Who is Worth Your Time and Money?
Who is worth my time and money? Since most people have limited quantities of both, it seems worth considering who we spend extra time and money on. Most religions have a concept of tithing, of giving time and money to those who need it. Although I do not consider myself a traditional Mormon, I still wish to pay tithing, and have spent the last few months figuring out how to do that.
My understanding of tithing tends towards taking care of the poor, of empowering the dis-empowered, so I gravitate towards organizations that do just that. As a rabid feminist, I also tend towards groups that support and empower women. Because I want to make sure I’m actually doing some good, I also like organizations that are financially transparent; who show that their money is going where they said it would. Since the church is not financially transparent and uses money for things other then humanitarian aid, including things I do not support, I’ve chosen to tithe to other organizations.
I also like the idea of tithing time as well as money and volunteering for a cause or organization. Clearly, there are all kinds of good causes in the world, and you can’t give time and/or money to everyone. But in the New Testament it says Christ valued the widow’s mite; even small actions of support for good count to God. I do a lot of liking and sharing on Facebook and blogs, hoping that even if I can’t do much now, maybe someone else can.
So, my question is, who is worth your time and money? What organizations do you support, or would you support if you were able? My list includes CARE, Sister Somalia , Amnesty International, Women for Women International, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Who do you like? Who have you had luck with? Where do you volunteer if that is your thing?