Google+ Authentic Parenting: How to Support Charities

Monday, June 24, 2013

How to Support Charities

guest post provided by RSPCA

Times are hard, there is no doubt about that. People are losing jobs or struggling to hold on to the jobs that they have without any prospect of a raise to keep up with the rising cost of living. In such a climate, many people are looking closely at their finances and deciding what they can do without: they might start shopping at less expensive stores; going out less often; doing without their second car; moving to more affordable housing … stopping giving donations to charity.

This last one is causing problems for the UK’s charities, which are totally reliant on public donations. They get no help from the government other than a tax break and as people stop making regular donations it becomes ever harder for charities to make ends meet and to plan for future spending projects. Take the RSPCA, for instance: a drop in the number of regular donors not only means that they have less money to support the animals in their care, they are also less likely to be able to commit to building more shelters or taking in as many animals in the future.

Of course, monetary donations do help considerably. But if you really cannot afford to give money yourself, you could do one of two things.

Firstly, you could try some fundraising. Use social media sites to spread the word, or do it the old fashioned way by going door to door. Asking people for money is not easy, but it is easier if you are passionate about, and fully understand, what the money will be used for. Donating to a charity as a whole can be a bit ‘faceless’ and people may be reluctant to contribute. They may say they already donate monthly to the RSPCA, for example. But if you have a particular, named project that you want to raise funds for then people are more likely to donate anyway.

RSPCA ‘Choices’ allows people to choose a project that is particularly dear to their hearts, organised by local area, or type of animal or by degree of need. All you need to do is choose a project, create a fundraising page (very easy, just add your name and a brief message about why you want to support that project, plus how you plan to raise the money) and spread the word. You’ll get updates about how much money you’ve raised and how that is helping your particular project. You can make sure that the money you raise goes where you want it to.

Secondly, you could volunteer at your local shelter or for the RSPCA through their website, which lists volunteer vacancies. Time is a precious gift and without volunteers the RSPCA and other charities would just not function: all the money raised would go on wages, not on the animals. You don’t need specific experience and you may find that you have skills and talents that you didn’t realise you had, or that you’ve never really appreciated before. All you need to do is be able to offer a little of your time on a regular basis and the charity of your choice can find you something worthwhile to do to support their cause.

Even if you haven’t got a penny left after all your expenses each month you can help the RSPCA charity immeasurably.



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