With so many worthwhile causes out there it can be hard to pick which charity to donate to. A helpful way to choose between many choices it to look at their financial reports to see how much money of donations actually goes to the cause. Some cause have a lot of overhead causes which reduce your donation dollars at work. Unfortunately, there are others who abuse what people give, but do not let that discourage donations.
Of course charitable organizations have to spend some money on fund raising but some spend much more than others. It is important to know how your donation will be used to make sure it is going to your cause instead of fund raising or other overhead expenses.
Before donating to a charity, research the program and how to allocate donation money. If you are unfamiliar with a charity it is better to wait before giving to make sure it is legitimate as well as a good charity. You can easily search online to get a lot of information about various charities.
Some organizations will use big impact names to draw attention but their actual purpose and funding is not used as one would think. This is another reason to thoroughly research the charity that you are giving to prior to your donation.
Be wary of solicitations by telephone as there are many scams and it is hard to know which is legitimate. It is best to ask them to give you more information by mail or if they have a website you can view. This way if it turns out it is a cause you wish to support you can do so after you have done your research and not before.