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Should you make a donation to a charity or just help by yourself?

If you are wondering what could be the best way to help those that needed it the most, and if should you make a donation to a charity or just help by yourself, then keep reading this article.

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Organizations can find better usage for the aid that you want to give 

Should you make a donation to a charity

Organizations have the experience and expertise to know how to use the funds in the best way, trying to obtain the best benefit.
Foundations usually have information to allocate resources where are needed most. 

A matter of credibility and importance of the organization

Opinions show that the size and relevance of the organization play a fundamental role when the general public is thinking about doing a contribution.

The effectiveness and size of the charity play a vital role in determining the effectiveness of the donation and its usage. 

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

“The  best charities can be at least 10 times better than a typical charity within the same area and hundreds of times better than poorly performing charities, while the worst charities can do harm.”

Is it more secure helping myself than giving money to others?

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Helping by yourself could have its pros and coons, things like giving money in cash can be more effective based on some opinions, such as the one expressed by NPR Organization since the delivery of other kinds of goods by governmental or charity association have the problem of assuming what the people need. 

Is Giving Out Cash With No Strings Attached The Best Way To End Poverty? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Not everybody is worried about the way that their donation is being used

Sources show that people don’t really care that much if the aid given is not being used properly since it’s something that is out of their control.

Sometimes the presentation of a lot of accountability can be perceived as suspicious by the general public since the general assumption is that the found in all organizations are being used properly 

 what if the recipients use the money in a way that I don’t approve of?

Sooner or later, people will have the final decision about how to expend the aid given, even if it’s not in cash, whatever good can be traded by the beneficiaries of the help, as a consequence the best option is to not overthink about the final usage of our collaboration. 

Are people afraid of corruption while giving money to a charity organization?

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Even though you may think that those organizations that are showing more information about the usage of funds and try to keep people confident about the use of their donation can receive more donations, some information shows that in general, this is not the case, and most of the time this is not a general preoccupation but something see just in particular individuals  ( maybe you are one of them) 

The overall effect of presenting the information was to reduce donations. Showing the ratings brought no more benefit to the high-rated charities than not showing them. “

-Caroline Fiennes: Presenting assessments of a charity's performance doesn't necessarily increase donations | Third Sector

Why some people rather giving money to charity instead of helping the poor by themselves 

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People believe that giving money to charity is more effective since they have the expertise and better resources to use the donation in the most effective way.

You can save time donating to an organization 

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Donating to charity is less time-consuming than doing it by yourself, it’s also most convenient for those who don’t have information about the way of helping by their own hand.

The brand of the foundation is important


Since the public tends to give donations if we are talking about a foundation recognized, instead of an anonymous organization, foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tends to attract a lot of attention and make donors willing to help.

Tax deductions 

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You can have tax deductions based on the country that you are located, in example in The United States of America the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers some deductions

Charitable Contribution Deductions | Internal Revenue Service (

Why do some people rather help the poor by themselves instead of giving charity?

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 You can have the perception that to help those who needed the most by yourself can be more effective.

Fear that the help is not being delivered.

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People can be afraid that the money is not reaching the intended recipients, or it’s not being used properly by the organization in charge to distribute the aid, however, it’s important to know that in most parts of the world, this is not as easy to do as you may think ( corruption inside charity organizations).

The laws that regulate donation in The United States are quite rigid

With charitable trust law, criminal law, and important attention to solicitations by the public for registrations and review of compliance politics, the trustworthiness of charity organizations is taken quite seriously in America. 

Disconnection with the vision of some organizations 

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 People it’s not really interested in the number and prompts offered by the charity, instead they are moved more by the heart and the particular narratives.


Social Media Influence others  to helping by themselves  

People can be influenced by others, we need to have into account that with social media we are seeing a proliferation of content where charity made from particulars is the main topic, not by organizations themselves.

James Steven Donaldson is an American YouTuber and philanthropist.

Physiological Reasons 

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There are psychological reasons why people feel better when help themselves, things like seeing the impact of the help in-live can produce a lot of satisfaction, releasing different chemicals in our brain that make us feel happiness and euphoria for what we are doing.

ts of kindness can also give our love hormone levels a boost, research suggests. Dr. IsHak says studies have also linked random acts of kindness to releasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that can give us a feeling of euphoria.”

Perhaps you rather using your abilities and energy to help.

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Using your skill, ability, and energy can give you satisfaction while you are contributing to a cause since you are feeling that the difference that you are doing in someone’s life is coming  from “directly within you”


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