Making a Difference Through Charity
We are firm believers that you should give a portion of your income. Why? It makes a positive impact on someone or something, it makes you feel good, it makes you appreciate what you have, and (for the Christians out there) the bible tells us too. Whether you give it to your church, a charity, or a friend in need, you can make a difference.
With our real estate sales business we have committed to donating 10% of our commissions to charity. To make it even more meaningful and fun, we let our clients choose the charities they want us to donate to. We have had clients request donations to cancer foundations, community health services, various other health causes, Haiti earthquake relief, churches, and on and on. However occasionally we run across a client who says, I have no clue where to donate to. So, here are a few suggestions on how to decide.
Choose a cause that’s meaningful to you. Maybe a family member battled cancer, look at some charities related to cancer research. Maybe you walk by a homeless person every day and you want to donate to your local homeless shelter. Maybe you have a heart for animals, think about something related to your furry friends. There’s a charity related to just about every topic you could think about.
Once you have an idea of what to look for, research the organizations that relate to your cause. You want to choose a quality charity. A well run charity has low overhead expenses and gets a large percentage of the money directly to their cause. Charity Navigator is the best website We’ve seen to research this stuff. They have a rating system that is based on the efficiency and performance of each charity, and they show financial information for most charities.
Another great way to know if a particular charity is a worthwhile donation is to volunteer there. Not only will you learn more about the charity while volunteering, you will be helping them in the process.
Please help those less fortunate, and donate some time or money yourself.
Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you
Luke 6:38 For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure
Proverbs 28:27 He who gives to the poor will never want