I dont personally donate my hard earned funds to charities. I am not confident that 100% of my funds go where they are most needed.
However, i am lucky enough to be in position, that in my employment, i have a key performance outcome that relates directly to corporate responsibility & supporting our local communities. So, basically if i want my yearly bonus, i need to be able to check these 2 boxes off - along with half a dozen others.
So, i donate all lost property, part used toiletries, old bedding items that we are no longer using, anything really that is useable, to one of the local charities here. They support 6 local indiginous & homeless programs in Darwin. I give them a call on a monthly basis, i box it up for them & they come & collect it. I also send out group emails asking the rest of the staff in the building if they have anything at home that they would like to get rid of, they can bring it in & add it to the rest.
All up we have donated thousands of dollars worth of clothing & bedding this year alone. I have also now got 2 other hotels in the Darwin CBD to come on board & do the same thing. Do i NEED to go to this much effort to get my bonus - no, i only need to show 1 example of corporate & community support each quarter (so 3 in total for the year), but i figure that i shouldnt do something like this half hearted, so am building a support network for the charity that we are donating to. Really, i check off enough boxes in the first 3 months of the year, but we collect so much lost property in the hotel, that it is a waste to throw it out when there are people who have nothing or very little. I got to go out not that long ago & visit a family that we donated beds & bedding to just recently & it was really upsetting to me. All i could give them was 4 mattresses & sheets etc, but they were so thankful. Seeing how these people live was just a reminder of how lucky i am. The mumma, just hugged me & hugged me, she was crying & saying thank you. These people would not have benefited from me donating money, cause they still wouldnt have been able to afford beds & sheeting, so i feel good about this.