If you give to your local church how do you give (monetarily)? My Church for the longest time only had the collection plate and private donations, but 2 years ago they introduced a direct withdrawal program that would deduct an agreed upon amount every month, so you wouldn’t have to remember to bring your “envelope”, or if you missed Church for a week, you could continue giving.
At first I thought the idea was very crass, and I didn’t like it, but now after looking at how far behind I am in my givings for this year, maybe it’s not that bad an idea. My only issue with it now is that they only take the money once a month, and I like “hand massaging” my bills (i.e. figuring out which pay cheque which bill gets paid on), and I like the weekly payments to my church, because it spreads things out nicely. I may sign up for the monthly payments yet, but not just yet.
I have donated my time, which makes me feel good (but again, I am a little behind on that too). Remember if you want to give to your charity, money may not be the only thing that you can give.