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Making Smart Donations to Charitable Causes

Around the world and at home, many charities help to make life easier for people who are suffering, work to protect animals or the environment, provide education for struggling students, art and culture to our communities, and funds for medical research. These charities can’t operate without support, and many of us are inundated with requests for donations.
Donating to a charity can be good for you! Helping others is fulfilling, and most charities are working toward creating a better world. As well, charitable donation receipts are sometimes helpful during income tax season. But with all of the requests for help, how can we make sure that we are donating wisely?


First of all, money is not the only way to support a charity. Many charitable organizations welcome volunteers. If you have clerical skills and a few hours a week to spare, you could help keep the office moving efficiently. If you have photography skills, writing ability, a graphic design background, or experience as a videographer, you could help with promotional materials. Research and fundraiser are very important to most charities, so individuals willing to take on those aspects are often welcomed with open arms. And some charities even offer a chance for you to work in the field, helping the cause directly. This can include overseas travel and cross-cultural experiences, or work closer to home.

Donation Considerations

Of course, charities also need funds to do the work that they do. There are many aspects to consider when donating money to an organization. Here are just a few of them:
  • Philosophy. Do the organization’s values and principles align with yours? Is the work they are doing important to you? If you are a feminist, for example, does the organization have a commitment to equality for girls and women? Do you prefer to give to an organization with a religious foundation, or a secular one?
  • Approach. Does the group use an approach that’s effective and endorsed by experts in the area? As an example, you may receive requests for donations to an orphanage in a developing country. In fact, most organizations that work with children are now moving toward placing orphans with foster families or reuniting children with their own parents rather than maintaining institutions.
  • Type of charity. Giving to charity allows us to examine our priorities. What’s close to your heart? Is helping to bring ukulele music to local third-graders a priority? Or does your sympathy lie with saving the Amazon rainforest? An earthquake or tsunami may have left people in a certain region in a desperate situation. Cancer may have taken a close friend, leading you to contribute to research for a cure, or maybe your read harrowing news reports about children who are being exploited.
There are so many worthy causes that it can be very difficult to make these decisions.
It’s also important to decide how much you can afford to give, and whether to make one large donation, several small ones, or ongoing donations to help sustain the charity long-term. And of course, if it’s a lesser-known charity, it’s always good to check with the Canada Revenue Agency to make sure that the organization is legitimate.
Make the world a better place by making smart donations to charitable causes today! 

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