For those of us who have enough income to more than meet our needs, Thanksgiving is a great time to consider whether we are using our money not just in the ways that will be good for ourselves, but also in ways that will be good for the world, or for our community, or for others. Some people like to think of themselves as stewards: people who have temporary custody of resources with the goal of using them for the greater good over the long term.
If you seek to be a good steward with the resources you manage, you might do it in several ways:
- You might work to conserve the earth’s resources by choosing reusable products more often than disposable products;
- You might choose to shop at local merchants even at times when a product might be cheaper elsewhere, in order to keep your community vital;
- You might support causes you believe in by volunteering and/or giving money to organizations that focus on those causes;
- You might share with those who do not have enough, by giving money to charitable organizations locally or worldwide.
This time of year many charities and non-profit groups seek donations. If you are considering making donations, be sure the group is a good steward of the resources they receive. You can check out most national groups at www.give.org or www.charitynavigator.org. Note: smaller local organizations may not be listed. This does not mean that they are untrustworthy; it simply means that you will need to consult with local sources to find out if they use their resources effectively.