Too many charities: Who do I give my money to?

168,237, that’s the number of registered charities in the UK. 168,237, that’s the number of charities that still need help. A charity’s work is never finished as long as there are still people in need in the world. There is no doubt that we are bombarded with charity campaigns, from TV ads to door to door collections but donating to charity is still as important as ever so why do we feel like it’s not?

Every year, major campaigns occur for major charities such as, Children in Need, Comic Relief etc. Whilst these kinds of charities do good work it is difficult for the individual to see exactly where the money goes. Big charities are faceless and with the controversy that surrounds many, it is easy to see why people are starting to lose faith. However, don’t. Don’t lose your faith in charity. There are still charities out there, who work tirelessly to make sure your donations are put to good use.

If phoning or texting a number from a television screen isn’t your thing, try finding a local charity that you can connect with and donate to that. Support your local community. Support your local causes. Support your local charities. We’ve all heard the proverb, charity begins at home, so think of your local community as your home. You’ll be able to see the effects first hand as well as knowing you had something to do with all the good that comes from the charity’s actions.

Time and time again, we’re told that it doesn’t matter how much you donate as even a small amount can make a big difference. However, there still seems to be an expectation on what small really means but there is no expectation. It is true that small donations make big impacts, whether that be a penny or a pound. Never underestimate what the tiniest amount can do for someone in need.

You don’t have to donate millions of pounds to millions of charities to make a big impact. Anything is useful with the word anything being key here. Donating to charity doesn’t just mean giving money. Whilst money certainly helps, especially for smaller charities to make their mark, it is not the only thing you can give. Consider giving your time to a charity, whether that be as a volunteer bucket collecting or as a volunteer at an event. Charities always appreciate any time you can give them. Sparing your time also means you get to get out of the house, meet new people and have fun!

Being involved in charity within the local community is also a great way to encourage others around you to get involved. Teach your friends, family and children the importance of giving and generosity. Find a cause you believe in and champion that cause.

Don’t let small charities get lost in a sea of giants because they need your help just as much, if not more.

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