If you want to 'give in kind' or donate money to charity
then the following article provides valuable advice
on giving goods & services or giving an online donation
to charitable causes in Gambia from your country. Whether
you want to give your skills or money to support a humanitarian
poverty relief organisation, Ngos helping orphaned children,
the disabled or victims of a natural disaster, there
are some general tips to think about to maximise the
benefit your money brings.
Choosing A Charity:
If you are in the U.K. then here are some websites to
donate online at Charity Choice, Charity
Commission or Virgin Money Giving. If you are
in the U.S. then see CharityNavigator.org & for
other countries see JustGiving.com & JustGive.org.
The decision to make a donation to a particular charity
in Gambia over another is normally guided by your interest
in the cause the aid organisation helps. You might also
pick a good cause as a way of commemorating a deceased
family member, relative or close friend. Whatever your
reasons, it's vital to make sure you are at ease with
their activities and how it decides to spend the funds
Giving money or other gifts directly to a Gambian based
good cause can sometimes be risky as it may be hard
to double check the information provided on websites.
You might alternatively wish to donate to a US, UK charity
or any other humanitarian, overseas aid organisation
based in your country of abode. Many charities that
operate in Gambia are actually based overseas.
Ways To Donate:
payment or ongoing
You might decide to give a regular, fixed donation or
you may opt for making a one-off cash gift for an urgent
need, like helping flood victims or after a particular
You might also support a charity via Direct Debits from
your bank account or deductions from your monthly salary
and sent to your chosen worthy cause. This is called
give as you earn or gift aid (UK), which increases the
value of donations by allowing the recipients to reclaim
basic rate tax on your gift and allows you to make tax
effective / tax deductable donations on a regular basis.
If you live in the UK then you can set up a Charities
Aid Foundation account, where you agree to pay a minimum
cash amount from your wage each month into your own
account. The CAF will provide a special 'charity chequebook'
and card to make tax-free donations for those working
for good causes in Gambia at any time.
Be Careful With Your Credit Card Details:
If you've been approached by telephone do not give them
your debit card, credit card or bank account details.
Before providing any such details to a website search
and check first that it is registered with the official
country regulating body and that the site itself is
bona fide and not a scam imitation such as those created
for the purposes of phishing (stealing your personal
Always use a secure online connection which is indicated
by an 's' at the end of the http in the the first page
of the payment url. If you don't see an 's' then ask
for an alternative method for sending your money.
Never send cash gifts. For tax purposes and security,
it's best to pay by cheque (made payable to the charity)
or by credit card. Also never wire funds unless you
have visited the organisation and have agreed on this
method of payment.
Bequest In Your Will:
Another way of donating is to leave a gift in your will
for your favoured worthy causes.
Just giving funding isn't the only way to help out people
in need. You can give in kind such as volunteer time,
expertise and skills or contribute goods such as second-hand
clothes, used children's toys, furniture etc.
Before sending gift items overseas you should ask yourself
a number of questions. Is the donated item appropriate
for the climate, religion or culture, of those you are
trying to help? Are the goods available locally? If
yes, then acquiring them their puts money back into
the local economy.
Check It's A Bona Fide Group:
If the name of the organisation does not appear familiar
then by all means ask some pertinent questions, for
example see the following:
• What good cause
do they support in Gambia?
• Are they registered
with the official regulatory body?
• Where is the
• What is their income used for?
• Do they have any affiliations?
• Does it take
tax deductable donations?