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Meaningful New Year’s resolutions for 2023

It happens every year – you make your New Year’s resolution, stick to it for a few days, and then, despite your best intentions, completely forget about it until next year. So, how about upgrading your New Year’s resolution this year? it’s time to choose a more meaningful goal to work towards!

This year, choose a goal that can help you and others and that you’ll enjoy – take a look at some of our favourite New Year’s resolution ideas for 2023.

What makes for a meaningful New Year’s resolution?

As the name suggests, meaningful New Year’s resolutions are those that are more helpful than your standard health and self-betterment New Year’s resolution ideas. These New Year’s resolutions not only improve you, but also the rest of the world.

A new charitable commitment such as fundraising, donating monthly throughout the year, or purchasing one of ChildFund’s Gifts for Good, is a fantastic New Year’s resolution idea. You can simultaneously work on your fitness and giving goals by signing up for a fundraising marathon or fitness challenge!

What are some meaningful New Year’s resolution ideas?

Here are a few of our top ideas for a meaningful New Year’s resolution in 2023:

1. Donate monthly to a charity that aligns with your values and ethics

What have you been into this past year? Maybe you’ve always loved cars, gaming, travelling, or spending time with friends. Perhaps you’ve even taken up a new hobby, like baking, running, or reading. Or are you more passionate about raising awareness of specific causes and events?

Whatever you care most about, there’s sure to be a charity that matches your own ethics and values. For example, here at ChildFund, we work in partnership with children, local organisations and communities to respond to humanitarian emergencies, make lasting change, and always promote children’s rights in alignment with Global Goals.

When you donate monthly, you can help provide a reliable source of income for a charity. This monthly donation means the charity can work on more significant projects, like building schools and helping more people, rather than just seeing what they can do every day.

This will be a meaningful New Year’s resolution that lasts all year.

2. Start a fundraiser – fundraise with Facebook

Now that the holiday season is nearly over, many people start planning and looking forward to the next big event in their lives. So, why not incorporate your celebrations into your New Year’s resolution?

Starting a fundraiser on Facebook can be a great way to get the buzz going around the event. You can remind your friends and family regularly by sharing or commenting on the fundraiser, and you can create a hashtag and start a group. Start your ChildFund fundraiser today!

3. Gifts for Good – switch out giving physical gifts

We’re all bored of socks, right? So, if you’re stumped for Christmas, Valentine’s day or birthday gift ideas next year – whether for yourself or someone else – why not give or request one of ChildFund’s Gifts for Good instead?

Our Gifts for Good range allows you to help provide things such as food for a month, a dairy goat, a handwashing station, a mosquito net or a dozen chickens to families and communities around the world. These presents truly are gifts that will keep giving for so many people.

4. Bequests and gifts in wills

It’s never too early to set up a gift in your will or bequest for a charity. When you know that you have a charity bequest or gift set up in your will, you can be confident that your money will go to a good cause, whatever happens in the future.

There are several ways that you can do this: a personal decision, a residual gift, a specific gift, or as an asset. A residual gift is the most effective option. This is where you set out a certain amount of your estate that you think is right, but you can still provide for your loved ones. You can also specify a specific amount. This amount will not grow or change unless you update your Will later.

You can leave an asset, too. An asset needs to be clearly described in your will. With your will being an important legal document, these options will require the help of an Estate Planner or Legal Practitioner. Alternatively, you can use an online will writing service like the Australian company, Willed.

There’s also the less complicated option of simply letting your family and friends know that you want to leave a gift for a children’s charity. Whatever option you choose, you’ll be making a big difference for years to come.

Updating your will as a meaningful New Year’s resolution is a fantastic New Year’s resolution to make, having a significant impact on the lives of those in need for years to come.

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