Friday, 25 March 2016

RULE 96: Know How To Choose Charities/Good Causes


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Tabloid Great and Author Extra-Ordinary, Dr. Mike Awoyinfa

Once you have some money you get inundated with requests to give to charities. I’m not talking about the emotional blackmail ones we all get through the letterbox - these three pennies could pay for food for an entire family forever and a rainforest and sight for all the blind people in the world and all you have to do is send them back with whatever you can afford. Oh the guilt when you spend those three pennies - not!

I’m talking about big charitable donations, supporting a particular cause, supporting a particular person. I’ve always had my doubts - and this is entirely subjective, entirely personal- about supporting a penguin or endangered fish or threatened albatross.
How do you know which is yours? In the zoo you can at least go and have a look at your own saved pet but in the wild it is so much more difficult.

“Personally I reject any charities that directly approach me. Not because it makes me cross but as a way of weeding out the ones I don’t want to support. I have my own mission statements when it comes to charity giving and not being approached is part of that”

Anyway here are a few tips for choosing a good charity - a good one for you:

• Decide what is important to you - the planet, saving whales, small children, the poor, cancer research.

• Work out what you want to do - just give money, get involved, be an adviser, raise funds (I’ve always wanted to drive one of those inflatable’s for Greenpeace; I just think those boats are so cool).

• Check out charities you might think suitable on the Internet and see if your ideals fit in with theirs.

• Check out the charities themselves - financial statements of account, brochures, campaign information, membership, mission statements.

• Trust your gut feelings.

Personally I reject any charities that directly approach me. Not because it makes me cross but as a way of weeding out the ones I don’t want to support. I have my own mission statements when it comes to charity giving and not being approached is part of that. I also like charities that set out to help directly instead of merely churning out aid - teaching villagers to fish and all that. I also only support small charities as I figure they need it more.

And I will only support small charities that are doing things that seem attainable. I figure feeding the poor of the world requires a bottomless pit.
Not that it isn’t a decent objective, but one I find too remote. But one that seeks to provide fresh water for a particular village I can relate to; or providing a breakfast for an inner-city school kid.
From The Book; The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar
(Read Rule 97 of Rule of Wealth tomorrow on Monday at Asabeafrika)

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2 comments:

  1. Wisdom to do right. Love charity giving but has to be real not scarm. Thanks for sharing. God Bless You.

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  2. Wisdom to do right. Love charity giving but has to be real not scarm. Thanks for sharing. God Bless You.

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