When it comes to donating, people have their reasons to be skeptical and it's common that people do want to give. It's my belief that the thought of donating frequently goes through ones mind, but it doesn't always turn into action. Why?
Time. The thought drifts on to a whole long list of things that need to be accomplished. It's a thought and not an actual priority. The goodness of the heart doesn't win on this one when it comes to everyday responsibilities. When a person is on a schedule and the donation or serving time is not on that calendar, it's highly unlikely to happen. A person who is religious may prioritize a donation or giving to the church for the purpose of "tithing," but for those who aren't the priority is not quite defined for this matter.
The most common statement that I hear from people is, "I don't know where to donate." It's natural to be skeptical with all the local and abroad organizations. Also, where does the money go that is donated? Is it actually going towards the cause or is it going elsewhere? With bigger organizations like Doctors with Out Borders, The Red Cross, Amnesty International-donating is pretty safe and recommended. Although, it is my belief that people are in search of donating based off a passion, experience, or concern. It's recommended for someone to get in touch with that passion and find out a way to help.
Working with many different causes and exploring the passions within my heart. I have been blessed to work with some fantastic organizations. My fellow friends or travelers volunteered or have started their own great NGOs that are in need of funding. The truth is that every place can use a donation for something or someone in their program, but it is finding the right ones that are important.
Without visiting the organization, I can vouch for the amazing work they are doing and how you can help.
Instead of wondering where to give your money-give to a greater cause that has credibility. It may also spark a passion in you heart that encourages you to volunteer, adopt a child, or visit the organization personally.
Roatan Island, Honduras
Bombay Teen Challenge Human Trafficking
Cambodia Save the Children
Phrom Penh Cambodia
Crisis Care Centre
National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI)
Tibetan Centre For Human Rights
Water for People
Nicaragua and Central America