When a friend or family member passes away, there is often an urge to make a charitable contribution in that person's name. However, you may not know the best charity to which you should donate your money. If a close friend or relative has recently passes away, you can choose an agency with which to set up a memorial fun in order to give people a donation option.
Things You'll Need
- Information about the deceased's donation preferences
Discuss memorial fund options with your loved one if death is a certainty in the future.
Review the deceased's will to see if specific instructions were given regarding memorial funds.
Collect information about where the deceased has donated money in the past few years or where money from the estate will be going.
Consider churches at which the deceased was a member.
Consider organization fighting the disease causing the deceased's death, if that is the case.
Call each organization on the list to find out about the possibility of a memorial fund. Some simply are not set up to run such programs.
Talk with other friends and family members of the deceased for input about where the money should go.
Choose the organizations that most need the money or that were most dear to the deceased.