For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin FranklinWhen you're better organized and your environment is uncluttered, your mind can relax and focus. You're more efficient and productive. And it's easier to be spontaneous when you can find your car keys and have a handle on your schedule! What if you knew you could get organized... and stay organized? Would you be willing to invest some time now so that you could have more time everyday to spend on the activities and people that matter to you?
It’s end of the year and the charities are out in force with their hands outstretched. Do you succumb to every request? Or do you give nothing out of overwhelm? Having a strategy will help make this process more satisfying and deserving charities will appreciate you.
Who to give to?
How often to give?
Taking control of how often you give helps avoid feeling pressured every time you get a solicitation in the mail.
Do you give a donation and later find yourself inundated with multiple requests from other charities?
Charities have varying privacy policies. According to Charity Navigator, the more small donations you give, the more likely your name will be sold to other organizations. Charities are more likely to protect the privacy of their larger donors. The reason is; small donations barely cover the cost of processing them. They can make more money by selling your name. Once you establish your list of favorite charities, just recycle any solicitations that aren’t on your list.
What to do with all the solicitations that flood the mail?
This depends on how complete your list of charities is. If you feel the need to hang onto solicitations to consider “later” create one box or folder to catch them and sift through them regularly to eliminate duplicates.
Does this make giving any easier? If so, then go out there and share the wealth.