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How to Choose the Right Charity for Donating

How to Choose the Right Charity for Donating

So, you worked out a budget, have some extra money saved up and would like to use that money for the greater good. You want to use your finances to live a more altruistic life, but what does that life look like for you?

If this sounds like your situation, chances are you’re ready to find a cause worth donating to. There are lots of worthy nonprofits out there who need financial support, so how can you pick just one? Today, we're here to help you learn how to choose the right charity for donating.

1. Decide on a cause you care about.
First things first: before you can donate to an organization, you have to decide what you feel passionate about. There are all sorts of different causes out there who need support. Reflect on your own life and experiences to truly consider a cause you care deeply about. Whether it’s something you or a loved one have gone through or just something you’re interested in, the more the cause matters to you, the more invested you will feel.

2. Find a nonprofit in need.
After you find a cause, check out different nonprofit organizations locally, nationally or internationally who work in that field. Chances are, some nonprofits might need more immediate support than others. Search through various nonprofit organizations to find one you can donate to which fits your passion, goals and support.

3. Research the organization’s legitimacy.
Once you have decided on an organization, be sure to research its legitimacy. Unfortunately, there are many “nonprofits” out there who may not be a nonprofit at all. Doing a quick search online is a useful way to make sure an organization is exactly what they seem. Services such as Charity Check 101 and Charity Navigator can help validate a nonprofit as well as give transparency into their operations.

4. Check out administrative expenses.
Along with legitimacy comes the nonprofit’s expenditures. Research to see where their money typically goes. All organizations need to support their staff and administration, but make sure the majority of their finances go directly towards support the clients they serve. For some nonprofits, extreme administrative expenses can result in less aid to their cause, so be careful when researching one to donate with.

6. Learn about tax deductions.
After you have considered all aspects and made your donation, check out if your donation is tax deductible. For your donation to be tax deductible, the organization must be registered with the IRS as a nonprofit. Do your research either beforehand or afterwards if you want to record your donation for tax purposes.

7. Give more than money.
Finally, remember to give more than money by volunteering and working with some of your favorite nonprofits. While donations are always appreciated and valued, getting involved and working hands-on is often an unforgettable experience, which benefits both you and the organization. Live altruistically in all areas of your life by contributing your time as well.

If you’re interested in donating to a charity, make sure to examine all aspects of the organization before giving. Find a cause you care about and get involved to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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