How does donation to charity vary from country to country?

Questions and answers about donations

Most aid organizations are serious and committed. Unfortunately, there are exceptions here as well. We answer your questions and answers about donations. If you have any doubts, ask at Zewo. The certification body also monitors organizations that collect donations without a seal of approval. She is happy to provide donors with information about the aid organizations she knows and receives information about dubious donation collections. On its website, Zewo advises against donations to non-transparent organizations. These were particularly negative for the donors with their behavior.

Particular caution is worthwhile with:

Pressure tests: For example, when exaggerated stories and terrible images arouse strong emotions and are collected with particular urgency or even aggressive methods. Never let yourself be put under pressure when donating. Trustworthy relief organizations will be happy to provide you with factual information about their work.

Lack of transparency:For example, if an organization does not publish an annual report or accounts. Serious aid organizations communicate openly and clearly.

Selfishness:When an organization pretends to act in the public interest, but primarily pursues its own interests. If fundraising is mixed with commercial activities, it must be clearly understandable what the donation is for the charitable cause.

Force: When you receive unordered goods against an invoice from an aid organization. Gifts do not require a donation. Nor do they need to be returned or retained.

Exaggeration: For example, when an organization claims that 100% of the donations go to projects and thus gives the false impression that it does not incur any administrative effort.

Free rider: In disasters, people are often particularly affected. Unfortunately, the willingness to help is repeatedly taken advantage of by fundraisers who never really provide the promised help because they lack knowledge, experience and the necessary network.

False collectors:When unknown people pretend to collect for an aid organization without having been commissioned by it. Serious donation collectors can identify themselves and hand in documents. Aid organizations also rarely ask for cash donations.

Donation platforms: When collecting donations on the Internet, it is often unclear who is behind it and there is usually no control over what the money collected is ultimately used for.

Sponsored children:When they can choose a personal sponsored child for financial support. When a single child is preferred, there is tension in the community. Better to decide on a project or topic sponsorship. You can find more about sponsorships here.