RULE 96: Know How To Choose Charities/Good Causes

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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