Sunday, September 10, 2017

Want to Donate? What You need to Know Now!

Many Americans are Coming Together.
While it might not be in all the ways we would like, for many there is a renewed sense of charity and a belief in the importance of helping those less fortunate. 

I am gladdened by the feeling of community that has developed. People are finding ways to help each other whenever and wherever they can. 

When it comes to those displaced by natural disasters and wildfires, many organized relief efforts are underway. Shelters have been provided by local and national organizations. Emergency responders have gone above and beyond to rescue those impacted. Response contact centers have also been set up to answer pressing questions and offer information. Even private citizens have traveled to the impacted areas to help in rescue efforts.

People volunteer to work in shelters and food pantries to help the less fortunate. They donate new and used clothing, food, and other items to help.

But not everyone is able to give such "hands-on" help. That is where giving to charitable organizations comes in.

Charities, both new and established, are using television, radio, print, and social media to ask for donations for those effected by these tragedies and for other members of our society and the world who are struggling. 

They promise that money raised will go towards those needing it the most. Families temporarily, or even possibly permanently, without homes. Babies and children in pressing need of clothing. Many who lack even the basic of necessities ~ things like food, water, and personal items.

There is no doubt that we, as caring people, want to help. We see the looks of devastation and hopelessness and are looking for any way we can make a difference.  

But before making that donation, there are things you need to know about these charities.
And that begins by getting the answers to these 3 important questions:
  • Is the Charity legitimate or a Scam?
  • Where does the money raised go?
  • What percentage of the money raised goes directly to the cause?
Without clear cut and truthful answers to these questions, you would be unwise to donate your hard earned money.

That doesn't mean you should be scared or stop giving. It simply means you shouldn't go in blindly.

There are some easy steps you can take to give you peace of mind when you decide to make a donation.
  1. Research Charity Online
  2. Check Out the Charities Contact Information & Mailing Address
  3. Contact the Charity Directly
  4. Do a Civil and/or Criminal Court Check on the Charity / Key Executives
Find more detailed information on how to make sure the money you donate is really doing the most good in, "Do This Before You Give Money to any Charity"!

Good charities no doubt do good in the world. They give much needed aid to those who desperately need the help. And they rely on donations from concerned citizens to keep going.

People doing and giving what they can to help other people is the absolute best way to make a difference in the world.

But simply giving without doing your homework first doesn't make sense. You deserve to know exactly how your donations are being used. 

Only then can you donate with your eyes wide open and knowing that you are helping the people who need it most.
And that is what it truly means to be Charitable!

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