Charity organizations are institutions separate from the government that exist not for profit but for the interest and the service of society in general. Registered charity organizations have approval from the government to carry out charitable activities.
Charity organizations receive funding for their charity work from donations made by individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Charity organizations provide a wide- range of services to different members of the community such as orphans, disaster victims, the sick, the homeless, the aged, and basically, anyone in need. Charity organizations also foster awareness of important issues that affect the society such as domestic violence and HIV prevention.
Different charity organizations exist to support different causes ñ all of them worthwhile and meaningful. Helping each and every one is an impossible task for a single person. However, giving your support to just even one or two charity organizations will go a long way.
If you are ready to make a donation but you donít know which charity organization to choose, the first thing you have to do is narrow down your choices by identifying what specific cause you strongly believe in or what matters to you the most. You can also choose to support the most urgent causes such as emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas. Deciding on which charity cause to support is based on your personal preference.
Once you have chosen which cause to support – for instance, cancer awareness – then start researching charity organizations that carry this mission. You will find several different charity organizations supporting the same cause so take the time to learn about each of them. The fastest way to do this is to go to the Internet. There are websites that provide listings of charity organizations with brief descriptions of each. Visit their websites to learn more about the different charity organizations. You can also contact them and speak to a representative to get more information about their specific programs.
You would know if you are dealing with a reputable charity organization if it has a set of clearly-defined goals, objectives and mission. In addition, look at how the charity organization has achieved its goals. It should be able to offer you specific information about its performance. Trustworthy charity organizations will be willing to discuss their programs with you and tell you openly how they will use your donation. Look for charity organizations that are transparent when it comes to their finances. Good charity organizations would be diligent in seeking contributions without pressuring a potential donor.
If after doing your research, you are still not sure about donating to a specific charity organization, just keep researching other similar groups until you find one you feel totally comfortable with.