December 14th, 2015
Philanthropy Australia chief executive Sarah Davies says there are countless ways to give back, including volunteering at a sporting club, school or community group, or via a workplace mentoring program.
Davies says workplace-giving programs, where you direct your employer to make deductions from each pay, are a simple and easy way to provide regular support.
It's important to support a charity that aligns with what you want your dollars to achieve, she says.
"I would recommend ignoring crude measures such as 'how much of my donation is spent on overhead' because what matters is the impact of a charity's work."
Rather, check annual reports, attend events, ask questions or visit the website of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
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