Why should you give? Many of us already know giving feels good and it is good for our community. But if you’re on the fence about giving or don’t think giving is for you, I encourage you to read on. Today, I’m sharing five of the best kept secrets from our community’s most generous people. And it’s not what you’d expect.

It’s yours to give! You’ve worked hard, made some good or difficult choices in life and now you have a few dollars to show for it. You can stay in control of your giving by deciding what charity, community, or issue will benefit from your generosity. If it’s yours, it’s yours to decide and yours to give. Have fun with that decision. You’ve earned it.

Ralph Serpe is president and CEO of the Adams County Community Foundation. You can share your giving secrets with him by email or by calling 717-337-0060.

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