We considered ourselves very fortunate to be in such a financial situation. Mrs. H decided to pursue a Master's Degree and we would pay for it with cash since we were both working.
We felt very fortunate for our opportunities and decided that we should give back. We made a $530 charitable donation to an organization that we felt would make good use of our money. Interestingly enough, two weeks after making the donation, we received a letter in the mail. The letter stated that Mrs. H would be awarded a scholarship for her Master's Degree for exactly $530! Good Karma at its finest. We didn't need the scholarship, but it was a great reminder that small miracles will happen to those who strive to help others.
We continually look for charitable ways -- both financial and non-financial -- to better serve our community and society. Charitable giving makes a difference. Even if you don't have a dollar or two minutes to spare, you can give something else. A smile or a kind word of appreciation can go a long ways. These gifts cost nothing and take virtually no time! Charitable giving does not require an expenditure. Some of the most memorable gifts are the ones that are perfectly sincere. Every situation is different. Everyone is unique. I am confident you can find the perfect way to build others. In doing so, you will be built up too.
Interesting letter from Bill and Melinda Gates to Warren Buffet
Letter describes how charitable giving provides amazing benefits to both parties.