Benefits of donating to charity
You may be asking, why do people donate to charity? What makes them choose to give their money to help others? There are many benefits of donating to charity, ranging from how good it feels to financial advantages.
It feels good to help others
One of the main reasons people donate to charity is simply because it feels good to help others. Studies show that charitable giving has a positive impact on happiness. When we know we’re contributing to those in need, helping people stay safe and healthy, or giving another person (or animal) a positive outcome, we tend to feel better about ourselves.
It strengthens community
Finding and creating community is one of the most important parts of being human. When we give back to our communities, it can help us feel more connected to each other, the places we live and the world as a whole. Donating to charity can help us strengthen our personal communities while helping others feel more connected to theirs.
You’re making an impact
Charitable donations are a great opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others. For example, a donation to St. Jude helps us ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. When you give to charity, you can help positively impact families like those at St. Jude.
It has tax benefits
Aside from the psychological and emotional benefits of donating to charity, there are also financial benefits to giving. Donations to charities and nonprofit organizations are often tax-deductible. Because St. Jude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, donations qualify for a tax deduction.
How does St. Jude use my donation?
Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. Because of your support, we can provide children cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families.
Donations made to St. Jude help cover the following and more for our patients and their families.
- Research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases
- Travel, housing and food
- Psychosocial help
- Toys and activities
- Costly treatments and hospital stays