Strategic Giving

How to choose the right charity for business giving

Ending poverty. Providing clean water. Fighting hunger. Sending disaster relief. Eliminating child trafficking. What causes align with your business strategy?

Here are three quick and simple steps to help you choose a responsible charity that aligns with your business needs and maximizes your contribution:

  1. See what others are saying— Use websites like Charity WatchGuideStar, and the Better Business Bureau Charity Reviews page to research charitable organizations by name or keyword. These sites summarize important information like each organization’s IRS tax status. Click around the organization’s website and social media pages to see what people are saying and find out how and where money is spent.
  2. Ask questions— If you see something concerning, confusing, or can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to the organization through their website, over the phone, or on social media. Healthy nonprofits are equipped to explain their business models and share resources about why and how they operate.
  3. Identify your best way to give — Organizations often have many ways to give and different models of giving to work with all kinds of businesses — from cash donations to gift catalogs, cause marketing and workplace giving campaigns, and even surplus products. Whether you’re passionate about medical aid, clean water, or mother and child health, seek a donation avenue that best expands your contributions.

Don’t forget to check out World Vision! What sets World Vision apart is our holistic, sustainable approach to community development and our donor-centric model of corporate giving. We offer business solutions that meet your needs, while providing valuable support for the most vulnerable children, women, and men around the world. Our local, community-based staff members ensure that development efforts are sustainable and impactful. In fact, of our nearly 40,000 staff worldwide, 95 percent work in their home country or region.

World Vision is proud to be reviewed and held accountable by independent third-party organizations including Charity Watch, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and the Better Business Bureau. Did you know that for each dollar donated to World Vision, more than a dollar’s worth of help gets to children and families? We’re always working to keep our overhead rate low. In 2017, we used 85 percent of our total operating expenses for programs that benefit children, families, and communities.

Find out how other companies are partnering with World Vision, and how their partnerships are making significant progress in ending extreme poverty worldwide.

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