December 10th, 2013

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do you donate to charity and why: a follow-up poll

About eight years ago (yes, I've been blogging too long) I posted an entry asking who among my friends donates to charity and why. In that entry I was trying to prove that my religious friends donated, therefore religion was a good thing.

Since then I think I've gotten slightly less religious, in that I'm not sure God cares whether I donate 10% of my income to charity, I don't see myself being kicked out of heaven for it. But I still have that goal because I need a goal, and quite frankly I just like it. I think being generous is important, good for me, forces me to budget a bit, and there so many very worthy causes. I've grown in my attitudes toward charity a lot in the past few years. And the funny thing, I think my friends list has too... when I blog about charity I no longer get as many comments along the lines of "I don't have to donate I pay my taxes and it all goes to freeloaders..." and that sort of crap. I don't feel like a freak for supporting my causes. I don't think it has anything to do with religion, but I'm not sure what it does have to do with.

So I'm reposting the poll here. Let's see what's changed.

Poll #1947444 charity

When it comes to charities...

I donate a significant portion (more than 5%) of my income to charities
15(13.5%)
I don't donate a significant amount, but I'll throw a few dollars in the direction of a good cause when asked
25(22.5%)
I make shopping decisions based on moral principles
27(24.3%)
I donate money on a regular basis (it's budgeted)
24(21.6%)
I donate money for specific events (like natural disaster relief)
20(18.0%)

What causes do you support the most with your time/money?

Educating children
21(11.2%)
Feeding the hungry
34(18.2%)
Helping animals
14(7.5%)
Supporting minorities
11(5.9%)
Saving the environment
9(4.8%)
Protecting human rights
20(10.7%)
Spreading the word of God
3(1.6%)
Disaster relief
19(10.2%)
Providing culture and art
27(14.4%)
Curing diseases
18(9.6%)
Political causes or candidates
11(5.9%)

If you donate a significant amount (more than 5%) of your income, what's the biggest reason for that?

My religion
5(11.4%)
It's just a good thing to do
15(34.1%)
I feel sorry for people
2(4.5%)
I want a tax deduction
0(0.0%)
I have too much money
0(0.0%)
Does not apply because I do not donate a significant portion
22(50.0%)