Germans spend billions of euros each year on charity

And hundreds of charities fight for their attention. But how can one make sure that their money goes to the right place?

Daria Sukharchuk
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Why this story matters:

Thanks to the internet, charities are becoming more transparent, and people have better access to important data.

And while there is no foolproof way to make sure that your trusted charity doesn't get a new boss who' will buy a sports car with company money (as it happened in Berlin), or misuse your money in some other way, there are some best practice guidelines to follow.

According to the article below, the best way to go about it is to avoid making donations under pressure. One should also be wary of being deceived by glossy websites and presentations; it's always best to take your time and learn about the organizations

Details from the story:

  • The general trend is that fewer people (24,5%, by the last count), donate more on average (35€ this year, up from 32€ last year).
  • The most popular causes are humanitarian, like helping people affected by floods, or refugees.
  • There are distinctive spikes in donations when some well-publicised crisis happens close to home, the 2015 Refugee crisis is a good example.
  • December is the most donation-rich month in the year.
  • The data comes from the German Council of Donors, the umbrella organization that unites the country's biggest charities. This means that the real amount of donations is higher since many people can donate to foreign charities, or to smaller ones that are not in the council.
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