How to Select a Charity

How to Select a Charity

Life is hard for many people these days, and the increasing cost of living has meant that it is even more difficult for many charities to survive and help the people who need it the most. On the whole though, we’re still a pretty generous bunch by nature, and even though we might complain every now and then about “charity overload”, we know deep down that we want to help people or animals which are less fortunate than ourselves.

How to Select a Charity

This is quite a strange one really, I mean, do most people “select a charity” or does the charity, or the events leading up to the need for the charity, select them. We may choose to select a charity for donations in lieu of flowers after a bereavement for example, which would normally be something close to the deceased’s heart. Maybe choosing a cancer charity if that were the cause of death, the heart foundation, or maybe even an animal charity if the deceased was a lifelong animal lover. Most people select a charity which is supporting something which they feel passionate about.

Charity Givers

There are different types of “givers” aren’t there?

  • There are those who give of their time, which actually offers a bit of a life line for some people and fills an important gap in their lives too – elderly people who have been widowed, for example, can find a whole new lease of life by putting their time and efforts into helping those less fortunate than themselves, even if they don’t have any spare cash.
  • There are what we shall call the “emergency givers”. Those who are moved by what they see on the news programs for example, and dig deep to help out the victims of, for example, Hurricane Katrina. They are the occasional givers whose donations can make a real difference at times of need.
  • Then there are the “flash” givers. Have you noticed how some celebrities seem to get a lot of column inches out of donating there old stuff to a charity auction, for example, or donate one huge wad of cash for a worthy cause. Of course, the charities aren’t going to complain, it’s great for them, but you do wonder whether there’s an ulterior motive lying behind some of these charitable donations.
  • The “quiet” givers are often from the same celebrity bunch we’ve just spoken about, but instead of using it as a PR opportunity just quietly go about their business helping those who are less fortunate than themselves.
  • The regulars are the ones the charities really do need. Did you know that you can make a regular monthly donation to a charity of your choice and the tax men will smile on you? Well, not smile on you exactly, but they won’t charge you for it either.

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