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According to a study conducted by Harbaugh, Mayr, and Burghart (2007) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) evidence shows that giving money to charity leads to similar brain activity in regions implicated in the experience of pleasure and reward. According to the researchers, neural activity was recorded while participants decided how to split a one-hundred dollar sum between themselves and a local food bank. Results showed that donations of the original one-hundred dollar sum to the food bank led to activation in the ventral striatum, a brain region associated with representing the value of a range of rewarding stimuli, from cocaine to art to attractive faces (Aharon et al., 2001; Vartanian & Goel, 2004; see Elliott, Friston, & Dolan, 2000). The results from the above research suggests that giving (in the form of charitable donations) is inherently rewarding.



The above study was sited in Harvard Business School, “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior". The study investigates and analyzes the ways in which charitable behavior can lead to benefits for the giver. You may read more about the results on the following link:



There are many local and international organisations that do great work. Below we have listed a few from Australia:


The Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) has been providing outstanding care for Victoria's children and their families for over 140 years!




Mission Australia

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

Northern Health

Northern Health is one of Victoria’s busiest public health services. Their emergency department alone treats almost 70,000 patients each year!



Lentara Uniting Care

Lentara is part of the UnitingCare network, one of the largest providers of community services in Australia. UnitingCare provides services to older Australians, children, young people and families, Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities!



Melbourne City Mission

Every day, Melbourne City Mission works with some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Every week, they help thousands of people escape and avoid disadvantage, economic exclusion and social isolation.












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