Your Checklist When Choosing An Orphan Sponsorship Program
You know that you want to participate in charity relief by becoming a part of an orphan sponsorship program, but you're also well aware of scams and dishonest organizations that do not put your money to good use. At Life for Relief and Development, we want you to be aware of the boxes you need to check in order to be sure that the organization you choose is legitimate. Let's take a look at some of the things you'll want to consider to help you verify that the organization you're working with is doing the right thing with your hard earned money.
Check their history. While new organizations can be great, it's best to find a charity that's been around for a long time. A history of a decade or more of charitable work can help you rest assured that your money is going to the right places.
Check with the IRS. The IRS website has a tool that allows you to search for tax exempt charitable organizations. You should be able to find any United States based charity in the database. If a charity does not show up, it's a good sign that they're a scam or a for-profit organization.
Be wary of 100% claims. If an organization claims that 100% of your charitable donation will go to your orphan sponsorship, you'll want to investigate the organization further. All charities have administrative costs, and it's rare that 100% of any donation can go directly to a person in need. Just like any business, a charity has to pay its employees, pay for insurance, pay for office space, etc. Some of the donations they receive go to administrative costs, and a reputable organization will be up front about this fact.
If you're searching for a charity relief organization to work with to begin an orphan sponsorship, Life for Relief and Development would love to talk with you. If you have any questions about our orphan sponsorship program, or any other aspect of our organization, we'd be happy to talk with you and get you the answers you need so that you feel comfortable moving forward.