WHICH CHARITY? HOW DO I DECIDE?
Australians are generous people. You already knew that. We are ranked third on the World Giving Index. That’s something to be proud of.
However, with more than 10,000 charities in Australia and countless more worthy causes overseas, how do you decide who gets your precious charity dollar?
We all want our contributions to have meaning and to make a difference. None of us wants to see our money swallowed up by administrative fees, stolen by corrupt governments or individuals or wasted on ineffective programs.
Philanthropy Australia has some tips for choosing a charity to follow.
Of course we often have more than one motivation, so try weighing these up before you settle on where you want to lend your efforts. Be clear-eyed about your choice and ask yourself…
What are you passionate about?
What do you feel most strongly about? What is the problem you feel you would like to fix – or who are the people you want to help?
You might also like to think about whether there is a geographic basis to your giving. Do you want to donate to an area which you know well and are fond of, perhaps a community in which you live or grew up? Do you want to give to more remote communities, to people in rural Australia, to small or large towns,urban areas?
Image via World Vision Australia
Also you may want to consider these points…
Make sure your charity is listed.
Again, Philanthropy Australia is a reputable site. Do you know someone (friend, relative, colleague) who can vouch for the organisation? Have you seen the need first-hand?
Why not start with charities that support your countrymen and women? Can you visit the project you are investing in?
Go and ask questions.
Keep your charity accountable and monitor their progress via their website and annual reports.
Finally, can you volunteer instead?
Be the change you would like to see. You may find it more rewarding to make your contribution through time, rather than money.
How do you choose which charity you support?