Tradebank Barter Clients Make Generous Donations

By Valerie Hale

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss

While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Mohammed Ali

No matter how you word it, we all know in our hearts that we need to help those less fortunate than ourselves. In tough economic times those in the business of helping others need our support more than ever. Sometimes our own hearts are limited by our pocket books. As a Tradebank client you are able to make tax deductible donations in Trade Dollars to organizations who also participate in Tradebank far beyond that which your pocket book may be able to afford.

The ministries of participating Tradebank clients range from churches to children, from animal welfare to those with addiction issues, to spiritual and rehabilitation programs for those incarcerated.  Businesses with not-for-profit status include Chambers of Commerce and thrift shops are also those who need your Trade Dollars to help others. All welcome your generous Trade Dollar donations.

Consider the follow from The Chronicle of Philanthropy written by Caroline Preston

Small businesses give generously to charity, with three-quarters of small-business owners in a recent survey saying they donate a percentage of their profits to nonprofit organizations.

On average, small companies contribute 6 percent of their profits to charity, according to the study, which was conducted by American Express.

The survey was based on interviews in August with more than 750 people who lead companies that have fewer than 100 employees.

Companies with the highest revenues were the least generous, with just 69 percent of companies that earn more than $1-million contributing a percentage of their profits to charity.

By contrast, 80 percent of businesses that earned between $250,000 and $1-million gave a share of profits to nonprofit groups, and 77 percent of companies that earned less than $250,000 gave to charity.

Female business owners tend to give more than men, with 6 percent of women in the survey saying they were inclined to donate more than 10 percent of their profits. Just 1 percent of men said they were inclined to do so.