How Much Are We Willing to Give?

10/28/2007 07:12 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Whether we like it or not, with Halloween just around the corner, we will soon be into the official "holiday season."

(Please don't throw anything at me -- I'm just looking at the calendar!)

If they haven't already started, pleas for charitable contributions will soon be flooding our mailboxes, inboxes and voicemails, asking us to chip in our tax deductible giving before the end of the year.

Many of us give our money and time for so many good causes.

Aside from the solicitations from places like Dana Farber and Memorial Sloan Kettering, my E-mail inbox is flooded these days with pleas from the candidates -- OK, just the Democratic candidates.

If I somehow wind up on the GOP giving list, then I'm going to get worried.

The DSCC and the DNC and other groups try to hit me up, too. I did like this one that arrived last week just in time for some Halloween spookiness!

As women, we apparently tend to give less in political contributions than men. I'm not sure why, but if we want to have some real sway and political influence in this current campaign season, maybe it's time to ask ourselves if we're willing to give our money for the change we want to see in our government in the same way we open our wallets for breast cancer and all the other causes we think are worthy of giving up our hard-earned bucks.

Is it worth it to make contributions with the hope that the candidate or party we want to see have more influence will make things better for our families and children, maybe not today, but ten or twenty years down the road?

Whether we like it or not, our collective voices are not going to have any real impact in the political arena until we back it up with a little cold, hard cash.

So while it is the time of year when our budgetary thinking is more focused on Halloween candy, holiday gifts and tax deductible contributions, to break out of the political status quo, it's time to pony up.

I'm not really that happy about the prospect, but it's the reality.

And, hey, it only took me how many decades to figure that out?

You can also find Joanne at her personal blog, PunditMom.

Originally posted here.