations are only needed in far-away poor countries, there are plenty of charities which work to fight different forms of poverty and dependence even locally. Donating your money, time or expertise is very satisfying and those who give get as much (if not more) satisfaction as those who receive. Thank you to our local donator who runs a carpet cleaning maintenance company. Why donate? Donating to charity is one way of showing gratitude for what you have. It shows that you do not take what you have for granted. Making charitable donations also gives you a chance to act as a role model to people who do not fully appreciate the depth of poverty and want in the world we live in. By donating, you’ll be sending a message to your kids, friends and other people close to you and they’ll most probably be motivated to do the same. Making charitable donations could also be the only means you have to show support for a cause you feel passionately about. When you cannot be there in person, putting your resources in the hands of people who are as passionate as you are about a cause will prove satisfying enough.