When you feel the call to help those less fortunate than you, it makes sense that you would want your charity to make a real difference. No one wants to devote their time and money to something that won’t help others. It’s the same with charitable giving—donating without intention won’t be as effective as understanding what you really want to help achieve. So, the question becomes, “How can we make our donations more effective?”
Wanting to know that your donations will do their part before you donate isn’t a bad thing—it just means you actually care about making a real difference. This does mean that donating will become a bit more work as you try to ensure that your donation gets where it needs to go. We’ll show you how to be a more effective charity donor to help you be more confident in your giving.
Know What You Want To Achieve
As with many other aspects of life, having a defined goal is a great way to start something, especially when it comes to donations. The more you can define what you really want to accomplish, the easier it will be to figure out how to get there. Consider choosing a cause that you really care about—such as poverty or disease research—and focus your efforts on expanding your aid in those areas. You could choose a specific organization to support, like specifically making an American Red Cross donation. Creating these goals will help drive you in the right direction with your donating choices, as you’ll have something on which to focus your energy.
Understand Your Budget
Budgeting for donations isn’t that much different than budgeting for anything else. You need to consider the costs that you must pay every month or year, and then consider how much of the leftover money you’ll be able to allocate towards charitable donations. Remember that every little bit helps, so even a small budget for charity is better than nothing at all. If giving money just isn’t in your budget, don’t forget that you can also donate tangible items you already have or your time as a volunteer. Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck when it comes to helping out a cause you care about.
Plan for Giving in Advance
Knowing how to be a more effective charity donor means figuring out in advance how you can make the most impact. A good example of this is when we consider something like holiday donating. The holidays tend to make more people consider donating to charities of their choice. However, in between major holidays, there isn’t as much support going to these organizations. With this knowledge, you can actually push your donation to have a greater impact by donating during the “off-season,” when donations aren’t as common.
Stay Flexible With Amounts
Money and income fluctuate for everybody. Whether it happens because of a loss or gain of a job, an influx of inheritance, or an unexpected emergency expense, you can’t always expect your total amount of money to stay the same. That’s why it’s important to stay flexible with the amount you donate. If something happens that removes a lot of your own money, don’t be afraid to temper your donations for a while. At the same time, gaining more money is a great opportunity to allocate more of it to charitable causes that you care about. Becoming an effective donor means understanding and planning for fluctuations in income and resources so you can still donate no matter what happens.
Understand What Makes a Donation Effective
If you’re relatively new to the idea of making donations regularly, you might be unclear as to what exactly an effective donation means. Wanting to make an impact is admirable, but actually doing it requires a little bit of time and research. Inquiring what your charities of choice need is a good place to start, as they’ll be able to tell you more about what they consider an effective donation. It may not always just be monetary needs but could also be clothing, food, or other donations that are needed. The more you can define what an effective donation means, the simpler it becomes to make a donation that will matter.
Know the Charities to Who You Donate
An effective donor knows where their donations go and how the charities they donate to operate. You don’t want to choose the first charity you come across on the internet without first looking into their practices, programs, and how they distribute the donations they receive. A quality charity that you can trust is transparent on thie mission and won’t have any trouble with informing you about what happens to your donation once they get it. Don’t feel strange asking how they will use your donation—after all, your goal is to have it be an effective contribution. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer from one place, your donation will still be welcome somewhere else.
There is nothing wrong with being a one-time donor, as not everyone can give away their income or possessions on a regular basis. However, if you have the means and want to be an effective donor, staying in it for the long haul can make a big difference. It’s not always easy to remember to donate on a regular basis, but if it’s something you want to do, consider setting up automatic payments to your charity of choice, so you don’t forget. You can also mark your calendar for routine home pickups of used clothing and household items from an charitable organization like GreenDrop.
Work To Get Others Donating
No matter how much you can give on your own, you can always improve by getting a collective of donors together. Being an effective donor can also involve championing your cause to others around you. While you should never force your ideals onto others, convincing them that they can also do good by donating can help to expand the total donations that a charity receives. The more people that get involved with donating, the more your chosen charity can do in the long run.
We’re incredibly grateful to all of our kind donors here at GreenDrop, and we wouldn’t be able to make a difference without them. If you’d like to get involved with us, you can go on line to www.gogreendrop.com, check out one of our donation centers, or even schedule a donation pickup right from your home. At the end of the day, our goals here at GreenDrop align with yours, and we want to put as much good back into the world as possible.