When donating to a cause, you need to make sure that your donations are having a significant impact. Before you donate, research the nonprofit thoroughly. This will help you find out a few important things.
Consider these factors before making a donation:
- See if the nonprofit is reputable. The nonprofit you are donating to should be a legitimate, tax-exempt organization.
- Research whether or not the organization has a verifiable impact. Look for scholarly articles or journalistic publications on the web and check the organization’s website for metrics of success.
- Determine what the organization needs. Some organizations desire monetary donations because they can allocate the money as necessary, while others may prefer specific items or a donation of time.
- Donate narrowly. It is more efficient to donate to a few organizations you are really passionate about than to hundreds of organizations. Build a long-term relationship with the organizations you donate to and create a lasting impact with the cause.
Your donations will go further, when you contribute this way.