For the average person, one of their life long goals is to make a lot of money. However, if they were to make a lot of money… what would they end up doing with all of it?
For some people, they would live a lavish lifestyle and maybe give some money to friends and family. For others, they might want to put that money to good use and invest it in the stock market or in real estate.
However, some of the most respected ways to spend personal wealth is on charitable organizations and helping those in need. And with more than seven billion people in the world today, there are more than enough people in need and not enough visionaries and philanthropists to go around.
The good news is, the internet is making it a whole lot easier for every day people to learn more about the many different charitable organizations in the world today, and how they can help… even if it’s just with a little bit of a time investment, donating a dollar, or even sharing the cause through social media.
With all of this in mind, let’s highlight some of the best ways anyone can give back when it comes to charitable donations — no matter what your current financial situation might be.
Of the many different ways to help charities and organizations around the world, the most common is to donate money. This is often the easiest and most effective way, as the organization will likely have a method in place to make the most of each dollar donated.
Financial donations can also be a preferred method to donating individuals and businesses, as most of them can be considered as a tax write off as well. Some organizations will even double or match any financial donations made on their site — this may also be the case with employer donation matching as well.
Donate with Your Time
Depending on the organization or cause, a time commitment is another great way to make a difference to charities around the world. With so many charitable organizations running off volunteers and being more manual work than automated, the more people that can offer time to help out, the better.
Right now, especially during the pandemic, it’s been extremely hard for charities of all sizes to find enough volunteers to bring in the necessary ‘hands on’ work that needs to be done. By offering to donate your time, you can definitely start making a big difference.
Donate by Bringing Awareness
If you don’t have time or money to spare, then the next best option to help the cause is to simply share the website or charity through your own website, blog or social media channels. And as we’ve seen with many other charities, this method has worked extremely well when running fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns through social media.
The most important thing a charity can do is bring awareness to their cause, while making it easy for possible donors to see their achievements, work in progress and a path to their end goal.
While you might not be able to contribute directly, your social sharing with others might be bringing awareness to others that do have time or financials to invest. This has been extremely effective when top influencers get in on the action as well. Just a single tweet from someone with millions of followers can result in thousands of dollars in new contributions.
Charitable Donations Don’t Always Need to Be Financial
When you think of the word ‘donations’, you will instantly think about having to make a money-based commitment to a program or cause. However, as shown through the examples above, this simply isn’t the case.
With more philanthropists in the world today, and the rich only getting richer, some of the best donations and charitable work out there is actually being done through sharing, time commitments and getting a more hands on approach.
To learn more about your favorite charities and brands, simply head over to Google and start searching for what you are passionate about. You might be surprised at how many different ways you can start helping truly exist!