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Barbara Walters just pledged $250,000 for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief, George Stephanopolis promised $50,000. These public contributions are inspiring and motivating. And it’s great to give during times of disaster. I will contribute today to the red cross as well. But, don’t forget about others during the rest of the year.

abc day of giving red cross


Don’t let disasters be the only time you give.

Get Inspired by Hurricane Sandy to Give

I hesitate to write about charity at the risk of sounding “preachy.” Which is kind of silly, since this entire website is devoted to motivating others to improve their lives through financial and personal wealth building.


I don’t know if giving leads to financial wealth or not. Although some folks say they’ve experienced abundance and a wealthy life when giving to others. I know the personal rewards of sharing one’s good fortune with others. Life is more than dollars and cents. In fact, consider your most wonderful memories and attach a dollar value to them; the birth of a child, the relationship with your spouse, the fun of playing with a dog, a walk through the snow, or an evening of trick or treating. Every one of those events is free!!!

A natural disasters can focus your priorities on what is important. Now is a good time to evaluate.

Financial wealth building is important, but so is giving to others, family relationships, and friends.

Give to others for your own benefit and the benefit of the global community. I recommend Charity Navigator to help wade through the mass of pleas for assistance. I automate my giving through their site as well.

What are your personal beliefs towards giving and charity? Does a natural disaster move you to action?

image credit; ABC day of giving



  1. Thanks Barbara for a reminder that life is more than dollars and cents. I like giving people opportunities because often what people truly need is opportunity and they will come on their own.

    Rohit @ The Money Mail

    November 5, 2012

  2. @Rohit and Brick, It’s so important to keep “life” in perspective!!! thanks for weighing in.


    November 5, 2012

  3. I give when I can and not just when natural disaster hit. We as a family make sure we stress how fortunate we are compared to others.

    Thomas S. Moore

    November 5, 2012

  4. I give every year no matter what. This year I started donating my time. I find this more rewarding than just donating money. I plan on volunteering more as I get older.


    November 5, 2012

  5. Thomas and Krantcents- It is so easy to forget and take for granted all that we have. I like the idea of discussing giving as a family. Krantc, I try to take and create opportunities to give my time and money.

    Barbara Friedberg

    November 5, 2012

  6. I used to think that rich people gave because they had time and resources. Then I realized that people are wealthy partly because they give more…for many, many reasons.


    November 5, 2012

  7. It’s important to give all the way up the wealth ladder. It helps build character and ensure when you’re rich that you’re also not stingy.

    Brent Pittman

    November 5, 2012

  8. Completely agree. Life is so much more than money and possessions. I think that we all, to the ability that we can, should be giving something to charities that mean something to us.

    John S @ Frugal Rules

    November 6, 2012

  9. @Joe, There’s a lot of discussion about the givers being wealthier. I don’t know if it’s wealthier financially or wealthier and more fulfilled.
    @Brent-Stingy is bad. Giving certainly kicks the stingy out of you.
    @John-So true. Find the causes that you believe in and share your good fortune and hard work with them.


    November 6, 2012

  10. A life without practicing generosity is a life not lived to the fullest. The rewards are great for giver and receiver.


    November 6, 2012

  11. @Squirrelers, WEll put. I believe in giving even if you don’t feel like it!! Build good karma 🙂


    November 6, 2012

  12. I believe that wealth is not only measured with the cash you have in your pocket or the money you have on your bank account. I remember my mom once said, “If you want to succeed in life, walk the extra mile. Do the extra service. Serve with extra touch and great wealth is not far away.”

  13. I find it very important to always give to those who are in need. It is better to be on the giving end rather than to be on the receiving end. When a natural disaster strikes, I always make sure that I do my best to help out those who are affected.

    Dominique Brown

    November 7, 2012

  14. @Cherleen, That is a beautiful quote. Thanks for sharing.
    @Dominique-So true that it’s preferable to be on the giving end…. Although we all will experience both ends at one point or another.


    November 7, 2012

  15. I give a part of my income every month, no matter what. I think we shouldn’t need reasons to give money for the benefits of others.


    November 8, 2012

  16. @Parvinder, That’s a wonderful habit. Monthly giving reminds us that we are part of a global community.


    November 8, 2012

  17. I am big into charity and always try to give back. To me it is part of my duty as a fellow human. Let’s help each other any way we can.

  18. Does it seem like people tend to contribute more when there’s a disaster? I understand it’s not always easy to give money. But I have noticed when Red Cross promotes themselves after a disaster has striked, they can rain in more donations. I’m not against this. Sometimes, it’s the way to go.

    Ornella @ Moneylicious

    November 8, 2012

  19. I tend to donate when there’s a natural disaster. But you’re right, the rest of the year is as good a time as any.

    Little House

    November 9, 2012

  20. @Miss T, Ornella, and Little House, It seems as though we feel the urgency to give more during times of disaster. I agree that during the other times it’s important to remember those in need. After all, just because it’s not front page news, does not mean there are not those in need of our help.


    November 12, 2012

  21. Thanks for sharing this Barbara. I believe in what you say. Giving isn’t just beneficial to those who receive them but somehow it makes you feel real happiness inside too.

    Don @ CuraDebt

    August 8, 2016

    • Dear Don, It’s so true. Living with a generous mindset increases your wealth in life. Thanks for writing.

      Barbara Friedberg

      August 9, 2016


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