Choosing a Charitable Cause and Connecting with Charitable Organizations
It can be daunting to select a charitable organization with so many worthy causes to choose from. World-famous causes that serve people in need far from home like Amnesty International or the March of Dimes Foundation have long-standing reputations of openhearted excellence. If you prefer to keep the giving a little bit closer to home, organizing an event to benefit local not-for-profit hospitals, homeless shelters or groups dedicated to improving the lives of children is an excellent way to give back to your community.
Often, when people decide to become involved in a charity, they choose an organization with a cause that has touched their life in a significant way. For example, a daughter who lost her mother or a close friend to breast cancer may elect to become involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Those who have no specific tie to an organization or cause may pick one at random. There's no wrong choice when it comes to selecting a charity, as long as it's a reputable organization with a proven track record for the wise allocation of donated dollars.
Once you've selected a charity, it's usually a good idea to get in touch with a representative from the organization. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is one organization that receives numerous requests each week from groups and people interested in throwing a fundraising event.
Kate Myers, Foundation Program Coordinator at Children's Healthcare, says, "Children's is very fortunate that people want to plan events to benefit the organization. It makes my job fun and exciting because I get to talk to an array of different individuals who have either had a personal experience with Children's or who care deeply about the organization."
Often, established nonprofits are happy to provide valuable guidance and ideas to help you put on a successful event. After all, charities are in the business of raising money, so they have a good idea of what works and what typically doesn't.