Financial Freedom: Managing anxiety with  charitable giving

How are you holding up? If you are like many Americans, you are probably feeling some level of anxiety regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. And that is okay. We are living in a time when feeling helpless is understandable. Ultimately, what matters is how we choose to respond.

One of the ways I try to mitigate anxiety is by helping others. Since so many of us are sheltering in place right now, I want to share an alternative to volunteering that can still impact our community. Giving financial support to those in difficult situations can make a huge difference during a time of national crisis.

So, with so much need, where should you start? Local charities in our communities are struggling right now. Give them a call and see how you can help or how you can donate. Numerous online resources can also help guide your giving. For example, provides an overview on various philanthropic organizations, rates them and makes it simple to donate to your chosen charity.

For us at Financial Freedom Wealth Management Group, we like to give back to the communities we serve. Some of these include the Food Share of Lincoln County, Pacific Communities Health District Foundation, Samaritan House, Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Food for Lane County and more.

Many organizations could use your support. Keep in mind, the Internal Revenue Service has specific rules and guidelines for charitable contributions. Please consult your tax professional for guidance on your personal situation.

Jim Rohn said, “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

Julia Carlson is a registered principal with, and securities and advisory services are offered through, LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC.

This material is for general information only and not intended as investment, tax or legal advice. Please consult the appropriate professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation prior to making any financial decision.

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