Every Christian knows the importance of helping out the poor and the needy, which is why so many Christians donate whatever they can to a range of Christian charities. In this guide we shall look at how to choose a charity.
How to Choose the Best Christian Charity
One of the easiest ways to help you choose the best Christian charity is to support something that is close to your heart. There are literally thousands of charities around the world – many are Christian and others are secular.
There are all types of charities that Christians choose to donate to – and a variety of ways that you can donate – not necessarily with money. When choosing the right charity for your donation you should look at a series of factors that we shall cover below to help you make the most informed decision.
Types of Christian Charities
There are all different types of Christian charities – so the first question you need to ask yourself is what is important to you and who do you want to help?
Perhaps you want to help children, or maybe you care about the environment or animals. This is a good place to start as it will help you narrow down your search for a charity.
Many Christians choose to sponsor a child – which can either be in your home country or on the other side of the world. You monthly donation can help provide them with a fresh start to life – including clean water, food and an education.
Some charities are run directly by churches or missionaries whereas others are run by a range of people from all religious backgrounds. You may want to decide if this factor is important to you when choosing a charity.
You will also need to decide whether you want your donation to make a different at a local community level or on a global level. There will be charities and churches in your area that take donations to help the poor within your own community whereas others can help the lives of those on the other side of the world.
Ways you can donate to Christian Charities
Just as there are all sorts of types of Christian charities there are also a huge number of ways you can donate to them – even if you don’t have much money to spend.
Millions of Christians volunteer each year – even if you can only spare a couple of hours a week it can make a huge difference to someone’s life. Perhaps you want to help out at your local animal shelter or child orphanage. These are great ways of being charitable.
As we mentioned before, many Christians choose to sponsor a child – and this generally involves a monthly monetary donation of between $30 and $50. You can also similarly sponsor villages and communities in poor areas – or if you can not commit to that financially you can make one off payments and donations that will go to helping make a difference to poor individuals and communities.
Clothes, food and other items are also a great way of donating to charity. There is no point throwing away items that you no longer need when someone else could make use of them. If this is the sort of donation you want to make then speak to your friends and family to find out about any charities in your area that accept these donations. Many churches, as well as the Salvation Army, run regular collection drives.
Things to Look out for when Choosing a Charity
Before choosing a charity you should always make sure that it is registered and that your donations will be used wisely. Some businesses claiming to be charities actually take profits from their donations – which is not a good choice for a Christian charity.
All registered charities must make their financial statements public, so always have a look at these to see what their overheads are. It is best to avoid companies that spend huge amounts of money of advertising and marketing as this means that less of your money and donations are going directly to the cause you intend.