More often, people think that charity involvement only mean donating to charity. While this can be a great way of helping, especially when the charitable organization you are supporting use most of the funds directly to the cause they claim to support, it is unfortunate that there are charities who use only a small amount of the contributions they received directly to people who they are supposed to help. So you need to find a very reputable charity organization supporting a really worthy cause.
Most experts suggest that any non-profit organization should spend no more than 25% of the contributions they receive for overhead and administrative cost. So, it is also wise to collect information about the spending pattern of the charity you would want to support.
Ways of helping charities
Take part in fundraisers
Aside from donating money, you can also support charities by taking part in their fundraisers. Fundraisers usually involve events such as dinners, concerts, auctions, merchandise sales, golf tournaments and many other activities, depending on the audience targeted and the amount of money available. People are more likely to spend money and be willing to spend money in something they otherwise would not do, if they know that the proceeds are going to a charity.
Volunteer your time and talent
In addition to giving money and getting involved in fundraisers, you can also volunteer your time and utilize your special skills or talent into something that you will enjoy doing. Often, food banks and homeless shelters need help cleaning and cooking or serving meals. If you have a musical talent or skills such as artistic ability or musical talent, you may also find ways to help charity such as organizing a performance for charity or selling out your artworks for charity. Ask around to find out what help is mostly needed by the charity.
Utilize your technical skills.
If you possess some technical skills, it can be a great way to help charities. If you know how to write great proposal or press releases for example, you can help out charities prepare one. Those who have adept knowledge in the arts and designing can help charities by designing special event posters, brochures, flyers, signs or help design a website for the charity organization. There are also people who are well connected in the community and know many people who can help as volunteers or sponsors for charity events. Broad range of skills and abilities are needed by charities, so don’t be afraid to share your talent and encourage others to be involved as well.
Once you have chosen a charity to support, find time to contact them. The internet is an invaluable tool to search for charitable organizations and most of the established organizations have developed their websites. From their websites, you can find their contact information, however, don’t jump right in. You should ask the organization the ways in which you can help and tell them what special things that you can do and what you are willing to do or contribute. There are organizations that have specific rules or rules for volunteers, so it is important have to have an open mind.
Anyone can volunteer and be involved in charities as long as he has heart and mind to care for others. In getting involved with any charity, never promise anything more than what you can deliver. In as much as charities appreciate any way you can help them, they also understand that you have your own life, so be honest about how much time you can actually give for charity work that will not adversely affect your time for your family.
Hi my name in Julian Venter. I am a nonprofit organization specialist based in Cape Town. If you would like to find out about making donations visit our website http://afrikatikkun.org or call us on +27 11 325 5914.
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