Are you thinking of donating? Have you been donating? That’s great! Regardless, to whom you’re donating or for what cause, it’s wonderful expression of doing the right thing. Of course, I’m assuming both the cause and spirit, for your donation are for the purposes of good and betterment.
Do you ever question, that your donation will be spent wisely and for the purpose, you intended?
I know, I do. I’m a skeptic at heart and the older I get, the more skeptical I become. It’s unfortunate, but a reality, that there are a lot of people out there looking to take advantage, of good and well meaning people.
First, I’d like to explain why I’m skeptical, especially when It comes to giving to animal (pet) causes. Then, I’ll discuss ways you can ensure your donation is being used for maximum effect. All it takes is a bit of research and shallow digging, which I encourage. When your donation is misused, wasted or outright stolen, an animal somewhere loses out. There are so many great organizations, that can really use your donation and they know how to use it best. Often the problem is weeding out the good charities, from the bad ones.
Did you know, that there are approximately 200,000 animal rights and welfare groups registered worldwide. Many more thousands are registered nationally and locally. These charities may focus on, rescue, welfare, ethical treatment, or other animal focused initiatives. This Wikipedia link provides access to further details, which will help you evaluate the charity, you may wish to donate to.
When in doubt, you may want to give to local groups, which you can observe first hand. Seeing where and how donations are used, is a good assurance. Another, assured way to give, is to give your time. No one can miss-spend or take volunteered time. It’s also a good way to give when a financial donation is not in the budget.
No matter, how you donate, it’s wise to follow it up and be assured your donation is being used, as you intended it to be used.