Greetings F.Andersson and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
The practice of dana should be done with the spirit of selflessness. While I applaud your desire to help others, I suggest that you think a bit more deeply about how best you can help. Perhaps it is making a monthly pledge to donate a fraction of your income or perhaps you can serve others by getting involved in the charity of your choice. What many charities need is money and volunteers who are willing to do the hard, often thankless work, of helping to deliver services to their clients.
Public displays of one's affiliation as a Buddhist or how compassionate one is often leaves me wondering what the person's real intentions are - especially when money is involved.
For an example of what one person can achieve I suggest you click onto the Compassionate Hands Foundation link in my signature. If you are interested in supporting any charity, Compassionate Hands Foundation is a very worthy beneficiary - as is Buddhist Global Relief and the Samaritans.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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