If you are planning on attempting a charity bike ride – such as a London to Paris cycle – it is important to choose a good charity to give your money to. If you are going to be spending a lot of time and effort raising money for a charity and taking a very long bike ride, you want to make sure that the charity you choose is one that is worth investing in.
The amount of money that you raise at a charity event doesn’t make much of a difference if the money doesn’t get to the right place where it matters. There are plenty of illegitimate bogus charities out there, as well as many wasteful and ineffective ones. It is important to do your research and make sure that the money you earn is going to have a positive impact.
Choosing a Charity
Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a charity to raise money for:
- Start by doing a quick Google search. It’s amazing how much information you will find out there on the web. Take a look at the online reputation of the charity and read what others say about it in reviews.
- It is also a good idea to perform a search for the name of the non-profit leader, so that you can find out about them and whether they are perceived as doing a good job running the charity.
- You can also Google the operating expenses of the charity. How much money goes to running the charity itself compared to how much money really goes to the cause that the charity is trying to support?
- Check out a website like com, which is a directory of charities that shows information such as operating expenses and budgets.
- Find out what percentage of people who work at the charity are actually donating to that charity. You wouldn’t buy a product from someone who wouldn’t buy their own product, so why donate to a charity that the staff of the charity wouldn’t support?
- Talk to other people about the charity. Your friends and family might have heard different things about it, so they can be a good potential source of information.
- Think about whether the work that the charity does is supplemental, or vital to life. For example, many would argue that it is more morally valuable to give to a charity that will save a life rather than one that supports cultural activities such as the arts. Look into where the greatest need is and see how you can help those people.
- Another perspective is that it is not morally better to focus on the needs of those within your own country over others – the more relevant criteria is the relative need of the charity recipients and how efficient the support is delivered.
- Listen to your gut. If something feels a little bit “off” to you, it probably is.
- Do you have a feeling of trust for the charity? You are working hard to raise money for them, so you should feel comfortable trusting them.
- When you are cycling for charity the money that you raise will help real people and change lives for the better. Why not cycle for a cause that is close to your heart, such as a charity that has helped you or a loved one in the past?
- You can call the charity and speak to one of the leaders, asking them questions about how the charity works and what they do.
- Ask the charity for data that tracks their activities, so that you can see a measurable impact of their actions. Of course, keep in mind that some problems are very difficult to solve, so give some credit and leeway to charities that are striving to overcome these problems but not getting anywhere yet.
- Beware any charity that has an aim which is too complicated to explain in one sentence. It should be simple – the more complex the cause the less likely your money will be put to good use.
Keep these tips in mind when choosing a charity to support on a long distance cycling journey, so that you can put your money to a good cause!
Originally posted 2015-11-06 10:58:29.