How To Select A Charity

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They’re All Competing For Your Cash

Charity begins at home (so my Grannie used to tell me . . . usually when I was asking her to commit a few bucks to my next sponsored walk / sponsored silence / sponsored singathon . . . though she always coughed up eventually). Anyway, these days it seems like the whole world is after your cash, but make no mistake, charities are finding it increasingly tough these days. Times are hard, and when families are all having to tighten their belts just to pay their utilities and put food on the table then something has got to give, and unsurprisingly “giving” to charities is often one of the first casualties.

Choosing a Charity

Fortunately though, deep down we’re a pretty generous bunch, and there’s a lot of truth in the old “more pleasure in giving than receiving” routine, so many of us are inspired to give to charities at some point in our lives, either as a one off donation or as a regular monthly gift. So what’s the best way to choose a charity?

Charities which are close to your heart. Many people make charitable donations to charities which have been instrumental in the lives of their loved ones. If you have lost a loved one to heart disease, for example, who was nonetheless cared for to the bitter end by some heart charity, then no doubt they’ll be the thankful recipient of your future charitable donations and who knows, major medical breakthroughs may be just around the corner and your donations can help to fund the research to find new treatments. What other ways are there to choose a worthy charity for your donation?

    • What’s important to you? Are you worried about the environment? Do you want to help children? Do you have a soft spot for animals? Are you interested in the arts? Choose a charity which works in a particular area of your interest.
    • Who are you gonna’ help? Are you a big believer in the old “charity begins at home” routine and want to help a charity local to your community, or do you want to help people from the other side of the world who you perceive to have less opportunities and chances than the people in your country?
    • Do you want to donate to a large organization, or to something smaller? There’s the “big fish in a small pool” or “small fish in a big pool” type scenario. A charitable donation to a large organization can help to support a large project and make a big impact on the world of medicine, for example, but a charitable donation to a smaller organization might make a bigger impact for the individual charity and the work which they can achieve.
    • Know your charity. There has been quite a lot of negative press for charities over the years, with some reports stating that only a small proportion of the charitable donations actually go towards helping the “good cause”, and the rest being tied up in administration fees and fancy cars for the charity workers. If you are concerned whether a large proportion of your donation will actually go towards helping who or what you want to help, then check out your shortlist of charities on the internet to find out about how the business side of things is being run.



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