It’s surprising that philanthropy as an industry has gotten by for so long without technology to improve its operations.

That’s changing, however. The cost of technology has dropped at the same time that philanthropic organizations have been discovering an acute need for it.

Of the more than 1.5 million charitable organizations in the U.S., it’s not a stretch to say that the vast majority of them are too small and underfunded to be able to afford technology support.

That also is changing — primarily because Salesforce has brought down the cost of powerful systems that improve workflow at charitable and donor organizations alike. Recent charitable giving statistics paint a bright picture.

Tax Considerations

So, Americans are a generous people, contributing both their money and their time to worthy causes. Just beneath the surface, though, there might be reason for concern. The 2017 Tax Act doubled the standard deduction, thereby eliminating most tax benefits for charitable donations — that is, eliminating the need for many people to bother with itemizing their taxes.

The standard deduction — which taxpayers can claim on their income tax returns without itemizing — went from $12,000 to $24,000 (for married couples filing joint income tax returns). Also, there’s no provision for deducting time donated through volunteering. That’s too bad, because donating time is one of the big ways individuals who don’t have trust funds can give.

It’s possible that charitable giving could become more of a wealthy person’s pursuit in the future. Still, individuals of lesser wealth, which is to say the vast majority of us, may be able to contribute in different ways.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

Contributing both it’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged-2 minutes later, Inc phone had been retrieved.