Pro-life organizations are on the front lines fighting for the rights of the unborn, and donating to these organizations is a great way to support life-affirming work in your community and beyond. However, with so many strong pro-life groups seeking your support, how can you know which one to choose?
Before you financially commit to a pro-life organization, there are certain questions to consider. Read on to learn the top questions to ask yourself so that you can choose the best pro-life organization to support.
What Is the Organization’s Reputation?
Non-profit organizations function differently than for-profit businesses. One of these differences is that they must file accountability documents with the government that reveal their financial and business practices.
These documents and the organization’s tax-exempt filings are available to the public. By doing a quick search on sites such as ProPublica’s “Nonprofit Explorer” and Charity Navigator, you can investigate the organization’s reputation, including where they spend their money, how much is allocated to staffing versus the mission, and general public reviews.
Do Their Values Align With Mine?
There are many different flavors of pro-life organizations, and each has a specific area of focus that makes them unique. When investigating which one to donate to, choosing an organization that aligns with your values is an important factor.
To help understand your own value landscape, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is most important to me in a pro-life organization? (For example, do I want them to be focused on reaching the abortion-minded woman? Or do I want them to offer services for pro-life men?)
- Do I want the organization to be community, nationally, or internationally focused? (Check out pro-life work happening globally here.)
- Do I want them to be well-established with a proven record of success? Or am I okay with a younger organization?
By asking yourself these questions, you can determine if a pro-life organization meets your value criteria.
Where Will My Money Do the Most Good?
When donating to a pro-life organization, you want to ensure that your financial gift will make the largest life-affirming impact. Some pro-life organizations list how your money will be used on their website or in an informational pamphlet. For example, your money might go toward medical staffing or equipment, marketing campaigns, or maternity items. Other organizations might not have this information listed, but you can always contact them to find out before donating.
Financially supporting a pro-life organization is a direct way that you can help support the mission. With a little research, you can feel confident about choosing a pro-life organization that is reputable, aligns with your values, and will do the most good.
Want to support international pro-life work? Check out what Global Life Coalition is doing around the globe.