Getting the Most From Giving

Getting the Most From Giving

As the population continues to grow so do those requiring aid and assistance. There are thousands of charities looking for donations and funding, with extremely varied needs, so how do we as individuals decide where our time and donations will have the greatest impact?

How to Find Your Charity Match

First and foremost, it is necessary to identify a cause that is important you, do an inventory of your own values, perhaps an issue you have had personal experience with will resonate the most with you.  Once you have an idea about which area you would like to support the next step is identifying an organization that aligns with your cause. It is then necessary to identify an organisation that targets that specific issue and determining whether you feel that organisation approaches their objectives in an impactful manner. There are certain aspects to consider when selecting your charity, including whether the organization is financially healthy, insuring they are able to make a real impact in achieving their objective. The level of transparency of the organization is also significant as this speaks to the organization’s ethics and the sense of accountability it has to its supporters and mission. An excellent tool to help you identify organizations that fit this bill are websites, such as Charity Navigator, which will rate charities according to how well they meet these and other criteria. A reputable organization will clearly define its mission and programs clearly, it will have measurable goals and will use concrete criteria to designate its progress and achievements. Confirming legitimacy and identifying a charity that embodies the above will give you peace of mind, knowing that what you donate will in fact be used appropriately and make a real impact.

If you require additional information contact a charity directly to find out more. A respectable and trustworthy organization will be willing to discuss their program and finances, they will not use pressure tactics to elicit support, they will be willing to direct you to additional resources such as websites or published literature on their work and if you decide your support is better given else where they will take “no” for an answer.

Having done due diligence and identified which organization fits with your ideals and goals the next thing is to decide on what form of assistance you want to and are able to give. Do you want to assist financially or give of your time? For many donors getting actively involved and being hands on is part of a fulfilling experience. Your identified charity or foundation will be able to give you additional information on ways in which you can help, this is central to ensuring what you do has the greatest effect. Small donations can have a large impact if handled correctly.

ANRF Fits the Bill

Currently around a quarter of Adults in the US will have a form of doctor diagnosed arthritis, which amounts to around 55 million adults. Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are a leading cause of work disability among US adults. Between medical costs and lost wages, the national cost of arthritis is in excess of $300 billion. Given these statistics it is clear that arthritis and other autoimmune conditions are issues with far reaching effects. This making it a cause that would be personal to a large number of people. As such ANRF is a foundation that would align with the objectives of many donors.

The mission at ANRF is clearly delineated – To provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Measurable milestones are clearly a part of the foundation’s ethos with over 250 scientists being funded since the foundation’s inception, there are direct links between the research funded by ANRF and new therapeutics with researchers presenting their work in respected journals and at prestigious conferences. ANRF achieved the platinum seal of transparency from Guidestar and has received the highest four-star rating by Charity Navigator for over 11 years, placing it in the top 1% of US charities, an astonishing 91 cents from each dollar being placed directly into research. Annual reports and other publications are immediately available on the ANRF website, ensuring donors can track the progress being made by the foundation.

ANRF makes donating easy and offers a large variety of ways in which people can contribute. Racing For A Cure is a platform by which people can participate in activities from recreational sports such as running to art and craft projects and use these activities to raise both funds and awareness. Many donors opt to use special occasions from birthdays and weddings to graduations as a tool to raise money, again this is easily done via the organisations Facebook page. ANRF has also been honored to receive bequests as donations, ensuring a person’s giving spirit is remembered and their legacy has real impact. The ANRF giving guide, available here, outlines all the ways in which donors can support the fight to find a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune conditions.

At ANRF all support is valued, no donation or time spent is too small. So if you are looking for an organization to support, consider ANRF as your choice safe in the knowledge that the ANRF has demonstrated true commitment to it’s cause and your support will have the greatest impact possible. Together we can #CureArthritis!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Chruchill

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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