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Erin Lowry

Can I Afford to Be Generous During a Pandemic?

Yes, you can support causes and communities you care about without falling into a personal financial crisis.

How can I help?

How can I help?

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Someone recently asked me if, rather than saving her tax refund and stimulus check, she should spend them in order to help boost the economy.Another person asked how to balance supporting others with growing personal savings and paying off debt.

Both are questions many Americans are grappling with. Between a desire to support one’s community during the pandemic and wanting to contribute to organizations fighting racism and systemic oppression, there are a lot of demands for our time, attention and money.