The developing world is facing a number of problems. Poverty, famine and sickness seem to be persistent difficulties. Those who are of a charitable frame of mind want to reach out and help those who are in desperate situations.
When donating to developing countries, it is important to keep several different factors in mind. These factors concern what charities a person donates to, and how to measure a charity’s results.
Choose an Effective Charity
Not every charity that tries to help those in the developing world is doing a good job. Some charities raise a lot of money, but much of the money raised goes to administrative expenses and more fundraising. A low percentage of the money raised goes to programs.
Sometimes, the money that actually goes to programs is not used effectively. Money itself will not help if it is not used in such a way that brings benefits and solutions.
One should always check out a charity thoroughly before making a donation. Charity Watch and Charity Navigator both publish online reports about the most prominent charities. Detailed information is provided on what a charity does, and how much is actually spent each year on programs of assistance.
Consider Microcharity, where a small amount of money could immediately make a direct and significant impact in someone’s life without delay from anything including politics or bureaucracy. Read the news or research to see who is the most deserving or in the most need in a given area.
Keep a Proper Perspective
When donating to help the developing world, there are certain things to take into consideration. Patience is required to see results. There are many problems in the developing world that are entrenched problems, which are not going to be solved overnight. It may take many years for a program to start really making a difference.
If one is giving to an organization that is trustworthy, that organization will have people on the ground in a given area that will know what the needs are and how best to meet the needs. The best charitable organizations work with local people to achieve results.
Also, if a person is a very wealthy donor, they might believe that they know exactly how to solve a problem in the developing world. If a charity isn’t doing things their way, they may donate their money elsewhere. In giving, it is sometimes a good idea to listen to what others have to say and see if they might know best in terms of how to achieve results.
Giving to those in the developing world requires care and diligence. It can be difficult to keep giving when great results aren’t seen immediately. However, if one finds a trustworthy charity, it is worth sticking with them for the long haul.