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You can Help with Philanthropy

Did you ever think our children would be growing up in a world full of hatred?  I told my husband it’s like we went way back in time!  I think we can all agree that we all want this world to be a better place for us, our kids, their kids, etc.

It’s hard to know where to start or if our actions will even make a difference. Fortunately, it is possible for every single one of us to do good, no matter who we are – so today, I’m going to share four suggestions to help you become a more effective philanthropist!

Do Your Research

It’s crucial to do your research before supporting a charitable organization.  You can’t be too careful these days with the scams that are going around.  Remember the GOFUNDME scandal?  Or perhaps you got scammed by a phoney facebook friend asking for money, swearing to pay it back by a certain date and oops they forgot about it and then block you!  YES that facebook one happened to me 2 years ago!

Make sure you know where your money is going before you donate. Is the charity a registered 501(c) 3 organization? What are some examples of the previous work they’ve done? Verify their contact information? One stellar resource for verifying a nonprofit organization is CharityNavigator.org, which also evaluates how effectively organizations use their funds.

Find Your Passion

There are so many charities serving so many worthy causes, it’s impossible to help them all; so you have to narrow down your focus. What kind of cause do you want to support? Are you passionate about a specific topic such as education, human rights, or the environment?

And if you have a passion for an area that isn’t being served, think outside the box and fill that need yourself! For example, Matt Redhawk began the Matt Redhawk Giving initiative to support others in his community, giving private scholarships to young aspiring pilots to fund their flight training. What a creative way to fill a niche and serve a local need!

His success in multiple fields has meant that he has had the opportunity to give back. His priority is to help families to become self-sufficient and to take control of their own destinies. Matt’s driving personal conviction is living off the grid and being self-sufficient. His personal belief is that every family should try living off of the grid at least once.

To illustrate this, he wrote Drought and Dreams: Stories of Self-Reliance During America’s Darkest Times. His studies of the Great Depression and the experiences of previous generations defined his beliefs, which he lays bare in this book he recommends to anyone looking to follow the same principles.

Although he’s based in Salt Lake City, Utah, many of Matt’s attentions are paid to Northern Idaho. It was here that he first established one of his most successful companies My Patriot Supply back in December 2008. This company, like many of the others he has established in the past, has become an industry leader. Matt’s vision was instantly achieved and it’s now the leader in the supply and production of preparedness and survival products.

He wants everyone to have easy access to the supplies they need to be prepared for anything. His inspiration for this came from his own experience of living in the mountains in North Idaho.

Get Your Hands Dirty

No money? No problem! Charitable organizations need helping hands too. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to get involved in your community, do good and make new friends. Check with your local community centers or churches and ask where there is need. Most communities will have homeless shelters, women’s services, LGBTQ+ centers, animal shelters, and other worthy organizations in need of helpers – so find one and get involved!

Know You Can Make a Difference – No Matter What

Perhaps you’re short on funds and time. But even if your schedule is too crazy to volunteer regularly – and your wallet too empty to donate – you can still make a difference! TheHungerSite.com has been raising funds one click at a time since 1999. All you have to do is click one button, and the revenue raised from their advertisers is donated to feed the hungry. They also have several other partner websites that raise funds for breast cancer research, animal rescue and much more. Clicking through all the sites takes maybe 60 seconds, so it’s not a big time commitment either!

What are YOUR tips for making a difference?

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