I will never forget going Christmas shopping for presents to support a family my office adopted during the holidays. The parents did not want anything; their desire was only to provide gifts for their children. Almost simultaneously, a temp employee also began expressing her dire condition, so more money went into the charity pot – from me and others. After my office’s offerings were distributed to these people, I found out disparaging details about them. Neither parties were in need and they had taken advantage of my co-workers and me.
Should you help a charity promoted by your employer?
- Research the charity. Are they legitimate? Do they thoroughly check out the individuals they aid? Visit their Website and read up on their history, standards and success stories. Also, go to Charity Navigator and plug in the entity’s name. There, a rating is applied to a charity, which shines a light on their track record.
- Question in-house sob stories. They are tales of woe you only hear from fellow employees around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Unfortunately, some men and women take advantage of co-workers they think are better off than them. Don’t be a victim. Express your condolences to the person, but send them through the proper channels your company has set up to assist employees suffering financially.
- Consider your values. What do you believe in? Are you a Christian and/or strong supporter of women’s rights? Consider your values when deciding whether or not to help a charity promoted by your employer. Giving to another human being is much easier if his or her plight coincides with a cause you feel strongly about.
- Go with your gut feeling. Instinct is often a barometer for danger. (See Top 10 Human Reflexes and Natural Instincts) If yours starts to tingle in a negative way when a charity is brought to your attention by a co-worker or visiting rep, keep your money in your pocket. Use your hard-earned dollars to support an organization that you feel good about.
- Visit the charity. This last point takes more effort, but can be very enlightening. If the charity you are thinking about giving to is local, go for a visit. Take a tour. Speak to the director. Find out what they are really all about.
In conclusion, the above five tips can help you determine whether or not to help a charity promoted by your employer. Be smart and make sure you are giving to a reputable, worthwhile charity.
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