- Determine what causes are most important to you and your family.
- Develop a list of charities engaged in that type of work.
- Then take that list and check each charity for evidence of questionable ethical practices. Visit their websites to see if they are committed to transparency by checking for their financial data, Board list and so on. Be sure to also check Charity Navigator’s News Feed tab for reports of problems.
- Next, check each of the few charities left on your list to see if they can offer you an evidence of their impact. You can do this by visiting their website and/or by talking with the staff. You want to learn about the quality and depth of the charity's results as well as their capacity to continue to get these results in the future.
- Finally, map out a plan and budget for the year and let each of the few organizations you've chosen know your intentions. Knowing your plan helps a charity keep its fundraising expenses at a minimum while focusing on the programs you intended to support in the first place.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
2010 Philanthropic Goals
Follow these steps to create your 2010 giving plan.