Did you know there are more than 45,000 veteran charities across the United States? Supporting the troops is a big part of American life, and donating to charity is one of the best ways to do it.
But with so many different charities out there, it can be difficult to know the best way to make a charitable donation.
Looking to get the information you need to make a donation that will go to helping those who need it?
Read on. We've put this article together to help you understand the issue.
Find a Reputable Charity
Before you make a donation of any sort, you'll want to ensure you've chosen a good charity. As we already mentioned, it can be daunting choosing from the huge number of veterans' charities. A little research can help you make a good choice.
You'll want to make sure the money is getting where it should go. All charities have overheads and will need to pay their staff members for office space. You'll want to find a charity with a long, proud history of providing material help for veterans.
Use the internet to find out about a charity's history and the kind of work they do. Read over your chosen charity's website carefully, but look for third-party sources too.
Set Up a Standing Order
A one-off donation to a worthy charity is an excellent thing to do. But it's even better if you can make it a regular thing. All good charities allow donors the option to set up standing orders, offering a regular donation that comes in weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
Having standing orders in place also allows charities to better plan their future activities. Since they can guarantee a stream of income, they'll be able to do so much more to help veterans. That could include helping a US veteran to access military benefits or a military discount.
Buy Merchandise from Veteran Charities
It's a selfless act to give to charity. But sometimes it's nice to get something in return for your support.
Many veterans' charities offer different types of merchandise for those looking to support their efforts. By buying pins, books, and other souvenirs, you can offer financial support while getting something back. Merchandise can even help raise awareness of the causes you're supporting.
Many sell military patches to raise funds and these make excellent keepsakes or a great way to show support for a specific branch of the military. The history of military patches, for example, is long and intriguing, and it's well worth exploring their story.
In Conclusion, Broaden Your Horizons
Supporting these causes can help a lot of people and is a great way of saying "thank you" to the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our country free and safe!