Who Should Get Your Donations?
Helping others doesn’t necessarily involve taking time out of your busy schedule and volunteering. Most charitable organizations are as desperate for monetary donations as they are for people to volunteer their time. However, you may have questions about donating your money, such as how the money is spent
and how much of it actually is put into helping people. There are many philanthropic organizations you can donate to and there are ways you can check on how their donations are spent.
How Do You Choose?
There are many organizations that need people to donate their money so they can continue to provide services to those who need them and it can be difficult to decide to whom you should donate your money. Most people donate to organizations that they are connected to in some way. For instance, if a disease has affected you or someone you know, you may wish to donate to charities trying to find a cure for that ailment. You may also want to donate to causes that you believe in or in which you have an interest. Opportunities to donate money are everywhere, including through your work place or when you see volunteers taking donations for their organization at a shopping centre. While it would be nice to donate money to all of the charities you come across, most of us don’t have enough money to give to every organization. It can be difficult to choose who gets your money, but if you are unsure to whom you should donate, you can find charities here, Charities Aid Foundation
, that need your money.
Tips for Choosing a Charity
Before you volunteer your time or decide which charities to donate to, consider what types of issues matter the most to you. If you are an animal lover, you may wish to donate to organizations that protect animals, such as the World Wildlife Fund,
or are directly involved in rescuing them. Many animal rescue groups not only need volunteers and money, but also they may need food for the dogs, cats or other animals they help. Consider where you want your money spent. Do you want it to stay with local charities or are there international groups that you wish to make donations to? Perhaps there are national charities that you wish to provide with goodwill donations. Your dollars may be best spent with a national charity if it is for medical research, for instance, but if you wish to help the homeless, you may want to give to a local charity. You will also want to make sure that the charities mission
aligns with your personal values. You may not want to give to a church that holds beliefs that you don’t agree with, for instance, even if they are doing good work for people. Part of choosing a charity to give money to is giving it to causes in which you believe.
How are Donations Used?
There are many good charities to donate to and most of them provide information on how their donations are spent. While there are administration costs that need to be covered for these charities, most organizations try to use charitable donations for their cause and not on office expenses. It may not always be possible to do so though, because many non-profit organizations rely solely on donations for funding. If you are concerned about how your donated money is used, you can look up information online on charities and find out where their donations are being spent. Most charities try to be transparent about where their money goes and produce reports showing how donations are used. It can be difficult to discern who is more worthy of getting your donations, especially if you are donating significant amounts of money. However, with a little research, you can determine how your donations will be spent, which can help you decide with which charities you wish to make donations.
How Much Should You Give?
The amount of your donation will depend on what you can afford, but if that isn’t an issue for you, it may depend on whom you are giving your money. If you are making a donation to a hospital or university, you may be recognized for your charitable giving if you are adding a wing to the facility and that can be a big ego boost. However, if you are not concerned with recognition, you can always make sure your donation is anonymous. Many churches suggest that 10 percent of your income should go to charity, a church specifically, while other organizations suggest that 5 percent may be a better target. While it is up to your comfort level, and income, on how much to give, you should stick with causes that you believe in and not diversify. You’re not investing in the charitable organizations you give money to, you are trying to fund causes in which you truly believe. You may find yourself inundated with requests for money if you do donate, but those requests may be because of the amount you’re giving. If you are a big donor, your charity will solicit you directly because they don’t want to lose you as a donor. However, if you are giving small donations, they may sell your information to a clearinghouse for charities and you will find more requests for your money. Consider the causes you believe in before writing a cheque and then do some research to find the best charities to donate to. While it may not seem worth the effort for a few dollars, if you are donating significant amounts of money, you will probably want to know where and how you’re money is spent. Most of us want our money to go where it will be spent on the cause. If you have a passion for helping people in need or those who are looking to change their lives and need a hand up not a hand out, then consider donating to Sheltered by Grace.
We are not government funded, and the money to fund the ongoing support of our clients in need of transformation comes directly from a portion of our client’s Centrelink
benefits and from donations.