Giving Zakat is not a choice but an obligation for Muslims around the world. Every year, millions of people give Zakat to underprivileged families. The experience of giving Zakat is rewarding for donors as well. Knowing that the donation has helped a family, one can sleep peacefully at night.
While these Zakat donations can be made directly to disadvantaged families, there are certain benefits in donating to charitable organizations. These include:
1. It Is Convenient
Charitable organizations have various causes lined up for donations and they make it easy for you to give Zakat. You would not have to go out and find the deserving families by yourself. Organizations like Transparent Hands identify and list people who are eligible for Zakat to make the process easier for you. You can simply visit the websites of such organizations to find details of these individuals and families.
Charitable organizations also sort the cases based on urgencies and needs. By donating to them, you can make sure the funds are going to those that need them the most.
Today, most charitable organizations allow you to give Zakat conveniently through online bank transfers, credit cards, PayPal, etc. instead of cash. You can make donations from the comfort of your home.
You can even find online Zakat calculators to find how much Zakat you are required to give. Just enter the required details and it would immediately calculate the Zakat for you.
2. Make a Bigger Difference
Regardless of the amount, giving Zakat makes a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged families. But donating to charitable organizations can be even more impactful. Here’s how:
Charitable organizations target the causes that are more important. Usually, you would be able to sort and filter the cases listed on the websites of these organizations. Some causes require large funds and multiple individual donors may have to join hands to cover it. Charitable organizations, especially those that have a crowdfunding platform, can handle such causes easily. Charitable organizations are well-connected, have large networks of volunteers, and have the know-how and resources to make a greater impact.
3. No Risk Of Scams
Unfortunately, financial scams are very common in today’s day and age. Some people pretend to be needy and scam those that want to help. Donating to charitable organizations does not carry such risks.
These organizations have very strong checks in place to ensure only deserving individuals make into the programs. Such people are verified and asked to produce the required documentation. Hence, while donating to a charitable organization, you can rest assured that your Zakat is going for the right cause.
That said, it is also important to check the credibility of organizations. Charitable organizations must be registered by the government and be transparent in their operations. While donating to a charitable organization, always read their success stories to find out the kind of impact they have on society.
4. Organizations Have Specific Goals and Objectives
Charitable organizations usually work toward a specific cause. For example, some organizations help people in need of health care. Furthermore, organizations that focus on health care may have more specific goals. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital serves cancer patients specifically. Transparent Hands provides free surgeries and medical procedures.
It is quite possible that you have an inclination towards a specific cause. You can find organizations that are working toward that cause and help them with it.
5. Exemption in Taxes
Donating to a charity can even be financially rewarding for donors. You can get a tax exemption in the US by providing proof of donations. It would not be possible for you to do so with direct donations. It only applies to donations given to organizations that are 501(C)3 approved. Saving money on taxes increases your ability to make even more donations in the future.
Bottom Line -5 Reasons To Give Zakat To Charity Organizations
Donating to charitable organizations has clear benefits over direct donations. It is convenient, no risks are involved, and you can contribute to great causes. Transparent Hands accepts Zakat and makes it easy for you to see when, how, and where it is being spent. We have made the process as convenient as possible for our donors. We are working towards making quality health care accessible to all.
Since 2014, we have arranged free surgical and medical treatments for more than 2,000 patients and organized over 100 medical camps in remote areas of Pakistan. Give Zakat to Transparent Hands and help us reach even higher targets.