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Choosing the Right Charity


Generous people have a dilemma. With so many worthy charities working to make the world a better place, how do you decide which one to support? And with recent media coverage of charities that spend more on administration than on the projects they run, how can you avoid ineffectual or unscrupulous charities? Rather than reacting to canvassers who come to your door, emails that ask for funds, or direct mail appeals that arrive in your mailbox, why not approach giving in a proactive way? Make sure that your donation is doing the maximum amount of good for the causes you want to support.


Charity Checklist


There are six basic types of charities:

  • Arts & Culture. Museums, libraries, theatres, dance companies, or musical organizations help to nurture the arts and preserve our culture. You can give to arts organizations close to home, or those that have national impact.
  • Health. If your family has been touched by a particular disease, you may want to contribute to research for a cure. Scientists are hard at work on better ways to combat cancer, heart disease, and other devastating illnesses. You could also give to local health organizations such as hospitals, hospices, or patient support networks.
  • Education. Every child deserves an education. Contribute to a scholarship fund for needy students, or help to provide facilities to a school or university.
  • Environmental. Our earth needs help in so many ways. Your donation can fight global warming, help to save the rainforest, or go toward developing cleaner energy.
  • Animal & Pet.Help to protect an endangered species, or use your funds to improve the lives of stray cats in your neighbourhood. There are many deserving animals on the planet.
  • International NGOs.People in developing nations and locations affected by natural disasters often need basics like clean water and nourishing food. Many international organizations also help to improve the lives of children by providing education and rescuing them from exploitation.
You may choose to make a large donation to a single charity, or to make smaller donations to a number of good causes. You may want to provide ongoing support, which helps charities plan their budgets. In addition, many people leave a bequest to charity in their wills. You may also want to consider whether you prefer to donate to faith-based organizations or to secular ones.

What to Look For

Once you’ve made some preliminary decisions about the types of charities you’re interested in, do some research. Financial records or statistics for many charities are online, or will be provided to you on request. Look for charities with core values that fit well with your own.
It can be helpful to channel your funds toward a particular initiative. For example, if you’re interested in helping to improve the lives of girls in developing countries, look for an organization that has developed specific programs to do that. An example might be Foster Parents Plan’s "Because I Am A Girl” program, which provides education to girls in impoverished areas, or Global Family’s "Daughter Project,” which aims to keep at-risk girls from being exploited, and works to rescue those who have been taken.
Choosing the right charity and making your donation has the power to change lives. And that can change our world for the better.

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