Five tips for the average donator
If you’re a first-time donator or a potential donator, it’s not always easy knowing which charities you should support. Here are a couple of tips that we feel can help you take that decision.
- Consider the tax benefits. While the goal of giving to charity should lie in the satisfaction of knowing one has made the world a better place, there’s no reason why one shouldn’t also be rewarded. Check with your local and national governments to see what tax breaks are available for donators. This can also help you decide how much you should give, if, for example, an extra 20 puts you over a limit and into a lower tax bracket.
- Look to people you admire for inspiration. Celebrities sometimes take a beating in the media for their charity work as some quite cynically view it as a way for a celebrity to raise his or her profile. However, they most certainly do raise awareness about specific issues and can be crucial to fighting poverty or saving the environment or whatever the cause. Boxer Amir Khan has recently put his profile to work for Penny Appeal, a UK-based charity that seeks to attract more Muslim donators. His actions are likely to prompt others to do the same.
- Do your research. While most charities are reputable and do their best to make the world a better place, there are some dodgy ones. Chances are extremely high that you’ll be giving to a charity that does indeed help others, but make sure that you’re aware of the activities of a charity. If you’re sensitive to certain activities for religious or moral reasons you’ll certainly want to donate to an organisation that shares your beliefs and values.
- Give to causes you care about. Charities and volunteer organisations run on passion. When people part with their money or donate their time to a certain cause they are doing it because they care about the topic. If you love animals more than humans, then you’ll probably want to give to charities that house and look after abandoned pets. If science is your thing, consider giving to the British Science Association. Be sure you’re parting with your money happily and not begrudgingly!
- Don’t do it for the wrong reasons. If you’re only seeking to give money for the approbations and kudos of your friends, family and colleagues you’re probably in it for the wrong reason. While that won’t make any difference to the charity you donate to or the people or cause who benefit from your donations, you might start to resent the charity and at the risk of sounding like a hippie, charities should be places of positivity and optimism.
While there is no right or wrong way to donate to charity, following these steps might make it a little bit easier for the first time donator!