Its December again and time to get bombarded with all those charitable requests.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new recruit to charitable giving, make sure your giving is meaningful & impactful.
If you do nothing else before writing that cheque, please follow these four essential steps:
- Make sure the charity is indeed registered with the Canada Revenue Agency- Charities Directorate. Go to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/menu-eng.html- scroll down to where it says “Charities listings” and type in the name of the charity, if it does not come up, it is not a registered charity. Only support charities that are registered with the CRA.
- Make sure you are confident the charity is well run- not all charities are created equal. You can browse the charity’s past filing records with the CRA for the past few years to see how much revenue they bring in, how much they spend, how much is actually given to charity and how much is spent on administration & fund raising. You can also see what types of programs they run. Check out their website or go and visit them yourself if that is feasible. The more you know the better.
- Make sure the charity has some meaning for you or your family. Just because they send you Christmas cards does not make you beholden to them. Find a charity that has some meaning for you or addresses issues that you truly care about.
- Make sure the charity does indeed make a difference. You have a right to know how your money was spent and if the charity actually did what they said they were going to do. If they are not willing to let you know how your funds will be spent then find another charity who will.
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