Knowing there are 85,000 registered charities in Canada is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the one hand, I’m glad to know SO many people are working to help others, and if there’s a cause I want to support I’m sure I can find a charity to help me do it. On the other hand, it’s an intimidating number if I actually want to go searching for a charity that fits my parameters of giving.
When someone sent me some money to give through Chimp for the first time, I didn’t want to just give it to one of the first charities that popped in my mind. They get plenty of help already; plus, they rarely check the boxes I want checked when giving. So, despite, the intimidating number, I went searching. And here’s how I choose the charity I gave it to.
I wanted one that:
Operates in Sudan. Mostly because the country’s not likely to have any government-funded social programs of its own, so international money is essential. And let’s face it, the people of Sudan need help.
Spends in all the right places. Meaning, the money goes to the charity’s programs and not administration and fundraising (my cut-off is 15 percent).
Had a website where I could read more about what they’re doing. (Any charity, company, etc. just seems more official to me when they have a website.)