When I laid out my goals for 2007 at the end of last year, I set my sights on donating $1,000 to charity — $2,000 as a stretch goal — in addition to my normal volunteering efforts. Neither of these two options are going as well as I expected.
I decided to sever ties with the organization with which I used to be heavily involved. They are no longer local to me, but more importantly, I don’t believe that what the organization does is always in the best interest of those they believe they are helping. I’ve decided to pull back my support, but I need a replacement.
My support will probably be redirected to a small foundation that supports arts and music education. I know that my support at the organization I formerly supported made a difference for the group and the young people in its purview, and it will be much more difficult to make such a difference with a foundation with which I am not as intimately familiar.
I’ll be reaching out to my contacts in the industry to ask for their suggestions as well as researching organization online. I’d like to find a local foundation with only a few programs that support the same values I feel are important in terms of education.
How do you choose the recipients of your charitable funds?
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Updated October 14, 2016 and originally published October 3, 2007.