Things to Consider When Donating to Charities
WESLACO – Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey. Experts said money is the quickest, most effective contribution most people can make during times of disaster.
Donating directly through a website will get money to a charity faster than a text donation, even though the text might seem easier.
There are many things to consider when making a donation. Experts recommend giving to established relief agencies.
The Guidestar website helps people find information on a charity’s expenses, assets and revenue, as well as its program. Their database lets people vet charities.
It might be tempting to make a donation through text and have the phone company charge it on your phone bill. It’s easy. It might feel as though it’s the quickest way to get money to a charity, but that’s not the case as charities have to wait for the phone companies to release the money.
Be aware of timing as well.
Donations often pour in immediately after disaster strikes and then decrease during the long-recovery process. Consider saving money so another donation can be made a few weeks or months later.
Another advice is to consider special needs. Seniors, the disabled, children and even pets are particularly vulnerable during disasters.
Consider donating to charities that focus on addressing their needs.