Should You Have a Money Rule to Give to Charity?

7 Money Rules for Life by Mary Hunt

Do you give money to charity? You’re not alone. In fact, the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University found that 88% of all American households give to charity. And, the average annual gift to charity is over $2,200 per family. We are a nation of givers.

Giving is an important step in our own personal finance journey. There is a reason why Dave Ramsey includes it in his last baby step of his popular book, The Total Money Makeover. Author Mary Hunt also lists giving as a money rule. It is one of seven in her book, 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future.

Should You Have A Money Rule To Give To Charity?

In this episode of the Money Q&A podcast, “Your Money: Your Choices”, I interview Mary Hunt about her book, 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future, and I specifically talk to her about the importance of giving.

We talk about how giving can increase your own financial position. I specifically asked Mary about giving while we’re going to church. I wanted to know if we were talking about more than simple tithing. Or, are we talking about other forms of giving?

“I’m talking the big picture. I’m talking about generosity… of having a generous spirit, of being generous with others but cheap with myself,” said Mary. “I think that gratitude, that whole expression of, ‘You know what, when it’s all said and done, I may not have it all, but I have enough.’ And, the way that we can live that out and help to quiet those insatiable desires. You know, the pull of the culture is so strong…”

Mary Hunt and I discussed all facets of giving and how it adds to our own financial wellbeing. How does giving increase our own financial wealth? How much should we give? How should giving be incorporated into our financial plans and goals? 

These are all questions that I tackle with Mary Hunt on this episode of “Your Money Your Choices”, the Money Q&A podcast. Of course, there were a lot of other money rule questions about giving that I asked. Be sure to check out the episode.

Who Do You Trust To Talk To About Your Finances?

Additionally on this episode of the podcast, I talk with Eric Jones, senior managing director, advisory solutions at TIAA-CREF about the company’s Second Annual TIAA-CREF Financial Advice Survey which revealed very interesting data about who you trust to receive financial advise from. It is not always your financial advisor. You won’t want to miss this great discussion.

Some Interesting Findings From 2nd Annual TIAA-CREF Financial Advice Survey

  • 48% of Americans say it is hard to know who to trust for financial advice
  • 37% of Americans say they don’t like talking to anyone about their finances
  • 46% say they need a trusted place for financial advice now more than ever
  • Over 40% of Americans think that they can’t afford good financial advice
  • Over 33% say they don’t have the time to get the proper financial advice

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  • Episode #10 (7-15-13) – Interview With Gary Vaynerchuk & Getting Through Burning Out
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6 thoughts on “Should You Have a Money Rule to Give to Charity?”

  1. We give directly to education, our son’s school and our alma maters, as well as the local food bank. I just couldn’t be happy knowing there are hungry people in my area if I didn’t do something about it. And education is one of the keys to prosperity. We also give a lot to UNICEF. My wife and I don’t expect anything in return other than the hope that we are making the world a better place for someone.

  2. I give a lot to organizations I am close to. The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. I also give to many of the local education institutions like the University and different library groups. I think donating makes me feel like I am doing something with my life and my wealth. I don’t need as much if I can give to others. It really does help a lot.

  3. I don’t like to have a set percentage to give each month since my main focus is MY family. If giving to charity this month means I won’t be able to pay for something important for us or feed my child, I’ll chose our needs before everything else.

    This doesn’t mean I’m a meany who doesn’t give to charities, it means I do it when I feel like it (and have some extra cash), not because of a rule. I also help directly the ones involved or small local charities (where I can clearly see what’s being done with my money) instead of big charity trusts. If I help, I’d like to know I’m not buying someone a new Mercedes, but that my help goes directly to those in need.

  4. We set aside a percentage of all our income to give to charity. It’s always organizations we have a connection to, either support groups, alma maters, etc. as a way to help the organizations help others in the ways they have helped us in the past.

    Of course, being married we compromise on how much we give and to whom, but as long as we’re giving back, we’re both happy.


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