Is charitable giving good?
A Cycle of Dependency
Where Everyone Works
We believe that the best type of charity is the kind that elevates the abilities of an individual and helps them to discover the power of their own contribution. This is the type of charity where everyone works! Work is not just about money and survival. It is about cultivation, creation, and the human experience. Going all the way back to the Garden of Eden humanity was tasked with stewarding over God's creation and discovering the potentials that exists within it. As image bearers, every single person has something to bring to the table. This is God's design, and we get the privilege of joining Him in creating meaning and purpose in our own lives and the lives of those around us through the use of our unique gifts. We get to toil and make realities of possibilities, turn raw material into potential, and build community and culture around what we cultivate.
Charity Worth Giving
God gave every single person the gifts, talents and skills that when utilized build up families, communities, and cultures. The best type of charity is the type that removes barriers between people. It lowers the walls and encourages individuals to participate in, and in many cases, lead the charge in their own empowerment. This is what we are doing here at TK Collective. We are using charitable giving to support women and their communities in the establishment of meaningful work. This model centers the voice of the beneficiaries and makes giving work for them.
Things To Consider
That is not to say that all charity has to be done this way to be valuable, there are so many amazing organizations out there doing good work. It does mean, that at minimum, you need to ask some really difficult questions about your intentions and the intentions of the organization you are wanting to invest in. Below are a few questions to ask yourself as you are considering partnering with a charity.
- What is your motivation to give?
- Does the charity align with your values?
- Is the charity addressing a need not otherwise addressed?
- Is there organizational transparency and accountability?
- Is the charity perpetuating a wealth gap? Are they operating using the "Haves" and the "Have-nots model?
- Is the organizations approach holistic? Are they not only meeting their beneficiaries needs but helping them find their voice and giving them tools to no longer need services?
- Is the organization centering the voices of its beneficiaries?
While not all giving is created equal, it is an important aspect of human flourishing, and we encourage it. In doing so, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the exploitative systems so often tied up in donor dollars. Which is the reason for this article. We want to help you feel comfortable and confident in giving for maximum impact. Aside from education, one of the ways that we do this is by evaluating and reporting our impact year by year. We are currently preparing last year's report and will be sending it out to our donors. If you are interested in seeing it, and not yet a donor, we would love to send it to you-just shoot us an email.