Genuinely during the holiday season, we turn our attention to those organizations that take care of those less fortunate than us. With the recent events of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation that hit us so close to home, I’m sure many more people will be wanting to help in some way. Of course with anything, there are people who try to scam those who want to do good. How do you find those worthy organizations to ensure that your contribution goes to where it can do the most good? There are some websites that can help you.
Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) provides you the financial health for thousands of charities and nonprofits located in the United States. They also have a tool which helps you match your specific interest to the right organization.
JustGive.org (justgive.org) is the first nonprofit organization to channel the power of the internet for online giving. Their commitment to charitable causes inspires them to create new ways to learn about and support virtually any charity and at anytime. They also have a track donation tool.
Givewell (givewell.org) is an independent, nonprofit charity evaluator. They find outstanding giving opportunities and publish the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. Their primary focus is on how well programs actually work – i.e., their effects on the people they serve.
The Cancer Concern Center, a local nonprofit cancer support group located in Point Pleasant Beach, was greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their annual fundraiser, which was scheduled for early November, was cancelled due to the power loss and events of the Hurricane. They have rescheduled their event to April of 2013 but right now they can use donations to keep the Center open and the Support Meetings ongoing. They are also offering Support Groups for those that lost their homes to the Hurricane. To help support this wonderful local charity, please visit their website at cancerconcerncenter.com.
Being based at the Jersey Shore, another charity to consider is the New Jersey Relief Fund which was formed by our Governor, Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie. The devastation to the Jersey Shore is still unimaginable and we have a long road ahead but we are Jersey Strong and we will come back. To make a donation to the New Jersey Relief Fund, visit sandynjrelieffund.org.