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How to Find Reputable Organizations to Help Give Back

The world is a crazy and unpredictable place, especially as of late. Although there is much to be sad about in the world, there is also hope coming from many places. With a global pandemic, natural disasters and other issues happening in the world, many organizations have stepped up to help lend a hand. If this is your first time giving to a certain cause or organization, you want to make sure that your donation is going directly to the matters that mean the most! Check out these tips to ensure you can find reputable organizations that are helping give back to so many great causes around the world. 

 

Do Your Research

The first step to knowing and trusting an organization is to look at their track record and do some research. Luckily, this is relatively easy given the amount of information available in the world today. In the past, this step would have been much more difficult. Luckily for you, these research steps won’t take up much of your time, and you’ll be on your way to supporting your favorite organizations and causes in no time!

 

  • Look at the Organization’s Web Presence
    First impressions are everything, which is why you should start at the root of the organization—their online presence. Take a look at the quality of the website, as well as their social media presence. If the organization hasn’t posted anything new in years or their website looks like it has been around since the dawn of the internet, you’ll want to ensure the organization is still going strong.
     
  • Find the Nonprofit’s 501(c)3 Status
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a list of charities and nonprofit organizations you can search through to find the organization you’re looking to support. 
     
  • Read Reviews
    Just like going to a restaurant or doing business with a new company, we’re living in the 21st century. Reviews exist in places like Google or Facebook from past donors or volunteers. You may also find testimonials on their website. 

 

Talk with Donors or Volunteers

The best place to learn about an organization is from others who have already come to love the nonprofit. Ask if you can speak to a volunteer from the organization or even a donor. Most organizations will be happy to set up time with people who already know and love them in hopes that you’ll also see how much they care and become a lifelong supporter. 

 

Find Out How Your Money Will Be Used

Often, you’ll be able to designate your contribution to a specific area of an organization. Maybe there’s a specific program you want to ensure your donation helps support, or even sponsor, a specific individual (depending on the type of organization). 

If the organization does not offer any sort of separate programs or areas of opportunity to specify where your donations are being applied, check out their annual report. Often, an annual report will give you a great idea of how much money was raised in the previous year, where those donations went, areas of focus for the coming year and so much more. 

 

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes. Get to know the organizations around you before making a contribution to ensure that your donations will go far and support the causes you care about. Luckily, we’re living in a world full of information, and there are so many wonderful organizations out there in the world ready to give back! 

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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