‘Tis the Season for Giving: A Small Donation has a Biggest Impact

‘Tis the Season for Giving: A Small Donation has a Biggest Impact

Why should you donate?

I like to take a portion of the money put aside for gifts each year, and put it towards donating to charitable causes that I love and respect. Donating a little bit of money or time may not seem like much. But if your donation is joined with others, it becomes something much bigger. Even small donations have a significant impact on the surrounding community. Effective interventions can break the cycle of poverty for the world’s neediest people. Preventing and fighting diseases can keep children healthy and in school.

How to select the charity that is right for you?

In order to look for a charity, I check a charity’s legitimacy based on whether it defines its mission and programs clearly or not. Moreover, I prefer to select the charity that the IRS recognizes the organization as tax-exempt. Additionally, I also visit these websites such as Charitynavigator or GuideStar to evaluate the charity I choose. These online tools allow me to see the rating of the charity. On the other hand, my donations generally go to animal programs and development in third world countries. To narrow down my donations and try to have more of an impact, I generally like to choose three causes that I care about: One local, one animal-based, and one for international relief efforts. Here are the three I chose this year:

Local: American Red Cross

I posted about this in another blog this week, but this year I decided that my local donation would go to the American Red Cross for California Wildfire Relief. The easiest way to donate is to go to the Red Cross Website or to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the charity.

Animal-Based: Humane Society of Ventura County

I usually pick an international organization, but the wildfires this year that I mentioned in my previous post adversely affected on Ventura County. Therefore, I have chose a local humane society for Ventura County. They’re accepting donations of food, water, and supplies for the animals that have been displaced by the recent wildfires. Donations can be taken directly to the shelter at 402 Byrant St. in Ojai, California. If you’re not local though, like me, monetary donations can be made through the organization’s website

International Relief Program: Nothing but Nets

Nothing but Nets is an international program designed to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from mosquitos carrying malaria in South Sudan, and the donations this year are being tripled so that if you purchase one net for donation, the organization will send three to those in need. You can access the website to make donations here, with amounts varying from $10 to $1000. The program is run by the UN Foundation, and has raised over $65 million (delivering over 12 million bed nets) since the program started in 2006.

What charities are you donating to this year? I’m always thrilled to learn about new ones, so please share in the comments below!


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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