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Supporting a charity connects you to something important and allows you to make a real impact for good. Whether it's a grassroots organization in your local community or a global initiative spanning continents, every non-profit needs the support of caring and generous individuals. But how do you choose which charities to donate to? Whether you lend a hand through gift-giving, dedicated time, or event participation, there are three key questions to ask when determining which organization is right for you.
This first step is all about identifying a cause that's important to you. What do you care about? What issues do you see the world facing today? Combatting hunger or homelessness, enabling access to education, supporting the arts, or funding medical research are all ways to get involved.
A quick search online will give you more than enough inspiration for how to make the world a little better. For example, in May 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a statement at the World Humanitarian Summit in New York, outlining some of the most important social issues facing our world today including:
Whether your goal is to address one of these problems, or any of the host of issues both at home and abroad, doing your part to help will be of the utmost importance in this coming year.
What kind of impact you want to have on the charity? Do you want to be an anonymous donor, have your name on the annual benefactor list, organize events, or take on an even greater role? It all depends on the time, resources, and experience you have to offer. That said, experience and resources are never necessary to make a big difference, and even the smallest donation or time commitment can help.
To help you come up with a method of support that is right for you, here are some ideas in charitable giving making the rounds today:
Online Opportunities. The Internet has made a lot of things easier and more fun, and charitable giving is no exception. For example:
Going the Distance. Running, walking, biking, and even walking the dog can all be used to raise funds for charity. For instance, the Charity Miles app not only keeps track of how far you walk, run, or bike, it donates money to the charity of your choice for every mile you complete. Longtime medical donor and Glaucoma Research Foundation supporter Jerrold Keilson runs and bikes marathons to raise money for new research.
Making it Personal. You can turn pretty much whatever you do into an opportunity to raise money for your favorite charity. Handmade crafts and toys, clothing, blankets, even furniture can be offered to help those who are homeless or hungry, as well as those undergoing difficult treatment regimens.
You can also use your own celebrations and life events to raise funds for charity. In fact, they are a great chance to give back. Instead of a bridal registry, for example, you can set-up a charitable registry. Gifts for a bar mitzvah or a graduation can be donation items like canned food and used clothing.
Explore ideas to raise funds for glaucoma research and education.
This can be the most enjoyable part of the process, and as you start to learn about how your cause is supported, it will give you ideas about how to play your part. To streamline the process of choosing a charity, try using these three steps:
To illustrate how these three questions could be answered, let's look at a great example of effective charitable giving using Glaucoma Research Foundation.
And there you go, all three questions have been answered successfully. Now, you are well on your way to making a difference for your community and the world with the confidence of knowing your gifts will be used honestly and effectively.
If you are interested in learning more about the ways you can give to your community in a meaningful way, please consider giving to Glaucoma Research Foundation and help support the ongoing battle against glaucoma.
Last reviewed on February 16, 2018