If you have additional resources to give back to a cause or charity at your disposal, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. To help you make the best decision, here are eight tips on evaluating the right charity to support and the steps to take when finding it. Doing so will ensure you make an informed decision reflecting your values and beliefs.

Seek out a personal connection.

Search for an organization that resonates with you. There are plenty of great options available, but discovering one that aligns with your background and beliefs will make you more passionate about it and allow you to provide more meaningful contributions.

Do your research.

It’s important for you to research the various charities to determine how much money is actually being used for their stated cause rather than for marketing, fundraising, and overhead. You can create a short list of the organizations you found that allocate a minimum of 70 percent of their funds to their cause. Once you have narrowed it down, it is time to take action.

Go local.

There is a feeling of compassion fatigue that many people are experiencing. There are so many problems and so many causes picking one can feel overwhelming. If you are one of those individuals, consider supporting a local organization that is tackling a specific problem in your community. Donating your money is one way to get involved, but don’t forget to give up your time, too; this often has the most heart-warming effect.

Develop a personal mission statement.

Creating a personal mission statement is a great way to guide the activities of your life. Once you have crafted your mission statement, identify causes that align with it. These causes should be the ones that truly motivate you and inspire you to take action. Don’t wait to get started – donate money, participate in fundraising, or even volunteer your time. Don’t get stuck with decision paralysis – take the plunge and make a difference!

Find your passion.

If you are passionate about something, find an organization that shares your passion and will allow you to be involved for a long time. It will also feel great to give back to the community and be part of something that is bigger than yourself. If you want to make a positive impact on the world, look for an organization that resonates with your values and interests.  Make sure it is something you are willing to commit to — it can be incredibly rewarding to be part of a larger cause. Choosing an organization that shares your passion will allow you to stay involved for a long time.