One of the best ways to make a difference is by helping out a worthy cause, right? Although it’s true, choosing the worthy cause isn’t always easy.
If you want to just base your choice on feelings, you may find a few great candidates, but chances are, you’ll miss some even better options.
So, how do you make the best choice for your donation? You have to analyse several factors, both from your internal compass and from external facts. In order to help you make the right decision, I’ve decided to lay out a few factors that you’ll want to examine that will help you break down exactly where to donate and make a difference.
Decide How You Want to Donate
When people hear the term donation, the mind immediately considers a financial contribution. But, trust me, that’s not the only way to make a difference in this world.
Sure, money is great, and it helps charities move forward and accomplish great things. In fact, without the generous financial contributions, most charities around the world would fail. However, that shouldn’t discourage those without abundant financial resources from giving.
In my experience, some of the most rewarding ways I’ve donated has been through time.
You see, time is a resource you can never regain. Money comes and goes. It’s often an ebb and flow throughout our lives. But time is always running out.
Choose a Cause That Matters
If you don’t already have a cause in mind, then it’s time to do some research. For those that are offering financial donations, I’d advise comparing organisations and researching exactly how your money will be used for the cause.
Those that want to make a donation of time through volunteering, find a cause that aligns with the talent you can offer. To get the most out of your volunteering experience, you’ll want to choose a position that really resonates with you. For example, if you really love working with people, don’t settle for a place that keeps you in a backroom filing papers. Sure, you want to give back, but part of giving is also receiving internal happiness, fulfillment and joy as well.
Build Donating Into Your Budget
Finally, you’ll want to build donating right into your budget. Now, keep in mind, this could be your financial budget – but it could also be how you budget your time each month (i.e. your schedule).
Financially, it’s easiest to set aside a portion of your budget for donations. I’ve found that automatically moving a percentage of my income into a savings account is the easiest way to make sure that the allocated money isn’t accidentally spent on something else.
Then, when you’re ready to make the donation, simply withdraw it from your savings and give it to the charity of your choice.
When it comes to your time, you’ll use the same type of concept. Make a recurring commitment to the organisation each month. For example, if you know that you’ll be volunteering every 2nd and 4th Saturday of a month, it’s a lot easier to make sure that you don’t overbook yourself.
I cross paths with donors all the time, and these factors are impacting their lives in a positive way each day. To truly feel the benefits of giving, you need to feel confident in your decision first. And that starts with this evaluation we’ve done here today.
Your donation can truly make a difference, both in your life and the lives of others. Once you know what, where and how to donate, it’s just a matter of actually doing it.
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