Donate at Christmas: Reliable Online Organizations
Perhaps one of the best times to make a special charitable donation is at Christmas. This is the time of the year when we have been taught it is good to give. Of course, we love giving gifts to our friends and family on Christmas day. This is an act made up of physical, emotional and spiritual giving – it comes from the heart. Christmas time surrounds us with reminders of giving and giving sincerely. It is only natural to want to give to a good cause.
Giving is admirable but you must not be swept away by emotion. You must be certain your donation is going to a reputable organization that follows legislation. Such a charity would be registered with the authorities and have a designated number.
There are many charitable organizations and all in dire need of donations. Their need is even greater since the economic meltdown. Many people have lost their jobs and this has increased the need in many countries. Unfortunately, there many scamsters trying to take advantage of the situation by conning people into giving them the money.
Online is the easiest way to find a suitable charitable organization. It is also the easiest place to scam you. The only way to find out if an online charity is legitimate is to visit that organization and see them face to face. This is no always possible so you could rely on a website that gives you evaluations of charities.
A charity evaluator will give you in-depth information about legitimate organizations. You will be told about the history, the people involved, celebrities involved, the most popular organizations, those in most need, those routinely in the red, inefficient fundraisers, high performing organizations with low paid CEOs and much more. In a nutshell, the three most steps are:
- Evaluate the organization’s results reporting
(it must have the ability for meaningful and long-lasting change)
- Confirm the organization’s financial health
(it must operate efficiently to sustain the charity)
- Assess the organization’s commitment to transparency and accountability
(it must follow good governance practices and not in unethical and/ or irresponsible behavior like misusing funds)
What is the Quality of Evidence for the Above Matters?
You should also know that an easy way for scamsters posing as charities to get your money is via telemarketing. These fraudsters give you a call and convince you to visit their website in order to make your donation online. Even if the telemarketer is not a fraudster, it is best to donate directly to the charity and cut out the middleman (telemarketer) who takes a percentage of the donation.
Fraudsters also make use of websites with similar sounding names to those of legitimate charities. They do this to confuse you into believing you are giving your money to the legitimate organization instead of a fraudulent one.
Realistically, if you have not been given the website address by an actual person working for the charitable organization there is no way to be one hundred percent sure.