Your donations should work and help the people you want it to! How can you make the most impact and create the best situation for others? We want to start you on the path to donating better and making sure your time and money get to the people and the organizations you want them to. Did you know, Americans donate $410 Billion to Charity in 2018.? There are location and international charities, and local and international volunteer opportunities. Figure out what is important to you, and implement that plan. Research, time, and energy is key to ensuring your donations, make the best impact!
Renewable Energy, sustainability, and conversing the environment are causes and issue that create a sense of urgency in a lot of people. We can go about using the resources we need, while ensuring those resources are available for the generations after us. Is this something you are motivated by?
Step 1: Find Your Passion
What do you love or what motivates you? Is it personal, or professional, something that impacted you or your family, or is it something you simply care a great deal about from a distance? If you don’t inherently have a passion for a certain cause or charity, there are plenty of places to find one. Check out Forbes List of America’s Top Charities to help!
Homelessness in America and across the globe is an issue. Approximately 554,000 people live homeless in the United States and is an ongoing issue. Those people often go hungry, have medical or mental issues, and need help to have their basic needs met.
What About These?
Have you figured out what motivates you to donate? Do you love working with kids? What would you like to improve for your community? Is it the issue of homelessness, the environment, under-privileged youth or abused women? Sick and malnourished people in developing countries or an illness or sickness that has impacted you or your family personally. There are plenty of causes that could use your help and plenty of ways to make that impact felt.
Conservation can extend to the animal kingdom, and ensuring that the many species and habitats we have enjoyed are also there for others to enjoy. There is rapid DE-forestation, and destroying of natural habitats that are in need of replenishment. Animals, plants, and people need the natural habitats to exist as they have, to continue the ever so sensitive Eco-system of life.
Poverty is always a main issue in many countries. Different countries especially those in the developing world have larger degrees of poverty, impacting large portions of their population. Donating to these causes can have varying degrees of impact with each countries unique circumstances. Make sure your donations reaches the people and communities you aim to improve. There are almost 1 billion people worldwide, living below $1.90 per day. That is considered extreme poverty, and a huge issue in countries around the world.
Step 2: Do Your Homework!
We want to donate and most importantly, we want it to make an impact! How can we best donate our time and money and make sure it helps who we want it to? Research! Treat donating like an investment, which it is. An investment of your time or money, and an investment into our local or international communities. How does the money get spent? What is the verifiable impact each $ has? There are several sources that can help you. Be smart and research, it matters!
To donate best, we need to know how those donations are used and how effective they are. Did you know, poverty in economic sense is relative? For example, according to givewell.org a 3 person family living on $8,000 per year, is less than half the poverty level. At this level, $2,667 per person in the household, they are wealthier and 70% of people around the world.
What To Look For
A key to doing your research, is understanding what for instance a person battling hunger, or homelessness, needs on an annual basis to rise out of their circumstances. Perhaps how those levels differ internationally is the most drastic difference. A 1$ investment will have different levels of impact, depending on the currency of the country, the value of that currency and how directly it is used for the end need. Be sure to pay attention to how impactful not just the donation in general is, but the actual impact of each dollar you donate.
Step 3: Volunteer! Get Involved!
Donating money is not as personal as being there, putting in the time and seeing results. Donating your time can sometimes be much more difficult than writing a check. We encourage not only financial donations, but personal time investment, whether it is your cause or a local community event, get connected and get involved. There are always events around you!
Volunteering and donating can take many forms. Spending your time in your own community is the most logical and convenient way to make sure that your contribution is felt right around you. Tutoring young people after school, mentoring an at risk youth on how to avoid trouble and stay on a positive path. Using your time to lend a helping hand to the elderly, at a nursing home or in another setting. Does the environment and conserving it motivate you? Local organizations looking at sustainability, replanting trees and cleaning up local communities will always be a cause easy to find and in need of eager help.
Step 4: Donate
It’s time for you to choose a cause, donate to that cause and spend time making sure your donation is making an impact. Find a local charity and spend time volunteering, get involved and continue to be engaged. To be a proper community member, we all need to help those less fortunate, those that need a helping hand and those that have fallen on hard times.