When you make a donation, you still would like to make sure your donation reaches the intended beneficiary. Although it is a donation and on your part you had done goodwill, you would feel satisfied if you know you have not donated in vain.
This is different from the “love offering” you made to your church. If you only give coins or a small bill, you need not bother to ask where these offerings will go. But if you donated for the construction of whatever, then you have the right to inquire when the construction will be started or was it ever started. Donors to church projects have the right to inquire about their donations especially if they involve amounts. Although some church workers discourage this action, you as donor can inquire from the parish priest himself or the head of the pastoral council. How do we donate safely?
- If you are donating to a charitable institution, you are entitled to know information about where your money is going. The institution provides answers to whatever questions you may have. This way you become an educated donor.
- Find out if the non-profit organization you intend to give your donation is legitimate. Aside from the name, address and phone number, find out if the organization is registered. You must know the registration number and keep it for your record together with the names of the Board of Directors and contact information.
- Find out from their financial information if the income is listed and if 10% or more goes toward expenses. If it does, then your donation may not be benefiting those that the organization claims to help.
- Don’t be shy to get a receipt for your donation. This is a document that will serve as a paper trail just in case anything happens.
- Do not entertain email solicitations especially if you do not know the source.
- Donate directly to the organization to ensure your money goes where you intend it to go.
- Non-profit organizations focus on the beneficiaries of their mission.
In addition to the above, donors are advised not to click on the link in an unsolicited email. You may go directly to the organization’s website or check the list of the disaster-relief organizations currently providing relief services. Make your donations only to these organizations.
Reliable websites have security measures in place. Depending on your browser, you will notice a “locked” icon displayed on your screen. Or the URL will begin with https://. The “s” means the server is secured. There are other indicators to show the security of the website. Know them before you search for disaster-relief organizations. There is another computer term, personal firewall that also protects your data and your privacy. If you have any of these protections, you can be assured that your donations will be safe and your personal data will be protected.