Where I come from there’s a general feeling of community; neighbors helping neighbors in times of need. It’s not unusual to see crowd-funded donations requests shared thousands of times on social media within a few hours of learning of a family displaced by fire, auto accident, or emergency medical situations.
Before You Donate, Investigate
Fundraisers have gained popularity in recent decades; cookie sales, blood drives, book fairs and sports events are just a few of the favorite fundraisers that are well-established and have credible organizations behind them. Most fundraisers are on the up and up, but it’s always a good idea to do your research.
It’s relatively easy to check on the integrity of any fundraising event or organization. Simply go online and input the information into the search bar of the BBB (Better Business Bureau). The BBB will have all the pertinent information about your query and will offer rating of the company’s public profile. You’ll be able to quickly see any complaints made and if they were addressed by the organization in a timely and appropriate manner.
A Fundraiser You Can Be Proud to Contribute To
Assuming most fundraising campaigns are reputable, your next decision rests in where your charitable dollars are doing the most good. There are thousands, if not more, of accredited organizations that you can donate your hard-earned dollars to. Nearly all nonprofit organizations acquire funding through donations and drives, such as PBS Television, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), and UNICEF.
Major medical breakthroughs have occurred thanks to these types of charitable fundraising. In recent years, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” flooded social media to support research for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. The contributions made to this campaign reached more than $115, funding research, aiding patients, and improving technology.
Finding Fundraisers in Unexpected Places and Familiar Faces
Famous for his telethons, Jerry Lewis became the iconic face of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (MDF). Other celebrities that have joined the King of Comedy in the ranks of philanthropy include Dolly Parton, Each of the Beatles individually and as a group, Julian Lennon, Snoop Dogg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.
Anyone can create a fundraising event, and social media integration into our lives has made being charitable even easier. With so many choices of where to donate your time or money, consider which local organizations could benefit the most from your donation. Charity begins at home, they say, so don’t forget that your old clothes and electronics can be donated to assist after natural disasters.
Raising Funds That Build Up Communities
The next time you are at the store and see those neat little donations boxes provided by St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, drop a few more quarters, dimes, and nickels in. Every cent helps children across the nation and their families with medical care and other expenses.
Fundraising impacts many aspects of our lives. Whether we are donating, or the recipient of those donations; fundraising builds communities.