Today's To-Do: Give $10 to an organization you've never given to before.


Today, you have a chance to practice generosity in a small but meaningful way. 

You may have a portfolio of organizations you fervently support. You may not. Charitable giving may be a regular part of your financial life. It may not. Completing today's to-do will be a small way to either start or strengthen our ability to be generous. Plus, you might experience upside as well. After all, as Raymond Fisman and Michael Luca point out in their recent Wall Street Journal essay, "a growing body of research suggest that we constantly underestimate how much satisfaction we can derive from helping others."

Give a small amount ($10) online to an organization you've never given to before. You might be admiring a few organizations from afar but haven't yet pulled the trigger on making a financial gift. If none come immediately to mind, spend a few minutes doing some research online and then give.

For the record, I made my $10 gift to the Mile High Workshop in Denver, CO at the recommendation of Chris Horst--an organization with a mission "to create employment opportunities and provide job training for members of our community seeking to rebuild from addictions, homelessness, and incarceration."  

In this tremendous season of gift-giving, a year-end gift to a charity can help amazing organizations meet their budgets and invest in their futures. It's a great opportunity to get a light generosity workout for the day as well.

What are you waiting for?

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