Give wisely and give often

We’ve worked hard for our money. And now we want to give some of it back to the community. We’ve seen the donation kettles and the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy ads. But my watchword is to check before I write the check. Is the charity legitimate or has it just picked a worthy-sounding name? And how much of my donation goes to the cause as opposed to administrative costs? Continue reading “Give wisely and give often”

Give, Baby, Give!

 

I’ve been hearing a lot of people wondering out loud about what they can do to be involved in their community these days.  Maybe it’s the holiday season gaining importance now that the Presidential election has come to an end.  Maybe it has to do with a certain speech that many of us heard recently…

Whatever the reason, if you are wondering how you can help your community, here are a few places to start figuring out where you can give your time, money, or expertise:

City of Seattle – Information about volunteering and donating in Seattle.

United Way of King County – Search for giving and volunteering opportunities in King County.

Charity Navigator – “Your guide to intelligent giving.”  Search for charities by place and topic.  Includes a charity blog, articles, top ten lists and detailed information about what your gift is doing.

Volunteer Match – Match your time and talents to volunteer needs in the community. 

Idealist.org – International resource where you can search for volunteer opportunities, organizations, non-profit jobs, campaigns, and more.  You can also join or start an “Idealist group”, discussion groups from all over the world sharing ideas and information about community.

Charity Watch – The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) rates over 500 charities and provides excellent links to find out more.

The Seattle Public Library has a great list of volunteer information for teens, that has both teen specific and all-ages volunteer information.

Or, check out a book about giving and volunteering from the library!

If you have a suggestion for ways people can give to their community or find out about volunteer opportunities, please let Seattle know by leaving your comments. 

Give, Baby, Give!