You don’t have to be a millionaire to donate to a charity. Even if you can’t afford to contribute huge amounts of money, you’ll still find it a rewarding experience. But with so many causes and organisations out there, which one should you choose to support? To find out, ask yourself the following questions:
Why do you want to give?
It’s important to be honest with yourself when it comes to your reasons for supporting a charity. It could be as simple as wanting a tax deduction or trying to win a raffle prize. Perhaps you want to honour someone’s memory, or maybe your parents raised you to contribute to charity. Whatever they may be, your reasons will shape how you support a cause.
What are you passionate about?
Your patience, energy, finances, and other limited resources will wear out pretty quickly if you donate to anyone who asks. The thing that will sustain your support—in whatever form it takes—is your passion for it.
For example, if you love cats, dogs, or pets in general, you can volunteer with an RSPCA animal shelter or at your local vet. If you’ve been thinking of buying a pet yourself, caring for animals and seeing them placed in good homes will also give you an idea of the responsibilities involved with pet-ownership.
Your passion may stem from something even deeper, such as a personal experience. Maybe your life has been touched by an incurable illness and you want to support others in a similar situation. You can do so by regularly donating to a charity such as Cars for Cancer, which funds the care and treatment of cancer patients at Mater hospitals, as well as important cancer research.
How do you want to provide support?
Different charities have different needs. Yet, more often than not, this need is financial. If you have some spare time, why not volunteer? Your talents and interests, no matter how small they seem, will be welcomed by many organisations. After all, most charities have daily operations as well as special events to organise. For example, if you would like to help out the homeless, you can help cook up some comforting meals in a soup kitchen.
Where are you volunteering?
It’s worth doing some research into the organisation(s) you want to support, to ensure your hard-earned money and/or limited time goes to a reputable charity. So, look them up online, talk to their volunteers, and ask around. If their shop or office is nearby, drop in for a visit and see how they affect your local community.
Once you’ve finished researching and have found a suitable charity to support, go ahead and give what you can. You might just find it to be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done.