37 Giving Quotes That Will Re-Energize Your Nonprofit Community

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Meredith Kavanagh

“Doing good feels good, study finds.”

This headline oversimplifies, yet successfully teases, a series of studies which found that neurons in the portion of the brain associated with a sense of satisfaction start firing when a person chooses to donate money. These results are a fascinating reminder of the intrinsic motivations shared by so many as they seek to make the world a better place.

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To help remind your team and your community of supporters why it is you do what you do, we scoured the web for favorite giving quotes sure to strike a chord. From Aesop to Mohammad Ali to Anne Frank, there is an endless supply of inspiring giving quotes that tap into the sentiments that encourage people to devote their lives to helping others.

Read the following quotes about giving to remember why you do what you do and reflect on all of the wise and generous people who embodied the spirit of giving before you.

Giving Quotes to Inspire Your Community

booker t washington giving quote

What virtue is there in a man who demonstrates goodness because he has been bred to it? It is his habit from youth. But a man who has known unkindness and want, for him to be kind and charitable to those who have been the cause of his misfortunes, that is a virtuous man.

Deanna Raybourn
Silent on the Moor

Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

Roy T. Bennett
The Light in the Heart

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

Mohammed Ali

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.

Mother Teresa

Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.

Brian Tracy

It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.

Joan Marques

Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

Mother Teresa

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

President Barack Obama

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Wealth isn’t always measured in dollar signs. We each have time, talent and creativity, all of which can be powerful forces for positive change. Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed.

Jon M. Huntsman
Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children But May Have Forgotten

It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.

Albert Einstein

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.

Ben Carson

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.

Chinua Achebe
Anthills of the Savannah

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?

Dan Pearce
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The most precious thing I have to give is my time.

Silvia Hartmann

Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.

Steve Goodier

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

Charles Dickens

“There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.”

President George H. W. Bush

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.

Mike McIntyre
The Kindness of Strangers

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same—with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.

Mother Teresa

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.

Jeff Warner

Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries—not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized.

Albert Einstein
The World as I See It

There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.

Bernard Meltzer


Which of these giving quotes is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments below.

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