This week's tip: Donate Money to Charity!Let's start with the problem. It is a well known fact that there are many poor people in the world. In fact, around 1 billion people in the world live off less than $1.25 a day (this figure is presented in terms of what $1.25 can buy you in the USA and not the respective countries where the people live). Have you ever tried living off so little in the USA? It's practically impossible when factoring in the costs of transportation, food, utilities, rent/mortgage etc. That being said, many people feel as if the United States government gives a lot of money to poor countries and ultimately, these poor people. Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the majority of the other industrialized countries, this is not exactly the case. In fact, Peter Singer, a bioethicist at Princeton University points out in his book Saving a Child that:
“In 2006, the United States fell behind Portugal and Italy, leaving Greece as the only industrialized country to give a smaller percentage of its national income in foreign aid. The average nation’s effort in that year came to 46 cents of every $100 of gross national income, while the United States gave only 18 cents of every $100 earned[…] Adding U.S NGO aid, of 7 cents per $100 earned, to U.S. government aid leaves America’s total aid contribution at no more than 25 cents of every $100 earned, still near the bottom of the international aid league”.Clearly, we as a population have some work to do and I'm here to tell you how you can help alleviate poverty without breaking the bank.