Today, the Seattle Foundation is divvying up a pool of money, partially matching contributions of folks who make charitable contributions today. Nonprofits need the help, and it’s a good thing to encourage people to give. As a society, we have become more selfish and less aware of the importance of community action.
Many of the groups you can support help real individuals or help save species one animal at a time. They educate prisoners or feed teens on the street. Bringing kindness into the world is unquestionably a good thing.
While you’re giving to these groups, though, think also about those causes that the Seattle Foundation won’t match: those that lobby the government. We individuals have less say in our government than we ever have, so banding together to get our point across is the only way we can stand up for ourselves.
Think about organizations that are working to make the world more just and humane by making our government more accountable to us. Think about those groups asking questions about how we should treat each other and who we need to become. Think about groups that express your values, be they churches, activists, or advocacy organizations.
I’m glad #GiveBig is happening AND I think there is a danger that the match “doubling your impact” might make you think non-matchable groups are not as good a “deal”. Don’t be fooled: your money might do even more good with them.