One thing I noticed while doing my taxes this year was that I didn’t donate enough money to charities. That’s based on my own arbitrary judgment, of course, but I bet a lot of people reading this would feel the same way if they thought about it.
I’ve found that I’m most likely to donate to charities where I both believe in the cause and have a friend who’s vested in the cause in some way. It may be due to their work, and event they decided to participate in, or as a result of a medical issue they’ve contracted.
Here are a few organizations I’ve donated to and trust based on personal connections. I haven’t researched the efficacy of any of these, but donated based on the relationships I have with the people who suggested donating:
Take 5 minutes and $25 to make a statement by supporting a non-profit that matters to you.
Then tell your friend about the donation you made.
It will be the best $25 you spend all day.