HOW NOT TO DONATE LIKE A BASIC BITCH.
Donating isn't basic in any shape or form, and you can honestly donate wherever you want to. My personal preference is not donating to any large organization, and especially no large organizations without a specific purpose. But why?
Besides a long history of misappropriating funds (which I've seen with my own eyes all over the world, but the most corruption being here, in the USA), large organizations have a large overhead fee. So for every $1, the people who actually need the money may be getting about .08¢ or less. Sometimes more, but why, when there are other options?
Donating at the individual level or small community-based organizations are usually more helpful as there's no need to approve a budget, or pay administration fees, or bring in foreign aide. Because who cares more about a community than the individuals in that community? They know what they need and aren't asserting themselves onto anyone.
Donating to sustainable organizations is just where I put my money; those that employ local aid, those with long-term goals, those with specific purposes. Not organizations with large overhead, lots of personal advertising, and no game plan on where they will appropriate the funds, but will be the first ones to take it. Just look at how many different ways the Red Cross will take your money: sponsored donors, Amazon, PayPal, American Express. But where is the transparency of funds and where have they operated on a long-term basis to improve a community? It's not to say they don't help at all, but there are just better ways to help.
Donating to an actual human being is throwing it back to times when we literally helped our neighbors. Of course you run the risk of them not doing well with the money, but that same risk is run with any organization. At the end of the day, if I'm giving money to a person, I'd rather them "steal it" than some man behind a desk with a fat salary. So I have less confidence in orgs, more confidence in humans.
Just my 2 cents. 📸 by @brooklyntropicali