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Thursday, August 09, 2007
Much Needed Guide to Intelligent Giving
The large majority of people are willing to help others. They could spare some money, if that means giving a hand to someone in real need. What people lack are time, information and trust. Time to search for the missing information and any kind of guarantee the money or goods they contribute are used as they would want them to be.

That’s why having an extensive database of all available charities might turn extremely useful and also convincing. That’s why I like Charity Navigator so much. What do they understand by Intelligent Giving? Well you start by searching their site and locating a charity you really believe in. You can search by category, alphabetically or by number of stars a charity has been awarded (stars range from 1 to 4).

The charity I have selected is Action Against Hunger. Charity Navigator has detailed information on each charity, including their usage of available funds, total revenues and comparisons with other similar charities. It gives you a feeling of transparency and helps build trust.

Foto from the AAH site.

Established in 1985, AAH is the US branch of Action Contre le Faim, an international, non-governmental, non-religious organization. Founded in Paris in 1979, ACF focuses on fighting hunger, malnutrition, physical suffering and the associated distress threatening the lives of children, women, and men in extreme situations such as wars, conflicts or natural disasters taking place around the globe. ACF has over 400 experts in fields such as nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation and public health working in 40 countries from 5 continents. The local teams ACF employs amount to 6,000 people.

Who is behind Charity Navigator? His name is a Navtej Kohli, a business owner doing a great job as a philanthropist. Mr. Kohli’s charity, the Tej Kohli Foundation has an experience of 5 years in philanthropic activities. As he explains, the personal experience one has when meeting those in need directly renders charity works efficient:

“It is quite something else to be presented with these images in the flesh, meeting disabled and impoverished children and their families face to face. For me, meeting such people changed my outlook on philanthropy and helped me to understand that calling a toll-free phone line or pledging a couple of dollars to a trust fund isn’t the same as actually working to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Take a tour of both Charity Navigator and the AAH presentation page and then decide for yourself how you’d rather help.

Brought by Mr. Navtej Kohli

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