Even the most generous must be critical thinkers. Critical thinkers must question everything they are told as well as what they believe and even that which they consider to be common sense. As the holidays approach many requests for charitable donations will reach us through email, over the phone, at the mall, outside the grocery store and in church. It’s important to investigate before giving, however. That may sound very Scrooge-like, but it’s important to give intelligently. Not every charity is worthy of your hard-earned dollars.
Just because a charity has the words “national,” “American,” and “cancer” in its name doesn’t mean it is legitimate. Ask for more information and verify the claims before you hand over your cash or credit card information. It’s not Grinch-like to question things. It’s smart. For every bogus charity that gets your money, a legitimate organization is missing out.
Stick to what you know and those organizations close to your heart. Consider thinking ahead about how much you want to donate this season and where you can make the most impact. A donation of time in this tough economic situation could make a significant social contribution. Involve the whole family. This is an opportunity to set an example of critical thinking and social responsibility for your children.
Do you want to focus on feeding the hungry? How about contributing to research for a cure? Would you like to visit a nursing home? How about helping build a home for a needy family?
The possibilities are endless. Do some critical thinking and some research first and then contribute. Happy Holidays!