Of course, every donor wants to be sure that his donations are actually used for needy people and aid projects. And rightly so. But unfortunately, there are also some black sheep on the donation market. With these tips, you are on the safe side.
1. Look for the donation seal
The American Central Institute for Social Issues awards a donation seal to reputable donation organizations. The seal is checked according to fixed criteria. These include a good performance and supervisory structure as well as financial transparency.
The seal is a good orientation for donors. But please note: If a donation organization is not on this list, it does not mean that it is operating unseriously. This is because the annual audit for the seal costs money, and smaller organizations in particular often save themselves the cost of an audit. The Donor Advisory Service provides additional information on donation organizations with and without a seal.
2. Inform yourself about the aid organization
Do not donate on instinct. Think carefully about who you trust with your money. Get information about the charity in advance – for example, on the charity’s website.
A good donation website will have a contact person and an address in the imprint. It also provides information about the use of donations. Reputable aid organizations work very transparently and provide insight into their annual report.
3. Do not let yourself be pressured
The advertising of the donation organization seems aggressive or wants to make you feel guilty? Or puts you under time pressure? Not a good basis for a donation. Overly emotional donation letters or pushy door-to-door solicitors do not speak for the seriousness of the organization.
Caution is also called for with collection tins. If you want to donate, make sure that the cans are sealed and that you have a donor card.
And one more thing …
Donate to projects that are personally important to you. Talk to friends or family about your cause. You should feel good about every donation you make. After all, you want to make a positive difference – whether it’s for an association in your immediate neighborhood or for a major international relief effort.
Donations can also be made online, and it doesn’t always have to be money. The betterplace.org platform, for example, offers not only classic monetary donations but also the opportunity to volunteer your time.
There are also various projects where you can donate toys for children. These projects gather a lot of amazing cadeaus voor jongens and girls and ship them over in one go when the time is there. This way you are certain that those kids in dire straits have at least some toys to play with!
What some donors do not consider: Every donation also incurs administrative and processing costs. For example, if you donate 100 dollars to a single cause, more of it will remain in the donation pot than if you divide the same sum into many small individual donations. You should also keep this in mind when donating.
Doing good and saving taxes
You can deduct your donations from your taxes as a special expense. Up to 20 percent of your total annual income. The condition for this is that the donation must be made to a tax-privileged organization for the promotion of charitable, religious, scientific, cultural, or other non-profit purposes.
For donations that do not exceed 200 dollars and are paid by bank transfer, the payment or booking receipt is sufficient for the tax office. For larger sums, you need a donation confirmation from the beneficiary organization on an official form.
Please note that different rules apply to donations to foundations, political parties, and voter associations.