I’ve always been a generous person, but I haven’t always been a well-informed donor. Like you, one of the reasons I give is because I have a desire for the world to be a better place because I was here and because I want to ease the pain and suffering of others.
Until I started this project though, I didn’t realize that sometimes our good intentions can cause harm in the world. Below are a few blogs and posts that helped me understand that choosing good organizations is important.
I want my donation to actually make the world a better place, and thanks to these resources, I know a little better how to do that.
Tales From The Hood: Written by a humanitarian professional, this anonymous blogger talks about the good, bad, and ugly of actual, in the field, aid. What Makes Good Aid ‘Good Aid’ is an insightful post that I discovered on this website and opened my eyes to thinking more critically about non-profit organizations.
Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Saundra believes that donors affect the type of aid that happens and that we have the power to either aid good projects or bad. Her blog is dedicated to educating donors around issues, so that we are making choices that help and not hurt. For example, have you considered the idea that funding orphanages causes orphans? I hadn’t, but she talks about it. You can find discussions about different aid topics and read interesting blog posts like Whites In Shining Armor.
Texas In Africa: This blog is for the committed, informed donor. It’s written by an assistant professor with tons of research and professional work experience in humanitarian efforts in Africa, and you can find insightful information about different crises facing Africa including conflict minerals. The post “What Causes Badvocacy” is a great breakdown of problems to watch out for.
What resources help you choose where to donate your money?