Charitable Donation Advice
Charitable Donation Advice is a regularly recurring column here at Change Gangs. We want our donations to make an impact, and so we don’t want to get distracted by shiny objects. A founder’s story can distract us from the real work of looking at how a charity is functioning.
Ignore the Founder’s Story
We’ve all seen it, right? The founder sharing their story about how and why they’ve come to start this charity. The stories often involve personal transformation, personal difficulty, the search for meaning, and enlightenment. They tug on our heart strings with their moving stories of struggle and redemption.
You know what I do with these stories? I ignore them.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate their commitment. I’m glad they are following this great path. The world needs more people following their hearts and doing good work.
But their story does not relate at all to what this charity is going to do with my donation. As you know, I don’t believe there is any such thing as a small donation. Any donation that we make is important and worthy of making the biggest impact on the world possible.
The founder’s personal journey does not tell me if the program they’re implementing is effective. It doesn’t tell me if they’re efficient with their money. It doesn’t tell me if the founder does a good job of leading the organization. It doesn’t tell me if their costs are too high.
Their story tells me that they care. I’m glad they care. But caring isn’t enough.