Charitable Donation Advice
Charitable Donations Advice is a recurring column here at Change Gangs, because we want our donations to make a difference. This week we share one of the ways we research a charity before we donate.
Researching by Calling The Charity
We want to make meaningful donations that make an impact on the problem, so all of our potential recipients are reviewed by the Donations Committee. During that process, I’ll call the charity. A phone call gives me a great feel for what they’re like on a personal level. Are they professional? passionate? It also gives me an opportunity to see how well they talk about their charity, their work, and their accomplishments.
My favorite questions to ask are…
- How do you know what you’re doing works?
- What are you planning to accomplish this year?
- How has your organization changed over the years?
These three questions should open the flood gates, and you’ll get all kinds of information and get a good feel for what this charity is like.
Before I call, I’ve reviewed their website, their financials, and googled for any criticisms of their charity. Sometimes, this review will create its own questions.
- Last year, your expenses were significantly higher than the year before. What was that due to?
- I noticed your website hasn’t been updated for eight months. Are activities/accomplishments still happening?
I strongly encourage you to reach out to a charity your considering making a donation to by phone. It really helps me feel more confident about where I’m sending my hard earned dollars.