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Mary Thomforde

5 Reasons Why Charitable Giving is Good for your Soul


Generally, when someone hears the words “philanthropy” and “giving back” names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mackenzie Scott, Robert Smith, and Ted Turner may appear in your head. But what is a philanthropist?  Merriam-Webster defines the term philanthropist as one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare: a person who practices philanthropy. This means that no matter what you previously may have had if you give to a cause, you are a philanthropist too. Philanthropists who give in smaller amounts more often are the ones who create the most significant collective impact. 

But doing good doesn’t just create positive social ripple effects. also is good for the individual who gives.


“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou


It may be obvious how nonprofits help the social collective. Volunteering at a shelter or donating to disaster relief, or giving to your alumni association helps your cause get the necessary funds and manpower that keeps them serving those in need. However, philanthropic giving is good for your mental and emotional well-being too.


Below are five reasons why giving to charity is good for you:


  1. Boosts your health

    Recent medical studies have shown certain health benefits are associated with giving. These include:

    • Decreases blood pressure
    • Lessens depression
    • Lowers stress levels

    The satisfaction that comes from giving also improves self-esteem.

  2. Lengthens your lifespan

    Giving doesn’t just increase your health. It also lengthens the years of your life. A 2002 study from the University of Michigan revealed that individuals who were 55 and older and who volunteered for two or more charities were 44% less likely to die over five years compared to those who didn’t volunteer.

  3. Makes you happy

    Have you ever noticed how good you feel after giving? This is directly tied to activating areas in your brain that are associated with pleasure, trust, and connection with others. Scientists call this a “warm glow.” Altruistic acts also stimulate the brain to release serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. The release of these endorphins is also known as the “helper’s high.”

  4. Endorses social connection

    Giving is reciprocal. There is a saying that when you give, you get back tenfold.  This comes from the philosophy that sociologists like Robb Willer have that by giving to others. We are more likely to receive goodwill in the future.

    The exchange of giving also promotes feelings of trust that increase the bonds we create with others and offers a sense of trust that comes from being part of a community. Giving makes people closer to us, and we begin to feel a closeness with them.

  5. Reduces your tax burden

    Giving to almost any 501 charity is tax deductible at the end of the year.  However, donations don’t always have to be cash. You can give away furniture, clothing, or even a used car and claim the value of that item on your taxes, which in turn lessens the amount of taxable income and can add up to a significant amount of savings.  For instance, if your annual salary is $85K and you donate $9K in donations and unwanted items to a charitable organization, your taxable salary has now dropped to $76K.

You don’t have to wait until big occasions like Giving Tuesday to expand your philanthropic footprint. You can begin today by setting up your Impact Account or setting up a monthly gift in your existing Impact Account to your favorite charity. And now you have five good reasons to do so!


About Philanthropi

Founded in Philadelphia in 2018, Philanthropi is revolutionary charitable giving by democratizing philanthropy through its giving-as-a-service platform. Allowing everyday donors to seamlessly support their favorite nonprofit organizations.



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