Sharing resources with those in need can bring great rewards to the giver as well as the receiver. People who have enough to share can feel very satisfied knowing that they’ve made a positive contribution to an individual or community. For those who are looking for a way to give , the following are a few tips for making charitable gifts that will really do some good.
Research Before Giving
Donors should bear in mind that not all non-profit organizations use the money they receive in the same way. Some organizations use a much higher percentage of donations for administrative costs, like fund-raising, advertising, and overhead, while others use the majority of gifts to provide direct aid to people in need. Websites like Charity Navigator and Consumer reports rate charities on the basis of how they use funds, and it’s always a good idea to check out a charity before making a donation.
Another way to make sure donations reach their target is to give to a local organization whose work is widely known in the community. For example, Cane Bay Cares is a local organization headed by Kirk Chewning and his business partner, and they have been providing relief for hurricane victims on St. Croix, where their business is located. By contributing locally, donors can see the results of their contributions every day.
Give To Individuals
Giving to a reputable charity is simple because it eliminates the need to judge the recipients’ situation. However, it can be very rewarding to offer personal help to another individual, whether that means giving money without question to a panhandler or buying lunch for a homeless person. More than money, many people on the outskirts of society need to be acknowledged as fellow human beings and treated with kindness and respect.
Give Time Rather Than Money
Another very rewarding way to make a contribution is to offer time and labor to an organization that needs volunteers. People can look for ways to use their own strengths and skills to benefit others. For example, people with construction and carpentry knowledge can build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Good readers can record books for the blind and dyslexic. Most non-profit organizations are happy to find the right fit for a volunteer’s skills and interests.