How do you make such an important decision?
If you are reading this then you have asked yourself this question before and it’s an important one to ask. Let’s see if we can clear away the smoke from this inquiry so you can get a clear picture of how to choose Which Charity to Donate To. There are many charities to choose from; some good, some not so good. Some big, some small and some old, some new. Here is a list of questions for you to ask yourself so you can narrow down the choices.
Six questions to ask yourself:
1. What are you passionate about?
According to the NCCS (National Center for Charitable Statistics)there are currently over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States; choosing one to donate to can be an overwhelming task.
The best way to start is by looking at what you value, is it education,hunger, youth and children? Do you want to work locally, national or internationally?Once you decide, you can start narrowing down your list.
This can still be a long list to choose from, so take your time when deciding and choose the one that you think you could get behind. Then choose one more that you feel would be a good fit for you.
2. How does the charity organization address those causes?
Perhaps you’ve decided to donate to a charity related to breast cancer, you should then research the mission and vision statements to see if their values are in line with yours. One may focus on the treatmentof cancer, while other looks at preventing cancer, or maybe they both do similar things.
3. How can you get involved financially and/or volunteering?
Donating to a charity organization doesn’t necessarily mean donating money. You can give your time, expertise, connections, and more. This will require a little research and some phone time, but will be worth in helping with your decision
4. How will the charity organization use your donation?
Some large nonprofits only provide 25% of your donation to the actual charity itself, after administration expenses are deducted. While some small nonprofits give up to 80% to the charity.
While you should be cautious of large overhead expenses, don’t let them kill the deal. A better gauge would be to examine what they’re able to accomplish with the resources they have to work with.
5. What has the charity organization accomplished in the past?
It seems like everything needed to help you make your decision has been accomplished, but there are still a few things to look into:
- How have they made an impact on their causes over the last few years?
- Have they completed what they have set out to do?
- Are there still goals and campaigns to be completed?
- Has there been consistent growth in the organization?
These questions will give you a good picture of their leadership and sustainability when times get tough as they often do. You want to join an organization that pushes through, not quit at the first speed bump they hit.
6. What are the future goals of the charity organization?
This can actually be a fun part of the research as you get a glimpse into their passion and purpose. You want to work with a charity organization that can’t wait for the next project, campaign or, for lack of a better word, adventure.
You should look at your quest to know Which Charity To Donate To as a privilege. If you are able to contribute to the betterment of others, then you are in the top 5% of the world’s population. Give good thought to your choices in charity donations, but don’t limit yourself in being a true giver. What I mean by that is. There will be certain situational needs that hit from time to time.
Here are a few situations that may move you to action in addition to your normal donations:
- Natural disaster
- Earth Quakes
- Church fundraiser
- Cancer run
- Feeding the homeless
- Coaching a little league team
- Volunteering at the youth center
The list could go on, but the theme is to always have a soft heart and some spare change in your pocket for times when a special need finds its way into your path. The fact that you have a passion to give puts you in an elite group of people that understand the principle that “to give is better than to receive”
If you look back on your life, even if you are young, you will remember with joy the times you blessed someone in some way. It’s an amazing fact that all of us remember when we gave rather than we received
From Acts 20:35 it says:
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Here at Ambassador Ministries, we are blessed to be part of such an awesome work of charity and support around the world. We see what we are called to do as truly a gift from God.