It's the first day after the holiday weekend. There are turkey sandwiches on the middle shelf in your fridge. (Or leftover vegan stuffing with cranberries. Depends on the fridge.) You're just getting back to school/home/the office. Many of you, even as of this morning's coffee, still have one foot in a Thanksgiving Day carbohydrate-coma.
With that in mind, we're starting the week off gently: with a question.
Thanksgiving Day kicks the "giving season" into high gear as the winter holidays plow toward January 1. It's a shift that raises many questions in the charity world, all involving the word "give." What charities will you give to? How much will you give? Can you even give this year?
Add our question to the list, with a spin: What keeps you from giving?
What are the circumstances that have kept you from giving to charity in the past? What obstacles could keep you from giving this year? What kind of charities do you give your money/time to and which ones do you avoid? Why?
We're asking genuinely and need candid answers. You can post in the comments section of this blog or Tweet at us at @Modestneeds.com throughout the holiday season. We'll be featuring some answers on the Modest Needs Blog and on the Modest Needs Foundation Facebook page--responders looking to remain anonymous can send an email to Kimberly.Kaye@ModestNeeds.org; all personal informaton will be withheld.
Your answers will not only be appreciated, but also help shape our relationship with donors and applicants in the future, so please--be honest. We ask that you share this post or question with anyone who might weigh in.
We hope your Thanksgivings were as delicious and stress-free as any holiday can be.
Cheers and welcome back.