Drops, Ripples, Leverage, and Vibes
In her book Give a Little: How your small donations can transform our world, Wendy Smith reminds us that donations of dimes were the beginning of the end of polio, and today $5 can prevent malaria.
If you’ve ever made a donation and wondered if it really helped, read on for some reassurance that your gift—large or small—always matters.
Reason #1: Collective Power
The ocean is made of zillions of drops of water. Your gift of $10 combines with gifts of $10 from nine other people to make $100, and so on. Pretty soon the collective effect builds power and momentum to create impact.
The average gift to The Food Group from individuals is about $125, with most gifts ranging from $25-$200, and some much larger. Many of our donors contribute every month, adding up over time and enabling us to respond to community needs. Almost a third of the donations to The Food Group come from individuals. In 2017, that was about $800,000—a significant amount!
Reason #2: Ripple Effects
Your gift has a ripple effect that prevents longer term adversity. Consider a scenario where a family’s young daughter develops asthma. The costs for medications, transportation to doctor appointments, missed work hours—can mushroom.
Soon they are struggling to buy food and their nutrition suffers, worsening the health of everyone in the family. The daughter misses days of school, harming her educational progress. But by bridging the food gap with help from a local agency, with your support, the situation is more manageable. They are able to avoid a crisis that leads to job loss or even homelessness.
Reason #3: Leverage
A dollar donated to The Food Group, and any non-profit for that matter, is worth more than 100 cents. As non-profit organizations we can leverage every donation to increase its value. We have access to wholesalers, producers, and other sources where we can get more food for less. This system benefits our food shelf and meal program partners to help them stretch their resources too.
Reason #4: Giving is good for you!
Research proves it. Sharing what you have with others boosts your own feeling of well-being. Whether you are motivated by gratitude, compassion, or empathy, giving makes you feel better. And your positive attitude can help inspire others to give as well!
Your Gift Matters
So next time you wonder if it’s worth writing that check, opening your piggy bank, or donating online, remember that your participation does matter. It helps fill the ocean, creates a ripple effect, and goes farther than its face value. Giving creates positive vibes, and sets an example for those around you!
Thank you to all the generous friends of The Food Group for your collective impact on the work of fighting hunger and nourishing our community!
This post was written by Gay Gonnerman, Development Officer for Individual Giving. Questions? Contact Gay.