Be an active part
When you want to make a donation, in any form, check the recipient organisations. Donations dictated by moment desire or provoked by applicants that say "I accidentally met you!” are not such a good idea and can hide risks. Take time to familiarize yourself with your chosen organisation, its legal status, management capabilities, feedback of donors and others.
Eliminate the third part
Do not hesitate to "hang up or slammed the door" to some unknown persons that kindly ask you to donate. Studying your successor organisation, as stated in the previous paragraph, will allow you to recognize that your expectations will justify the means, or who donate will sink in escrow organisation / individuals using between 40% and 100% of proceeds for their own purposes.
Our advice is to not grant amounts, property, and other personal information to persons posing as representatives of various non-profit organisations. Contact the legal person on the phone or Internet and request detailed information on the principles of operation of the organisation.
Inform yourself about the legal status
Putting money into outstretched hands, or in boxes of different objects are more likely to improve the living standards of someone who does not really need or your donation to be used in other purposes - purchase of alcohol, drugs, etc..
Lack of opportunity to get feedback on what happens with donations from you, is sufficient reason to refuse to give any. Check the legal status of the recipient organisation, and financial statements, management and team.
When you donate money or other funds over a certain amount, you have the obligation to declare their origin. This is a requirement of the Law on Measures Against Money Laundering (see: Financial Intelligence Agency)
Check your rights of donor
Meet the rights you have as a donor - the availability of declaratory document (see: Charter on the Rights of donors) will acquaint you with the basic principles of operation of organisation recipient. In the absence of such a document required to be accurately represented your rights you have as a donor.
Ask about the administrative costs
Every nonprofit organisation has administrative costs. Before deciding to whom to donate money and / or property, ask to explain the exact distribution of donations and how much it will take administrative costs.
Our observations have shown that the amount of administrative costs should not exceed 25%.
Concentrate in one area and create lasting relationships
Creating lasting relationships with recipient organisations will give you assurance that was given by you and used according to your expectations. When your donations are used mainly in one direction, this allows for greater efficiency and better management of the funds - ie Knowing when and how is best to give.