Choosing the Right Charity for You! During this time of year, many of us are excited for the opportunities to give to a great cause. There are so many great charities out there, but oftentimes, it is difficult to know which are the safest to contribute to as well as the most reputable. It is easy to vet charities using the website : www.charitynavigator.com – it helps you make more sound decisions regarding your donations. You can let the charity evaluator work for you! They score from 0 to 100, with 100 being a perfect score. They have analysts who evaluate the documents and claims of charities and that information is provided right on the site!
To ensure you are selecting the right charities for you, consider the following questions:
1. Does the charity share the same values I do?
2. What is the mission of the charity?
3. How has the charity fulfilled its mission throughout the years?
4. How does this charity compare to a similar charity?
5. Has this charity filed with the IRS as tax exempt?
6. Does this charity operate with full disclosure and honesty?
7. Can you see the positive results the charity is making?
To get you started with the decision making process, here are Charity Navigator’s 10 Most Followed Charities:
1 Doctors Without Borders, USA
2 American Red Cross
3 The Nature Conservancy
4 World Wildlife Fund
5 Natural Resources Defense Council
6 UNICEF USA
7 ALSAC – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
8 Save the Children
9 DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Trust
10 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
If you are looking for charities that have a perfect score of 100, meaning they excelled in their financial health, accountability, and transparency, you can find them https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=2203
Remember to take your time and do not make a rush decision when it comes to choosing the right charity to contribute to. It is your money and you deserve to feel at peace about your selection. Remember money sown wisely does the most good.