I have struggled for the last several years deciding the best way to give to others. With so many charities, how do you choose? How do you know the charity is actually doing what they say and getting your funds to those most in need? While listening to NPR I learned of an organization, The Life You Can Save.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. They hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
For this reason, they spread knowledge of what all of us can do to reduce poverty and encourage people to publicly pledge a percentage of their income to highly effective aid organizations.
The Life You Can Save lists the charities they feel are the most worthy. They choose charities that deliver cost-effective and transparent programs. Sadly, many charity organizations run with high overhead, so when you give them money, a lot of times it does not even go to the ones you want to help, but to pay for salaries of their own workers and other inflated administrative costs. Of the 10 charities listed as the most effective organizations, our family picked one to support. We chose Give Directly.
Here is what they do:
A radical new way to give: DIRECTLY
1. You donate through their website.
2. They locate poor households in Kenya and Uganda.
3. They transfer your donation electronically to a recipient’s cell phone.
4. The recipient uses the transfer to pursue his or her own goals.
Pretty cool huh? I recommend checking out their website. They have done a ton of research, pinpointed the families most in need and conducted case studies to implement the best strategies. But as I said, there are 10 listed on this site dealing with a number of issues. They are all great charities doing great work. If everyone chose one to support, think of what we could do!