“How do I know my contribution matters? Because the groups I support do a great job of showing me what they’ve done with my gift — and what difference it’s made. It also helps to remember that I’m not alone: I know that others are donating to the same causes, whether it’s keeping women safe from violence, supporting local agriculture or getting a documentary film made.
There’s something else: trust. I can’t possibly work on every issue I care about. So I have to find other people or organizations I trust to carry out that work — and then pay them to do it on my behalf.”