How To Choose A Reputable Charity To Donate To In 2018 (Interview)

Direct Relief assisting at refugee camp in Jordan.
Direct Relief assisting at a refugee camp in Jordan.


Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe Shares Tips On How We Can Donate To Charity Safely in 2018


Donating to charity is something that is extremely important to me. I was always taught by my parents and grandparents the importance of giving back to those less fortunate or going through a difficult time.

When it comes to sending money, I like to give back to charities I’m familiar with, but it can be tough. I don’t know about you, but I get calls a few times a day asking if I would like to donate to various causes that I’m unfamiliar with.

Donating over the phone scares me. A few years ago my family had a scare. My grandmother received a call from someone who said he was my brother. This person wanted money, thankfully she didn’t fall for the scam. While he wasn’t asking for a charitable donation, it still stopped us in our tracks.

You honestly never know who is calling you on the phone. I get calls asking if I want to donate to police departments, fire departments, breast cancer, and more daily. These causes are all very important to me, but like I said donating over the phone is something I find terrifying. How can you determine what charitable organization is legit and which one isn’t?

Have you ever heard of Direct Relief? It’s one of the nation’s highest rated and reputable NGOs (non-governmental organization). “They improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies.” Thomas Tighe is the CEO of Direct Relief, and he joined me for an interview in November to share tips on the best ways to give back to charity. During the interview we spoke about everything from how to find a reputable organization to donate to, to red flags to look out for and more.

This interview was conducted on Giving Tuesday, but since many of us are looking for ways to give back, I felt it was the perfect time to share this interview. The U.S. has faced many natural disasters in 2017 and 2018 – from hurricanes to fires, mudslides and more. Many of our friends, family members and neighbors are suffering. I hope you’ll find this interview helpful! I know it really helped me decipher which charities I should consider donating to. For more information, please visit

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