On Charity

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.              I Corinthians 9:6 – 8

We are entering into the season of giving. We give gifts to our loved ones and we also tend to give monetary gifts to a variety of charities.  So because this is a season of giving… scammers are diligently working to get your hard earned dollars lining their pockets instead of going to the charities you thought you were supporting.  In addition to those who intentionally hustle you, there are charities that actually do the work they say, but only use pennies of every dollar you give.  So in this season, as in all seasons, I want to encourage you to give responsibly.  Don’t let your heart strings get in the way of giving to charities that could really use your support and that use the majority (at least 80%) of your donation the way you want it used.

Some of the worst offenders, who spend more money on administrative fees and salaries, are some of the largest charity names out there.  So the question becomes: how to choose a charity? For starters don’t give any donations over the phone.  But if you do get a call ask questions like: How much of my money goes directly to the work you are doing? How much are the administrative costs? or Send me the information about your charity so I can decide if I will or won’t donate? If they get mad or start doing some fast talking HANG UP IMMEDIATELY.  You are probably being hustled.  Any good charity will welcome your questions and offer to give you the time to decide about your donation.

Other resources to help you can be found online.  There are many trustworthy organizations that will do the research about who is a good or bad charity to give money. And there are several organizations that give ratings to the charities out there.  Below are a few resources you can peruse for information.

https://www.charitywatch.org/

https://www.forbes.com/top-charities/list/#tab:rank

https://www.consumerreports.org/charities/best-charities-for-your-donations/

We are called to give from our abundance.  As we give, we should give in a way that honors God and shows we are being good stewards of all we have.  This season, be smart as you not only choose the ways you will give, but to whom you will give as you offer help those who are struggling through this season of giving.  So please be sure to support charitable organizations that are honest, and are good stewards with the resources they are given.

Peace,

Beth