3 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Charity

12/13/2016, By Valley of the Sun United Way

Choosing to donate to charity is a big decision. Just like any big decision, doing your research becomes very important before you select a charity to give to. If you are interested in donating time, money, or resources, these three things will help get you aligned with the right cause for you.

1. Does the Mission Match My Passion?

You will want to find a charity that offers help in a way that matters to you. Giving just for the sake of giving isn’t as fulfilling as giving to a cause special to you. Take some time to think about issues that really resonate with you. Some examples include:

  • Veteran Care
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Hunger
  • Education
  • Children

Find a cause you want to be a part of and your donation will mean so much more.

2. Is the Organization Non-Profit?

To know if a charity is a non-profit, find out if they are a 501(c)(3). This means they have approval from the Internal Revenue Service to function as a tax-exempt organization. Why is that important? When you donate to a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your donation is tax deductible and you can check their rating on Charity Navigator.

3. How Are Their Actions Making an Impact?

Once you know what the charity’s mission is, find out what they are doing to support their cause. See how they are making an impact on their cause and how they are using their resources to transform their communities.

Does Valley of the Sun United Way Answer These Concerns Favorably?

We are a 501(c)(3) charity with a three community objectives:

1. To ensure children and youth succeed

2. To increase financial stability for families and individuals

3. To end hunger and homelessness in Maricopa County, Arizona


Through our work combined with the assistance from our volunteers, partners and donors, we are working to break the cycle of poverty. We believe in being transparent and honest with our volunteers, donors, and advocates, that’s why you can find our ethics and accountability on our website.

See why we are the charity for you now.

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