I choose to be selective to the ones that have personal meaning to me. I pick organizations that fund and research medical problems that members of my family are suffering from and send a budgeted amount of money to them. Finding money to budget can be challenging. You can give money directly or fundraise for the charity of your choice. Doing odd jobs or sell crafts, meals and baked goods to earn money to donate is always an option.
You can choose to rotate your charities. If you gave generously to one charity this year, maybe pick a different charity or organization for next year. Also consider giving a little money to many different charities.
If money is not in your budget to donate, there are other ways to support charities. You can volunteer for their organization and volunteer at their events. Your local hospitals, shelters, food banks or hospice centers are always looking for volunteers. Advertising events via email, social media and posters in your neighborhood and work area (when permitted) is a great contribution to charities. Donating gently used items to your local charities and making meals for low income families in your area are also great ways to be charitable.
You can coordinate a fundraiser and recruit others to help you. For example, I live in a very large neighborhood. This fall, I am putting together a group to collect non-perishable food items to donate to our local food bank for Thanksgiving. This winter, I plan to use the same group to gather winter clothing and boots for our local shelter. The only thing this will cost me is time, but minimal time with a big impact when I recruit others to help.
However you choose to help, please choose to help!