In America, we give favored tax status to organizations working as a “Not for Profit” business, organized under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c). Your contributions to these organizations can be tax deductible to you, and encourage your beliefs and values. When you support a cause or an organization, you have convictions about your feelings. The Social Consciousness of America is driven with local money in the community.
There truly is a gift in the giving. It can feel good to “give.” Giving can be done in many ways. People give service, tangible things, money…It builds self esteem to feel good about yourself through giving. It was our early pioneering mothers who established many of the original charities like the Red Cross.
“With malice towards none… WITH CHARITY FOR ALL; WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT, AS GOD GIVES US TO SEE THE RIGHT, LET US STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK WE ARE IN; TO BIND UP THE NATION’S WOUNDS; TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE, AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND HIS ORPHAN– TO DO ALL WHICH MAY ACHIEVE AND CHERISH A JUST AND LASTING PEACE AMONG OURSELVES, AND WITH ALL NATIONS.
— Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865