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How to Donate to Charity

A buddy of mine said that her and her husband had chosen their favorite charity for the year.
Each January they examine the organizations they support and may proceed from some, but they
always select 1 charity for a new nonprofit to allow them to support for at least a year. My friend
happens to be a former fundraising professional, so that she knows exactly how to vet a charity
and what she likes to see.
How should someone who is interested in supporting an organization evaluate an organization?
A lot of people give to established and well-known charities, but there are simple tips about how
best to develop into a more strategic donor for almost any nonprofit.
Supporting a charity is a highly personal choice. Some people wish to become involved with a
company that focuses on research and support for people dealing with a specific disease because
they have experienced a loved one who has been influenced, others caution about learning and
helping to make sure that children are provided a superior education and others care about
supplying future generations access to history and art. The great causes which can be supported
from the world are countless.
In order to efficiently give to charity, the most important thing to do would be to define what you
value and what would make you feel great in supporting. Whether you are passionate about art,
health, education, human rights, the environment or anything different, you would like to take
into account what you encourage financially.

Once you have determined the type of mission you wish to support, think about how you need to
give. Do you want to provide money? Volunteer time? In the current world, many complex
charities are also recruiting their associates to become ambassadors for the organization by using
social media and other approaches to increase awareness in their circles of influence.
Then its time to do some research. Some people today prefer to give their contributions or time
to large and well-known organizations for many different reasons. However, there are many
nonprofits which may be smaller and operating within a single community which are integral to
individuals who are being served.
Whatever way you decide to give - large or small - it's good to spend a few minutes doing a
small bit of vetting. Start out by assessing an organization's site and see whether it's being
transparent. Can they list the board and team members? Do they have their IRS 990 filings or
annual report easily available online? Are they clear about their assignment and do they
demonstrate their objectives and measurable results in support of their work?
All charities in the United States have to be enrolled within their state. Check out the National
Association of State Charity Officials to start. You can also find important information regarding
organizations, such as a nonprofit's IRS filings at Charity Navigator or Guidestar, which includes
a very robust donor resource guide. Additionally, there is a Donors Bill of Rights, which is
published on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Site. These rights say that which any
reputable nonprofit organization owes to its donors.
It's almost always a fantastic idea to take a few minutes and spend it reviewing an organization's
IRS 990 filings. You wish to find out if an organization is growing financially from 1 year to
another and if it is not , or worse - losing cash, you want to do a little more research or call the
nonprofit and inquire why. There may be legitimate reasons for a reduction in revenue, but if you
will give your hard earned bucks, you would like to understand the reason, which is anything
from prep for a capital effort, investment into capacity building, reduction of donors or any other
similar reason.
A lot of men and women are giving donations online, and it's important to make sure that your
information is protected and they're using encryption tools to safeguard your personal and
financial info. Furthermore, support organizations that have printed their Privacy Policies on
their website. You might not wish to give to an organization that reserves the right to sell your
name and contact info as part of the donor acquisition attempts.
Today's tech savvy nonprofits are expanding their reach through their donors. Many
organizations will supply you with the opportunity to create your own fundraising page or join
someone else's and help spread the word to increase money. You might also become a social
media ambassador and have your followers know your support to your charity.

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