Are you trying to decide which charity you should give money to? Would you like to help someone in need, but just aren’t sure which nonprofit agency you should give to? Are you wondering how to select a charity to give to? These tips might help you.
Research the charity online.
One of the best things to do before selecting a charity is to review it online. Two helpful sites are www.charitynavigator.org and www.guidestar.org. If you want to choose a charity based on how they use their donations, these are the sites to check out. You can compare everything from fundraising expenses to their total revenue.
You can even review the salaries of the CEO’s. You might be careful when selecting a charity that has a CEO with a very high salary. Read “Charity CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Over $500,000 a Year” and “Salaries of Charity Executives: Jobs that Earn More than 400k a Year” for more insight.
Choose a charity that interests you.
It’s great to choose a charity that matches your interests. For example, if you want to help a person who is blind receive a guide dog, you might donate to Guide Dogs of America here. If you would like to help missionaries teach overseas, you might consider giving to Sunset International Bible Institute here. There are numerous options. You can donate to a charity that helps foster families, or to an organization that feeds the homeless. Choose a charity that you feel passionate about.
Local, small non-profit agencies are often needing the most help.
Often local charities are the ones needing the most help. National charities do need donations, of course, but they receive more publicity than smaller charities. If there is a homeless shelter or home for abused children in your area, they might be needing more help that a larger charity. Some local agencies are barely surviving financially. For some advice on where to donate to, you might call 211. Read this article for advice on calling 211. You might also call your local United Way.
Do not forget about charities that help overseas.
Charities that serve people in other countries are always needing help. While you do need to be careful (there are some scam charities out there) there are many legitimate charities that help overseas. One to consider is the Christian Relief Fund here.
You can also make non-monetary donations.
Most agencies are happy to accept non-monetary donations such as food, clothing, toys and more. Agencies that accept clothing and toys often sell them and then use the profit to help people in need. For advice on donating shoes and clothing, read “Where to Donate Kid’s Clothes and Shoes.” If you would like to donate food, read “Should I Donate Food to a Food Pantry or Food Bank?” You can even donate your wedding dress. Read “Where to Donate Your Wedding Dress” for advice.
These are just a few tips to consider when donating to a charity. It is important to take this decision seriously and be wise with which charity you select. Kudos to you for taking the time to consider giving to charity. You are helping the world, one donation at a time.