The 4th day of Christ­mas

SQUIR­REL AWAY

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - DANISH ROYALS -

Many years ago, mother of three Sarah Davies was pon­der­ing how she and her fam­ily could give back in a way that would have a last­ing im­pact. They de­cided to open a char­ity do­na­tion ac­count. Ev­ery year, around Christ­mas, each fam­ily mem­ber adds up the amount of money they would spend on gifts and puts half of it into the ac­count. The money is in­vested and now, 10 years on, the fam­ily has a sub-fund which they can use to make grants to causes and char­i­ties they are pas­sion­ate about. Once a year, they sit down to­gether and dis­cuss what they want do to with the money. “It’s a bit like a phil­an­thropic sav­ings ac­count,” says Sarah, who is now the CEO of Phi­lan­thropy Aus­tralia. “You ac­tu­ally not only change your life but change other peo­ple’s lives sig­nif­i­cantly.” Find a cause or a char­ity that is dear to you then set up an ac­count and make reg­u­lar de­posits that can be do­nated. Even a small amount each week can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. For a list of regis­tered char­i­ties in New Zealand visit char­i­ties.govt.nz

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