It is a truly wonderful feeling to be able to give to those less fortunate, especially since the need for charitable donations seems to grow every day. Yet while the abundance of charitable foundations and organizations speaks of that need, it can be difficult to discern to which charity or charities you want to devote your money or time. You want to ensure that what you give is going to have real impact on a cause that you truly espouse, and that’s no small thing to consider. Here is some advice for making that first step.
Do Your Research
If you really have no idea where to start, try a website like CharityWatch.org, which charges an annual fee and gives you access to an enormous database of charitable organizations, all of which can be searched either by name or by cause (for example, “animals” or “homelessness”), and which are ranked, based on how much of its received donations go toward funding programs – as opposed to employee salaries.
You should also be careful not to jump at the first charity that you come across, especially if you have been contacted via cold call. Some organizations, like the American Red Cross, are instantly recognizable and valid, but something you’ve never heard of could, in fact, be a scam. Best to delve a little deeper and check to make sure it is a reputable organization.
Make it Personal
It will be most rewarding for you to give if the cause you’re supporting is near and dear to your own heart and experiences. That can mean making blood donations along with monetary gestures because a loved one or friend was saved by a blood transfusion, or you could donate boat to charity if you’re an avid sailor. There are many unique and personal ways to help others