What Charity Should I Donate To? Feeding Your Soul

by Kathy on December 9, 2011

With the holidays upon us, many are opening their hearts and their wallets, asking themselves, “what charity should I donate to?” I’m a huge advocate of giving money to charity, but I can tell you that I have been taken advantage of…..big time!

If you’d like to know how you can donate to charity without being ripped off, you’ll appreciate a few facts that I was never aware of, until now. If you feel compelled to give, and are looking for some ideas about where to best put your money, I’d also like to share with you some info about one of the charities I support – and why.

First, some Shocking Facts:

Up to 95% of Your Donations May Go to For-Profit Fundraising Companies

Imagine receiving a call from a sweet, polite lady or gentlemen who tells you about the tremendous need for donations to an organization that (for example) provides free health care to children with cancer. Can you say no? Well maybe….but some of us just don’t have the heart to say no to sick babies. I know, because I am one of them 

Well, the last time I received such a call, armed with this information, I asked what percentage of donations actually goes to the cause, and was told 5%. Yes, I’ll break that down for you….from a $100 donation, the charity itself will receive a measly $5. Oh and yes, this is legal!

Your Name May be Sold or Traded

Have you ever given to a charity, only to find yourself barraged with solicitations from other charities? It seems like all of a sudden, everybody’s “got your number”? I can tell you, there are weeks when I can receive 5 solicitations, all from different organizations that pull on my heart strings.

I always wondered how all these people had my information, until recently learning that when you donate to charity, your name may be sold or traded to other charities.

DNC List Does Not Pertain to Non-Profits

Fundraising organizations can legally call you, even if your name is on the Federal Do Not Call list – as long as they are raising money for a non-profit organization.

What Charity Should I Donate To

What Charity Should I Donate To?

Wow! So, am I telling you not to donate to charity? No, no, no – I repeat – NO! In fact I believe that one of the foundations of receiving is in giving. We are on this earth to help others, and in giving with happy hearts, we open the doors to blessings in our own lives.

My suggestion is that when considering which charities to donate to, use these practices:

  • Learn what percentage goes to the cause. This information is readily accessible on the Better Business Bureau website http://www.bbb.org/us/charity.
  • If you are solicited over the phone and feel that a cause is worthwhile, ask what percentage goes to the cause. By law, this information must be provided to you if you ask. If you are not satisfied with the answer, ask to be taken off their call list.
  • Seek out charities that speak to your heart, use the money they collect for the most good, and are highly rated.
  • If possible, set up an automatic monthly contribution for one or more causes or organizations that you truly want to support, and know that you’re doing your part to make the world a better place.

Still wondering, what charity should I donate to? There are many incredible charities to donate to, and I have a few favorites, but want to share one in particular with you. Feeding America addresses the growing epidemic of hunger in America. Why not start in your own backyard, where you can touch the lives of your neighbors? A few statistics on Feeding America:

  • 96% of money donated is used towards programs
  • Due to matching grants, every $1 donated provides 16 meals or more for hungry families
  • 5.7 million hungry Americans are fed through the Feeding America network each week
  • Feeding America meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability in accordance with the Better Business Bureau, and is a BBB seal holder

I could go on and on about the need, and about how this organization manages to do so much with so little. In the interest of keeping this post as short as possible I instead invite you to learn more about this worthy cause at http://www.feedingamerica.org

Feed your neighbors this holiday season (and throughout the coming year)….and feed your soul. Be Blessed!

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Dave and Dawn Cook December 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

Hi Kathy,
Loved your post here. You bring to light a couple very important points when it comes to deciding which charity to donate to.

It is sad and surprising that so little of what you contribute goes to support the actual cause with some organizations who use for-profit fundraisers. I have also been researching organizations to learn the percentage that actually benefits the cause and making my decision using that information.

It is also sad that one donation can mean you will receive so many unsolicited calls and mailings in return. We really need to proactive rather than reactive when it comes to choosing which charities and causes we want to contribute to.

Thanks for the better business bureau link to research charities.

It sounds like you have chosen a very worthy cause with Feeding America since it is especially nice to help our neighbors.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

(Dave) and Dawn

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Debbie Wood December 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Great post Kathy… This is such an important topic and I’ve heard so many rumors about so many charities where the donations go for everything but who you THINK you’re donating to.

Feeding hungry people is always a good charity. I have never had to worry about being hungry, and can’t imagine what it would be like, but I just know it would be terrible. Everyone should have enough to eat, no matter what.

Thanks for the great info you provided here. I’m definitely going to check out the charity you recommend!

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Kenny Greek January 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

Donations are commonly in the form of cash, but can also take the form of real estate, motor vehicles, appreciated securities, clothing and other assets or services.

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Akos Fintor February 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hello Kathy,

I appreciate the post. I’m auto charged every single month by WSPA ( I love animals) and I always wondered about how much of the actual money makes it where I give it to.

thanks

Akos

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