What to Look for in a Non Profit Organization

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Finding a trustworthy company to invest in can be a hassle because of the actual amount of companies there are in the world. You don’t want your well-earned money to be tossed aside or used negatively by some corrupt organization; you want to feel a sense of accomplishment and that your money is going towards something good.

Becoming a member of a non profit organization can be a great way to give you that sense of accomplishment as well as finding a great company to invest in.

What to Look for in a Non Profit Organization:

Credibility — Sure, there are companies that claim they’re a non profit organization, but be sure to do your research to ensure that you are in fact dealing with reputable non profit organizations.

Organization on the Rise — Be sure that the organization you are becoming a member of and donating to is not just a dead end. Luckily, the total charitable give rate increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2014, so the non profit industry is still on the rise, but, again, it’s very important to do research on whatever organization you are considering and find out if they have what you’re looking for.

Financially Secure — Obviously, non profit organizations are not in it for the money. But finding a company to invest in that knows what it’s doing with its finances is important. The non profit industry, in 2013, contributed more than $905 billion to the entire U.S. economy. There are plenty of reputable organizations out there.

Donation Path — Knowing exactly where your money is going once you donate is important as well. In 2014, Americans donated $353.3 billion, individuals being the largest source of that, donating more than $258 billion. Knowing that money is being used for the actual cause you’re trying to help is very important throughout the donating process.

Volunteer Opportunities — Volunteering has many terrific benefits, so finding an organization that allows you to take part can be very rewarding. In 2014, according to Urban Institute, 25.3% of all adults in the U.S. volunteered for a non profit organization. Over 8.5 billion hours were contributed by volunteers, which is the highest level recorded in the last 15 years.

Doing the necessary research when looking for a non profit organization is very important. Good luck, and have fun!