Feeling charitable? Charity feels good and helps make the world a better place. Unfortunately, not all charity dollars are equal. Some charitable organizations do a better job than others of getting your dollars to those who need them most than other charitable organizations. How can you ensure that you’re giving to charity in the best way possible?
Brandi Koskie , Director of Publishing for Media Refined, Inc. says “I’ve been using http://www.CharitySub.org for the past two years. It’s a monthly subscription of $5, but collectively all of the users are able to make a generous donation to a different charity each month. The cause changes each month, i.e. childhood obesity, therapy dogs for prisoners, human trafficking, etc.”
We also talked to Tyron Giuliani, an Executive Recruiter, who said “I find the absolute best way for charity giving, is to provide it in the form of micro-loans. Select people that fulfill your criteria for needing the money for a cause you find worthy. I select people through Kiva. I generally select people to give micro loans to that are doing projects or business to help a community that I believe to be sustainable. Of course, they will endeavor to pay back the micro loan. So far none have defaulted. If they do, I don’t have an issue with it. Sometimes failures occur. But this form of charity I find to be a true, effective and high impact one.”
Finally, vet the charitable organizations you donate to online. A quick Google search can turn up information on a charitable organization including news articles, surveys, and other content that will include information that the charity might not have disclosed themselves.
Don’t forget to report your charitable giving on your taxes. While we give to charity out of the goodness of our hearts, it helps to get a little back when we give too.