Our veterans deserve to live happy and healthy lives, but they suffer from high rates of unemployment and homelessness. They continue to struggle with mental health challenge after their service, and the system has let them down. But we can do something about. We can support those charities that are making the biggest difference and getting veterans off the streets, getting them job training, and helping them live the lives they deserve.
Find The Best Veteran Charities By Getting A Donation Team
- Do you feel like your donation is too small to make a difference?
- Do you wonder what happens to your donation after you make it?
- Are you too busy to research a charity before you donate? Do you wonder how to choose a good charity anyway? What do you look for and where do you look for it?
You are not alone!!
I used to feel the same way. Throughout my life, I have donated to help animals, the environment, the homeless, the poor, the Food Bank, the Red Cross and more. You name it, and I’ve probably sent them money. Like many others in today’s economy, the few dollars I had left at the end of the month for philanthropy weren’t making a significant difference for the causes I cared most about– until I discovered the power of giving circles.
Your donations will help veterans…. IF
It goes to the right charity. But your donation can be wasted on…
- Programs that don’t work.
- Charities that struggle with organizational efficiency
- Charities that have high operating costs.
- Charities who pay large salaries for fund raisers and CEO’s
- Charities who embezzle your donation or commit fraud.
Unfortunately, it seems as if veteran’s charities are the most rife with abuse. In this CNN segment, Charity Watch gave D and F ratings to 2/3rd of the charities they evaluated.
How are you supposed to have to the time, energy, and knowledge to figure out which are the good ones from the bad ones?
Our Virtual Giving Circle is Your Donation Team!
The Veterans Virtual Giving Circle is simple. We pool our small donations with the donations of other people who care who also care about veterans. We become your donation team. You and other members suggest charities for us to consider, our donation committee researches those charities, and then you vote on which charity you think is going to make the biggest difference. The charity who gets the most votes receives our group donation.
It is possible to know that you’re giving to the right charity, that your donation is going to be used in the right way and that it will make a big difference, AND you can do it with relatively little time and money when we do it together!
I am the spouse of a Soldier, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. We are currently station at the Presidio of Monterey, but have been stationed all over the country and will be moving to Germany next fall. I love our life as a military family. I enjoy getting to live in new places and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.
For as long as I can remember, I have been volunteering and raising money for many different organizations. Ever since I became a military spouse over 5 years ago, I have spent a lot of time helping families of active duty soldiers. I feel it is important to help those in need, especially for causes that really hit home.
When I’m not volunteering, I can be found taking our two rescue dogs for a hike or out in the backyard tending to my garden and chickens.
I joined this circle because, I want to help those who have sacrificed so much for this Country.
10 Reasons To Donate to Charity Through a Giving Circle
1. You Make A Bigger Impact on the Charity
We pool our small donation with the donations of lots of other people. As a result, our donation will be much larger than what we could do or wanted to do alone. A larger donation means that the charity has more money to do their important work.
2. You Make a Bigger Impact on the Problem
We incorporate education into our giving circle activities, so that our donation committee can research organizations and the programs they’re implementing for efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. We work hard for our money and we want our money to work hard, too!
3. You Choose a Better Charity
Not all charities are created equal. Some are doing amazing work, maximizing every dollar spent, and making a huge impact on the problem. Others struggle with organizational efficiency, have high operating costs, paying large salaries for fund raisers and CEO’s, and, in a few circumstances, committing fraud and embezzlement.
4. You Save Time
You can give as much or as little time to this as you want. You might decide to be on the donation committee or not. You’re just one person with a busy schedule, but when lots of people come together to support the same cause, you leverage the time of all our members. You can always feel great about how you donate while you focus on your work, your family, and your friends.
5. You Have Permission to Say No to Other Donation Requests
How many requests do you get for a donation? I’d say I have 3 emails every day, one or 2 that arrive in snail mail every week, one or two Facebook friends running a marathon a month, and mountains of requests during the holidays. But I know that I donate through my giving circle, because I can be confident that my donation is making the biggest impact possible on the causes that I care about, so I can politely decline. What a relief!
6. You Get Peace of Mind that You’re Giving Back
Before I joined a giving circle, I would really want to donate money. But I was busy, and I never could find the time to make the donations that I wanted. I would always have a little voice in the back of my head reminding me of my guilt and that I needed to give back more! But now, I know exactly how and how much I’m giving. I feel good about it, and that little voice in my head has nothing to say!
7. You Won’t Have To Worry About the End of Year Donation Rush
December is the largest month for donations, that means charities send out massive amounts of requests for donations. If you’re like me, I would know that I needed to donate this year, so I would flip through the catalogs, read the requests, and make the difficult choices about where and how much I could donate. It’s kind of like putting my expenses together for my tax returns. Sure, I could do a little every month, and then it’s nice and easy. But instead I sit down in March and spend hours going through my paperwork.
A giving circle can be your annual charitable donation plan. You know how much you’ll be donating. You’ll know that the charities will be well chosen. And if you want to give more at the end of the year, then you can choose to browse those catalogs or to send more to a charity we’ve chosen in the past. An end of year charitable donation is your choice to pursue or not at your pleasure!
8. You Enjoy Donating More
I speak with people all across the country about their giving circles and they all tell me the same thing: a giving circle is a profoundly rewarding way to donate money. It’s more fun, because you’re sharing the experience with other people like you who care about the same cause that you care about. The relationships and friendships created in a giving circle are a big reason why many people across the country continue to participate in giving circles year after year.
9. You Donate More (But It Feels Like Less)
When I waited until the end of the year to choose where to donate, invariably I had less to donate than I would have liked. The end of the year happens right after Christmas after all! So, I would look at my budget and squeeze in what I felt I could do and maybe a little more, because I felt I should. With a giving circle, charitable giving is part of my monthly budget just like my other monthly expenses. Setting it up to be a little at a time means that overall, I’ll give more money than I would have done at the end of the year, but it feels like less!
10. You Discover New Charities
There are over 1 million charities in the US. How many can you think of right now? 10? 20? Maybe 50? It’s easy to get in a rut and only see the same few charities, but there are lots of great charities doing great work, and you’ll discover ones across the country that you would otherwise never hear about. It’s fun and exciting to learn about these charities!
Bonus Reason! You’ve planned for emergency donations.
We set aside a small portion of our donations into an Emergency Relief Fund. When a natural or man-made disaster occurs, any member can request those funds to help relieve the immediate suffering of people impacted by that disaster. Now, you don’t have to watch a disaster on T.V. and wish you could help. You can actually do something about it!
How Does It Work?
You pool your $25/month donation with the other members of the giving circle. After joining, you’ll get access to our community website and instructions for nominating and voting for charities. For more information about how we work, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Wait, $25/month… I don’t know if I can do that!
Let me introduce you to the Build the Giving Muscle program.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to start at $25/month. So, we created the “Build the Giving Muscle” program. The first month, your credit or debit card is charged $1, then the next month, it’s $5. The next is $10, then $15, then $20, and then, finally it’s $25. So, in six months, you work up to $25/month.
Most people find that their budget naturally works it way around donating $25/month when they work up to it slowly. In just six months you’ll find that supporting your favorite cause is so easy you won’t even have to think about where to find the money.
The drawback to donating less than $25 is that you won’t get to nominate charities for us to consider or vote on which charity we donate to until you’ve reached the $25/month level.
I’m passionate about the world being a better place because I’m here, and I started this giving circle because I knew I could make a bigger impact with others than I could do alone. I’m not Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I can’t donate a million dollars, but I can donate $25 a month. But the world’s problems were so big, could $25 really matter? It does!
I joined this giving circle because I love finding great charities all around the country that are making a big difference for our veterans. It feels good to do something!
Worry Free Guarantee
What if?? Whatever your what if, there’s no need to worry about joining. There is NO joining fee, and if in the first 30 days, you decide you don’t like your giving circle for any reason, we’ll refund your donation.
After 30 days, we’ve probably already donated your donation to a great charity, so we won’t be able to refund your donation, but you can cancel at any time. And any future donations will be immediately cancelled.
Ready To Make A Difference!
Donating is an act of love. It’s your desire to make an impact on the world, your hope that you’ll leave this planet a little better than you arrived, your need to give more than you’ve taken. Whatever reason you donate, a donation is an act of love.
And it’s good for you!
- Donating reminds you that even as bad as things are, there are others who have it worse than you.
- Donating reminds you that you can do SOMETHING. You are not just a passive victim of circumstance. You have POWER to impact the world.
- Donating reminds you that you are not alone and that you are connected to everyone and everything on this planet.
- Donating reminds you that you have more than you think and helps you be grateful for how much I have.
- Donating is good for your soul, and the right time to do something good for your soul is NOW!
There is no better time than today to start donating to help vets!
But while donating starts with our hearts, GOOD donations happen because of our heads. And the giving circle helps us do that! Our donation committee researches charities nominated by you and our other members, and then sends you the report. Then you vote on which charity you think is going to make the biggest difference.
Start making small donations that make a BIG difference!
I’m looking forward to welcoming you to your giving circle!
p.s. You and I both know how easy to ease keep putting off making donations for a cause you care about. Some day, you tell yourself, you’ll have more time and money, then you’ll give back. But it doesn’t work that way. There is no perfect someday. But you can do something right now. Just a little something right now. And you’ll feel better about yourself, because you know you are the kind of person who walks the walk. You are doing something about what you care about. YOU are the change. Join now. You’ll be glad you did.
Contact me if you have any additional questions before becoming a member.