Learning More about an Organization before Donating Cash
Charity groups of all sizes rely on donors to fund their programs and services. Without the goodwill of people who empathize with or believe in the cause, these entities could not exist.
As reliant on donations as they are, however, they still have an obligation to be transparent with the public about their functions and to what individuals or campaigns they themselves give money. Before you donate to a group like Greenpeace, the United Way, or the National Endowment for Democracy, you might want to research its primary mission statement and discover what functions it undertakes during a typical fiscal year.
Disbursement of Cash
The donations that people give to a charitable organization are typically part and parceled out for specific purposes. While a certain portion might be kept for covering administrative costs or paying employees’ wages, the other portion is often directly sent to people or entities that the charity supports.
It is this disbursement that you might be interested in as a donor. You presumably do not want your cash going to causes you do not support and political systems with which you do not agree.
Before you donate any money to the Goodwill, Catholic Charities, or the National Endowment for Democracy business committee, you can find out where the money goes and what systems it funds by reading its resource summary reports. These reports disclose important facts like how much money the group has received and where the money was spent throughout the fiscal year. Based on these findings, you can decide whether or not to donate your own cash or in what increments if you prefer.
Understanding the Reasoning behind the Funding
You might wonder after reading the report why a particular political system or campaign had to be funded in the first place. After all, cannot democracy be implemented without a huge cash flow to finance the mission? Is it not just a matter of the citizens voting for the candidates they want in office?
In fact, setting up and maintaining a healthy democracy is much more complicated than mere voting. It does in fact require a healthy flow of cash coming into the campaign and sustaining the system that leaders want to put in place of existing forms of government.
The money provides a mean for getting the word out to citizens and setting up facilities that will allow for easier voting. Without the money, people may be ignorant about the cause or have no way to cast their votes at all.
These funds can be particularly critical in places in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa where democracy tends to be more fragile if not poorly financed. Fraud and corruption run rampant in nations where people earn small incomes and barely make ends meets. They are easily intimidated and lied to by leaders who are hungry for power.
The money that you donate to political organizations behind democratic campaigns overseas protects burgeoning democracies from fraud and intimidation. You can contribute to a better way of life for people who otherwise would be at the whim of corrupt dictators who give little if any recognition to the will of the voters. You could directly have a hand in creating democracies where these people have a say in the governance of their countries.