I’ve resisted talking too much about money as a way to make a difference. I know there are always organizations wiling to accept donations, and some of them ask every third day during dinner. It doesn’t feel like the most meaningful way to make a difference, because I suppose I’m not in the demographic that can give enormous amounts (yet). If you ARE in that demographic, then maybe giving money feels more impactful.


If you take the time to seek out organizations you care about and that do a great deal with your donation, then the effort would feel more complete. And you could honestly tell the people soliciting that you’d already allocated your donations to important causes. (Unless it’s Jimmy the boy scout at your front door. In which case, you’ll probably end up buying a $25 bag of caramel corn.)


Donations matter in any size, however, so it’s good to know where your money goes.


Luckily, you don’t have to do the hard work of researching every charity and nonprofit that comes knocking. I’ve posted websites below that review charity practices along a number of measures, so you can be sure that your dollar does the most it can. (Aside from being folded up into a ring, which a friend of mine used to do. Like money origami.)


Purposeful Action: Check out the websites below for organizations that address your core issue.


Search locally, and then cast a wider net. Ultimately, you decide where you put your efforts. I have read that sending money to smaller organizations can actually have a larger impact, but that may depend entirely on the subject and group.



You can also use these websites to research other organizations that you’d be interested in working with, supporting, and learning more about. Bookmark what strikes you as a good fit and check out their webpages to see if they have any immediate need, or a need that matches your interest and skills.


We become skillful at taking action by taking action.

– Gregg Krech, The Art of Taking Action