I came back from Cambodia a few days ago. It was a lovely trip, full of ancient temples, tasty food, and friendly people. Of course I also encountered some of the problems still facing Cambodian society. Seeing victims of landmines with missing limbs as well as warnings about criminal penalties for having sex with children are stark reminders that serious problems persist.
Last week I wrote about giving to charity without opening your wallet. But if you do have the ability, consider giving some money to organizations that address significant issues at home or abroad.
We all know that the world is rife with challenges, from pollution to violence to poverty. Many good organizations exist to meet these challenges. A blog post I once read said, “instead of complaining about bad people doing bad things, support good people doing good things.” That’s precisely what your financial donation to sound charities can do.
I’ve been a long time supporter of the Global Fund for Women and the Environmental Defense Fund. I’m not a big donor who gives thousands every year. But I give what is appropriate for me and trust that my support contributes to the betterment of the world.
If you are unsure about what organizations to give to, ask yourself what causes you feel most strongly about and then find good non-profits that work in those areas. Charity Navigator is a great site to help you find and evaluate charities. See their video on how to choose a charity.
In addition, here are a couple of good articles from the New York Times: Giving Where It Works highlights some great organizations that really have an impact in the U.S. or abroad. Crowd Funding is about smaller scale giving, often directly to people in need, that provide you with more involvement and effectiveness for your funds.
You can make an impact with your financial resources, no matter the amount. Lend a helping hand and together, we can make the world a better place.