What many don't realize is that you can tell a charity how you want your money allocated.
Many times donors give to a cause thinking their contribution goes directly to the front lines of the cause. But unless you speak up and designate where and how your funds are to be used they may end up in the charity's general operating fund or saved for a future crisis. This is a matter you should be aware of and be willing to press on for definitive answers.
A significant number of charities do suggest that donors do not designate their contributions. Why? So the charity can have the control as to how it deems it best to utilize your money,
It should be your choice and if the option is not given you should be leery. if you are O.K. with the charity designating how your gift is used then by all means. But you should at the very least have a solid understanding of what the streams of accounting are.
Should you elect to be more hands on in designating how your gifts are dispersed you may sleep better knowing that your donation is being used as you intended. If you are accessing the charity online look for the check box feature that allows you to designate. If your confused or it is unclear what exactly the charity is offering be sure and write, email , or call to find sufficient answers. If you are mailing in a check, be sure to write in the memo section of the check a brief but clear instruction that you want your gift spent in a specific way.