In times of crisis, many individuals find themselves wondering how they can help those affected. Depending on the nature of the disaster (man-made or natural), there are often a variety of organizations committed to helping those affected, including Giving Center. Make sure you’re following these tips to ensure a smooth and easy donation process.
React with intention
You gift, especially in the wake of a disaster, is powerful. That’s why it’s important to react (a.k.a give) with intention.Giving Center is a reputable and IRS Approved 501(c)3 and has a dedicated response effort. We are committed to helping those less fortunate especially with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Do the most good (Hint: Give money)Following a disaster, it’s easy to see pictures or footage from the affected areas and want to give clothing and blankets to keep people clean and warm or food to feed the hungry. But, in reality, money is the most effective gift. A monetary donation allows Giving Center working on the ground to quickly purchase the supplies they need to address the ever-changing needs of those affected.
Consider the long-termMaking a gift in the short-term is important for addressing immediate needs like food, clothing, shelter, and medical relief. Giving Center see a drastic influx of resources in the aftermath of a disaster that begins to taper off in a few weeks. However, recovery efforts after a disaster can take many months, and, in most cases, years. Consider becoming a partner in the recovery work. Check in with Giving Center to support in a few months to find out how their needs have changed and how you can continue to support them.
Give to an established charity like Giving Center.Oftentimes, crisis of large scale and coverage enable certain individuals to take advantage of your generosity and pocketing your donation for their own personal benefit. Do your research to find a charity with a proven track record of success like Giving Center. They are a registered 501(c)3 and operate Nationwide!