Dear Rabbi Simon
I have a ma’aser question if you don’t mind please. If one makes a donation to a charity on the occasion of a simcha or birthday and to mark this the charity sends out a certificate to the person in whose honour the donation has been made, can this donation still be counted towards ma’aser money, even though there is a benefit as a result?
Many thanks in advance.
TY for your question. The certificate or acknowledgement which the charity sends is part of their overhead and even marketing strategy, as the recipient/honouree may become a donor of theirs in the future as well. So although, yes, you do benefit from the notice which is sent to your friend or family member, you do not need to exclude the (intangible) value of this from your ma’aser deduction.
In the merit of your careful attention to the mitzvah of tzedakah, may you enjoy the fulfilment of your fondest aspirations.
Rabbi Rashi Simon