By Dyanna Garcia
What is a charity? There are many ways of describing or defining a charity because they all have different purposes. In general terms, a charity is a voluntary organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need. These charities could be for educational purposes, health charities, animal charities, art and culture charities and international charities.
How do charities help? Charities bring people together who care about a specific cause to help make a difference. Charities help in many ways such as giving direct financial support, giving information, and/or raising awareness of an issue.
According to HowCharitiesWork, they state “Research conducted for the Charity Commission in 2014 showed that 40% of the public say that they or their close family or friends have benefited from or used the services of a charity.” More recent studies from PND by Candid states, “Charitable giving increased 7.5 percent in the first half of 2020.”
Where can I find them? All different types of charities can be found on two websites known as Charity Navigator and Guidestar.org.
Ways to donate: Though charities greatly appreciate the money given, they also appreciate volunteered time. Involving volunteers in charities can help engage people in a more diverse range of skills, knowledge, and experience.