In the spirit of the holidays, many individuals and companies alike are motivated to support non-profit organizations. There’s just this irreplaceable feeling a person experiences when helping others. For example, when I was in high school, I volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, tutoring kids for a few hours every week. Even after all these years, I still remember, as corny as it sounds, that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Perhaps Anthony Robbins said it best: “Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”
Giving back to the community, whether local or international, has always been an integral part of Rinadon.com since the very beginning. We are always looking to increase our involvement and as we read about philanthropies, we thought we’d suggest a few pointers on how to avoid getting hoodwinked.
As good as your intentions are, integrity, unfortunately, isn’t valued by everyone. ABC’s Good Morning America printed an excellent article about avoiding charity scams. Though it’s a bit dated, the information is still very relevant and helps guide you in the right direction. Here’s a few takeaways:
– Thoroughly research the organization and find out what it has accomplished, and what its next plans are
– Before you think philanthropy starts only at the international level, check out your own town and find out how you can help
– No matter how convincing and wonderful that phone call sounds, giving over the phone isn’t the best idea
If you’re not 100 percent sure about an organization and want to double-check your decision, visit Charity Navigator for more insight to help you determine the best way your business can help your community.
Do you have a story to share? How will you be lending a hand this holiday?