Inner Workings of Charities & NPOs

What can happen to volunteers I mean can things go awry real quick? Here are some really unfortunate yet true cases of situations that just went to the dogs. Once a volunteer ran a stop sign while on agency business and he ended up hitting another vehicle that paralyzed the driver from the neck down. The volunteer had personal coverage but it had lapsed so the agency’s van coverage came into question with the claim settling at 2 million! While clearing a field, volunteers were using chainsaws and one of them lost sight in one eye after something flew in. Settlement reached $1 million. In another case, a volunteer was found to be sexually exploiting children for nearly four years even though the NPO had [&hellip

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Charities tend to call up out of the blue trying to get you to donate to their causes. While many happen to be trustworthy and hardworking charities there are many who are just fronts for scams and information laundering. Finding out the fakes from the actual charities is your responsibility and here is how you can do just that. Who’s Calling – Find This Out Phone calls do not give a lot of credibility but it often is the first point of contact for non-profit organizations and non-profit telemarketers. Unfortunately, many of these telemarketers tend to keep back a good size of the donation for their own pockets rather than sharing with the charity they are promoting. Always ask the person to identify themselves. Find [&hellip

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It always feels good to donate to any charitable organization. While you may not be giving your time, a little money does not hurt you but can surely help a charity achieve its objectives. However, before you mindlessly give your money away because you like an ad campaign or your friend recently donated – you should do a thorough research. Here are a few questions to ask prior to donation. How clear is the charity with its objectives and goals? If a charity is not clear on its programs and missions, then how can they deliver on the promises? Out of ten charitable organizations, only two or three tend to be rigid and structured with respect to what they want to achieve. These are the [&hellip

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Matching Your Time And Skills

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If you haven’t yet narrowed down on a few charities you are excited about volunteering for then check out our previous post, “Recognizing The Right Charity For You”. Now that you have shortlisted a few charities you find suitable for your time, what next? Well, you have to figure out what exactly you can offer, both in terms of quality and quantity. First contact the charities and find out what volunteering needs they have and assess whether your skills match those specific requirements. Many of these charities may ask you to drop by for an interview – do not be surprised. In fact, if you are selected you may need to attend training before they accept you into their programs. Hence, always self-assess before approaching [&hellip

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Charities need volunteers. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a charitable organization today without the help of reliable volunteers. By volunteering, these organizations are able to conduct free tasks that otherwise would cost a lot. Besides, most charities tend to be under-staffed and under-funded. As a volunteer you can be asked to do menial labor such as stuffing envelopes to tutoring children or even feeding animals. There are several tasks a volunteer does and nothing is set in stone. However, volunteers can go as high as serving on the board of directors too for charitable organizations. Regardless of your aspirations as a volunteer for a Charitable organization, here are a few things to keep in mind when volunteering. Find Charities That Match With Your [&hellip

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