Canadian Charities: Which Charity Should My Money Go To Anyway?


We live in a fast-paced society and I think sometimes even our giving can become a matter of convenience, not always borne out of passion for a cause. Sometimes.

With over 300 registered Canadian charities to choose from in our program alone, how DO you pick one if you don’t already have a cause you want to support? It can be a daunting task, but wading through the masses to narrow down your choice is definitely worthwhile.

Donate A Car Canada pays attention to the charities we invite to join our venture. We ensure they are registered in good standing with the CRA, and we also engage in a two way agreement with each of them so that there is an awareness on both parts that integrity towards our donors is of utmost importance.

Every day we share with you some good thing one of our participating charities is doing – whether it’s a gala, a run or a good news story – so my goodness, it’s no wonder sometimes you’d rather not have to choose just one! I know there are at least 5 charities we support that have directly impacted MY family, so I understand the challenge of choosing who, what, where and when, believe me!

To help with your process, CanadaHelps is an agency that researches and provides valuable information all in one spot, so that you don’t have to go looking for hours upon hours to find answers. Here are some considerations from their website:

Choosing a Charity

What moves you?

If you don’t have a cause that comes to mind for you, think of what inspires you to give back. There are many reasons that people give to charity, and you might want to think of an issue you’re concerned about, someone who inspired you or who you want to remember, or a meaningful event in your life. You may also want to consider the following questions:

  • Do you want to have an impact in your local community, on a provincial or national level, or internationally?
  • Is there a type of non-profit you’re interested in – the environment, healthcare, education, arts, social services, or religion?
  • What sort of impact or work are you interested in – for instance, if you are interested in healthcare, you may be interested in health and medical research, or direct service provision and support, or perhaps in lobbying efforts to change healthcare policy.
  • What are you particularly grateful for, and is there a way to provide that same experience or support for others?

These are just a few considerations, but hopefully you find them helpful in your quest to donate your car to a good cause! If you have any other thoughts on how to choose a worthy cause, please add your comments. We would love to hear from you.

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