It seems like there is always someone asking you to donate to a charity to help with disaster relief, the homeless, or to help save animals. While most people want to donate to charities, knowing which ones actually use the money for what they claim can be difficult to determine. If you want to donate money to help people or animals, here are five tips for finding a good charity.
Figure Out Your Cause
When you’re considering donations to charities, decide on the type of charity to which you wish to give your money and/or time. If you are an animal lover, then perhaps you should consider donating to and volunteering at a local animal shelter. If you love children, there are several national and international aid charities that help children who are in need of food, clothing, and an education.
Before you give money or donate time to a charity, you should research it carefully to make sure they are spending their money on their mission and not to line a CEO’s pockets. There are several websites on which you can search charities to find out how much of their donations goes to their cause. The information should give you the name of the charity, who runs it, and what percentage of their donations go to their mission.
Don’t Be Influenced by Celebrities
Most large charities have celebrities help raise money for them, but you shouldn’t let that influence which charity you give to. Even though they may have a top celebrity endorsing their cause, it doesn’t prove that a charity is legitimate or uses its donations for its missions. While celebrities can bring attention to charities, you still need to research them to find out how their donations are spent and how much they pay the administrator of a charity organisation.
Avoid Hard Sells
If a charity pushes you to donate to their cause and refuses to take no for an answer, you should avoid giving that charity money and your time. If someone is trying to get donations refuses to give you information about the organisation, that is a red flag and you shouldn’t be swayed into giving them money. In addition, a reputable charity should be able to give you a flyer or brochure about their organisation, or direct you to their website where you can get more information about what they do.
Consider Time Donation
If money is short, but you still want to give to a charity, consider donating your time. Many organisations, especially those who work with families or children, often need volunteers to help at events, send out literature, or do work in their offices. A donation of time can be more useful to some charities than a monetary gift.
If you do careful research, you can find reputable charities in most categories. Consider what your priorities are for giving to charities, and then go online to research charities in your local area.