4 Ways to Help Those Affected by COVID-19

COVID-19 changed our world, to put it lightly. But, as much damage as the coronavirus has done, it has also brought the world together to help one another. Countless individuals and nonprofits are working to rebuild communities during the pandemic—and they will surely continue to rebuild once the virus is gone. 

If you’re ready to enact change, here’s how you can best help those affected by COVID-19.

1. Choose how you want to give.

Giving comes in many forms. Identify what you can do to help and what will make the most impact on your cause. Here are a few ideas for ways to contribute to causes you care about:

  • Donate money or material resources
  • Volunteer your time
  • Serve on a Board of Directors
  • Give blood or plasma
  • Spread the word about your cause

2. Do your research before you donate.

Not all charities are made equal. Make sure that your donations are making the most impact possible for the causes you care about. There are several resources out there that analyze nonprofits and hold them accountable to their mission—one, in particular, is Charity Navigator. You can use this site to research the nonprofits that are doing the most to help others. This page allows you to search within categories based on COVID-19-related causes (e.g., medical, education, relief, etc.).

If you have friends or family who are also passionate about helping, financially or otherwise, ask them about the charities they’ve donated to or are involved with. Social media is also a great way to see how others around you are giving.

3. Focus on a few key charities or causes.

Any amount of giving is great, but consider this: a larger donation to a few organizations may be more impactful than smaller donations to many. For example, if you were to donate $100 to ten organizations, they can all benefit from that $100, and that is excellent. However, if you were to donate $1,000 to one nonprofit or $500 to two nonprofits, they may have a chance to do more with your donation.

Consider also that not all of your money goes directly to the cause. Some may be spent on bank fees or third-party fundraising fees. Some may go to administration costs or other logistics-related areas. Regardless, the more you donate to one nonprofit, the more money can go directly to affect change.

If you’re ready to dig in deep to make your donations last longer and do the most good, The Center for Effective Philanthropy has insightful resources to learn about nonprofit giving. These two resources are especially helpful: Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits and Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know.

4. Encourage others to join your cause.

Thanks to social media, we can share everything we do in real-time. You can now share information about your cause, as well as the many ways your friends and family can contribute. Oftentimes when you donate, the charity’s site will prompt you to share a link via social media or email, encouraging others to donate as well. Do anything you can to share your passion with those around you, so that they see how important your cause is and will want to take action themselves. 

We can help maximize the impact of your charitable donations on your finances. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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Jeffrey T. Dobyns


President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 

Jeffrey T. Dobyns

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS

Beyond crunching numbers and investment strategies, at SageSpring, we’re about building relationships. When you encounter Founder & President of SageSpring, Jeff Dobyns, it’s easy to understand why this is at the very heart of who we are as a firm. You won’t find stuffy formalities with Jeff; instead, you can expect to find him sharing a warm smile, communicating a compelling vision, or patiently untangling life’s complex challenges with clients. He believes in truly getting to know clients, understanding their aspirations and priorities, and navigating their financial plans with a tailored, comprehensive approach. Our team members have often been caught taking notes on Jeff’s effortless relationship skills from a distance, and we admire them for striving to learn from one of the best. 

Jeff’s financial expertise and wisdom are the perfect match to his innate people skills. Jeff holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChLU®) designations, and has held executive positions with financial planning firms for more than two decades. 

His dedication extends beyond the office to the boardroom and the local community, where Jeff is passionate about giving back. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Men of Valor, a prison ministry and mentoring program. Jeff also serves on the board of Send Musicians to Prison, which shares hope, healing and restoration with the imprisoned through musicians & artists. Jeff actively supports other initiatives in the community by sitting on the board of The Signatry of Middle Tennessee and the Halftime Institute of Nashville. 

Witnessing his four children, Gracyn, Hunter, Tanner, and Logan, excel on the field is almost just as rewarding, if not more, than celebrating the victories of seeing his clients overcome obstacles and build wealth. Spending weekends boating on the lake, hiking mountain trails, and fishing with his family are the moments Jeff cherishes most. It’s this grounded perspective that reveals the true meaning of wealth for Jeff: not just numbers on a page, but the freedom to create experiences that enrich your life and the lives of those you love. When you choose the Dobyns McMillin Wealth Team, you choose more than financial expertise. You choose a partner who champions your dreams, celebrates your victories, and walks besides you on the path to achieving your unique goals.

**Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.