I loved this list and thought I would include it in my blog.
Occasions for Giving Tzedakah
(in addition to, or as one aspect of a regular pattern of giving) by Danny Siegel. (I tweaked it slightly.)
A. Concerning other People
- In honor of a birth, brit milah, baby naming, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
- In honor of a patriarch or matriarch who has reached a significant birthday: 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 90th or 100th up to 120th.
- To extend wishes for the recovery of someone who is sick.
- In memory of someone who has passed away.
- In honor of a conversion of a friend.
- In honor of major events in a person’s life: graduation, new job, etc.
B. Occasions in your own life
- Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
- Reaching a significant birthday.
- Upon recovery from an illness.
- In honor of your own graduation, new job, etc.
- Before candlelighting on Friday night.
- Before Jewish or non Jewish holidays, specifically to people and agencies that provide food for the poor on those holidays.
- At synagogue or church when you attend services.
- Upon arriving safely from a trip.
- Upon receiving a foundation grant or inheriting a sum of money or receiving any money as a gift.