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Charitable Giving

Which organizations do you donate your money to?

Are there specific types that you are more likely to donate to?

Are there certain charities you would be inclined to volunteer to?

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Samaritan's Purse. They are the most efficient and trustworthy of the FBO's in my humble opinion. They kicked butt in Haiti and still are. One of the first FBO's on the ground. I just got a great update from them on what they are doing in Japan.

I traditionally only donate to them, but I do branch out some and have given money to Nowzad- http://www.nowzad.com/, because I feel that these animals are a forgotten group and really need some help.

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I donate money to CARES which is an organization that provides resources for families dealing with CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia). My son has it so that is the reason I choose to concentrate my giving there. If I was able to help them out by volunteering my time I would and have actually approached them about it.

I have in the past volunteered for an after school reading program for underprivileged kids as well as a women's shelter. I haven't done these things since having kids but I'm sure I will again once they are all in school/preschool.

Several of my friends do different charity events such as the Susan G Komen 3 day walk, the special olympics polar bear plunge, and the Bike for MS. I almost always try to be generous on those and hope to be abe to give more in coming years.

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"wlillie" wrote:

Which organizations do you donate your money to?

Are there specific types that you are more likely to donate to?

Are there certain charities you would be inclined to volunteer to?

I donate to groups whose values/beliefs/missions/goals I agree with and lean towards religious organizations (we tithe, sponsor a child through Compassion, and do Samaritans Purse shoe boxes every year), but also give to our choice political party and the local children's hospital. I don't really do much volunteer work outside church and the kids school.

Oh and I'll buy chocolate almonds or raffle tickets from kids for their sports teams or whatever, because I hope people will do the same for my kids.

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In the past we've donated to ALS Association and different cancer research charities. We've also organized four charity drives for LLS and one for local women's/children's shelters. We've done volunteer work for local Make a Difference days. DD1 was volunteering at the local animal rescue barn but is taking a break due to her back.

There are some charities I don't agree with on where the money goes, so I won't donate to them. I think our focus is mainly those charities whose cause have effected us personally.

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I donate to the Liver Foundation because my grandmother died of liver disease. I just donated to the Canadian Red Cross for the Japan relief and my employer matched my donation, as they will for every employee's donation, and they are also contributing an extra $50,000 in relief funds. I donated to the United Way once through a former employer during their annual week-long fundraising blitz, and that was the only time I donated the UW. I did it out of a sense of obligation because everyone around me was donating. I want to know what specific cause my money is going to support, and that wasn't the case with UW.

eta - I forgot. We started donating to the Alberta Children's Hospital this past xmas. They've done so much for our kids already, especially DD.

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I tend to donate to medical charities (Susan G Komen, American Cancer Society, and March of Dimes being some of them.) We also do quite a few races throughout the year, and that money goes towards charities. My favorite this year went to DH's school district.

I used to volunteer pretty much every weekend during the warm season to do builds for Habitat for Humanity. I loved it, especially when we got to work side by side with the future home owners. I haven't done it nearly as much since T was born though - it's hard to spend a whole day away doing that when I am already gone all week long for work.

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

There are some charities I don't agree with on where the money goes, so I won't donate to them. I think our focus is mainly those charities whose cause have effected us personally.

Yes, this exactly. We tithe to our church, have sponsored children through Compassion, Angel Tree donations, local children's hospital, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, sponsoring friends on fundraising events, generally organizations that speak to me specifically (Ha! How's THAT for a poorly worded sentence?!?!?!).

Oh, and I buy stuff from kids, too, for the same reason as the PP. Someday, my kids will be selling stuff, too. Well, that, and to make up for all the stuff that was purchased from me during my fundraising days.

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We go by cause, administration/fundraising fees as a percentage of money spent, and results. I used to do it just by emotion and realized that some of the ones that should have been doing the most were using much more money on their CEO's than on the programs themselves. I love Relay for Life and that's usually where the bulk of my donations go own my own.

The DoD has a Combined Federal Campaign once a year (like 2 months?) and they hand out booklets with regional and national charities with the percentage and a small mission next to it. This year I went through and picked one out of the Medical, Education, and Regional areas and split the money up that way.

I like Habitat for Humanity and visiting lonely people and random things that come up for the year. I don't volunteer nearly as much as I'd like to for the same reasons as Alissa.

This year I got to be a Parade Official for Mardi Gras and I'll never do it again because I picked up an 18 month old about 30 seconds before a float hit her and it took a full two or three minutes before anyone came looking for her. I can't handle bad parents and the parade sidelines had a lot of drunks holding infants up to floats for the participants to throw stuff to them.

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Currently, most of our giving is time, and it's going to Tiven's school. Blum 3 I also donate clothes & unwanted household things to a local emergency shelter. When we had more disposable income, we supported our local Planned Parenthood, a local free medical clinic, and the Sierra Club. I've also done a number of charity walks for cancer research & cancer support services, and to support a group that trains & supplies midwives in poor & developing countries.

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We make a monthly donation to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

We make a yearly donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

We regularly donate to the food bank in our town. Maybe once a month? At least that.

I'm waiting for my criminal record check to come back and then I am going to volunteer at the food bank. We don't have a lot of money to spare, but we do have time.

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I'm biased bc I'm a fundraiser. It is my job to secure million dollar gifts from individuals. Smile

So I give to the university that I work for, the university that my husband and I graduated from, Heifer International, the local foodbank, the zoo, our church, and the local natural history museum.

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I always donate shoes and clothing and if I have the money, I buy toiletries and other stuff, to a local homeless shelter around here. I also donate to Goodwill, but they pissed me off the last time my mother donated.

I need to volunteer and help more.

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Our church
Police organizations for families of fallen officers
Scholarship funds for deceased relatives
Cancer fundraising activities (the Jimmy Fund, Relay for Life, Pan Mass Challenge)
Local school fundraisers - feels like these are endless
Sports fundraisers for local kids - especially if my kids will benefit
Goodwill - tons of clothing and household items over the years
The Veteran's (vietnam)
Big Brother Big Sister
eta: foobanks, and council on aging

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"Spacers" wrote:

and to support a group that trains & supplies midwives in poor & developing countries.

Can you donate funds to that? I'd really love to help with that one.

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2 local Children's Hospitals annually. The past year I've donated lots of time and gift items to fundraisers raising money for a young co-worker of mine with breast cancer. More recently, an org that organizes spay/neuter clinics in remote areas of the world where the stray animal population is threatening the ecosystem. Within the next couple of years, I hope to serve on a missions trip with them.

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cancer groups
local food bank
university we graduated from
local animal shelter
local goodwill type company
our church
United Way
my kids' school (time, money, and supplies)
American Red Cross
Boy Scouts of America
Kidney Foundation
*other odds-n-ends: i.e. a neighbor was collecting shoes for the children in Haiti last week, money for Japan, I crochet bandages for people with leprosy, etc...

and my favorite:
sponsor a scholarship to the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute (violin camp)
(As a family we've worked with a local teacher to provide this the last few years...the experience has been amazing!)

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We donate a lot to places that help families - usually in clothes and toys that we don't need anymore. We also donate for breast cancer as DH's mom is a survivor.

I also tend to donate when I see a cause that is really worthy. Recently there was a little girl diagnosed with leukemia in my city - she was 4 weeks old! It has been amazing to see my community rally around the family to help them out (the only children's cancer ward is in another city). And even though we were really hard up for money at the time we still donated some of our change collection as we felt that the family needed it more than us. (The family has now said that any excess they receive they are giving to the children's hospital.)

I tend to give directly too. I am that person who will by someone homeless a meal or some food for their dog. If I see someone in need I want to help them.

eta - I almost forgot we are also doing the MS Walk this year with my work. One of our co-workers has MS so we are doing the walk to support him.

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I tend to help the ones I have personal experience with, I love the Shriners they helped us out with my son's prosthetics and never asked us to pay anything. Also Children's Cancer Fund and Wipe Out Kid's Cancer. We donate mostly through our church because we have our own Care center that helps people out with food, clothing and other things. They also usually take special collections for things like Haiti so I feel more comfortable giving that way because I know all the money will go directly for assistance instead of being spent on overhead costs. I have some nieces that have gone on missions to China that I have also donated to directly, and one that is a nurse and went on medical missions to Honduras and Africa.

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We do more volunteering and physical donations locally through the church, schools, and salvation army more so than we do cash donations. Our church is financially well off, so we choose not to tithe through them. But with cash, we donate to specific crisis situations through the church and local public events, including any fundraisers we're approached with by kids unless our own kids are fund raising for the same event. We're personally not comfortable with United Way since a high percentage is used for overhead costs locally. We're big fans of Relay for Life as well.

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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

We donate a lot to places that help families - usually in clothes and toys that we don't need anymore. We also donate for breast cancer as DH's mom is a survivor.

Yeah, forgot about the breast cancer one. I do the CIBC Run For The Cure every fall. My mom is also a breast cancer survivor.

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"SoxyToo" wrote:

Our church
Police organizations for families of fallen officers
Scholarship funds for deceased relatives
Cancer fundraising activities (the Jimmy Fund, Relay for Life, Pan Mass Challenge)
Local school fundraisers - feels like these are endless
Sports fundraisers for local kids - especially if my kids will benefit
Goodwill - tons of clothing and household items over the years
The Veteran's (vietnam)
Big Brother Big Sister
eta: foobanks, and council on aging

I often wonder about that one. The LE I know all have substantial life insurance policies. What are the donations meant to cover?

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I do lots of volunteering with Cubscouts with my boys, Scouting for food, Goodwill Goodturn, cleanups, tree plantings .. helping with rummage sales for the local grade school etc.

For monetary donations I always give to the individual first (those in need (medical needs, or car broken into and can't afford to replace what was stolen etc) or missionaries, or those going on trips to help like a friend heading to Africa with Northwest medical Teams), local orgs or small orgs with 100% usage of donations second, Then to large organizations, Samaritains Purse, March of Dimes. Some years we give more than others, but both my husband and I have giving hearts, and we are teaching that to our boys.

So we .. even when strapped money wise, do other things, like collecting donations for Goodwill, or the local foodbank, letting friends use our washer and dryer, visiting friends after medical proceedures, sending letters or drawings (with kids) to those living alone.. etc

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Thank you to Lisa and all others who have donated to help the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami survivors.

All my time and money is going there right now. We are working with the Japan Red Cross (you can donate through Amazon or iTunes!) and a fantastic organization called Second Harvest Japan which is doing a great job getting food to survivors. There is still a lot of work to be done.

Normally, when there aren't 300 000 homeless and tens of thousands of dead waiting to be identified, I volunteer at and give money to our local orphanage, and Planned Parenthood International. I also lend through Kiva.org, which is a fantastic investment.

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I spend a lot of time raising money for the NICU where DS spent so many weeks as a baby. They receive nearly all of my $$ donations as well. I prefer to give at the local level b/c more of the money goes towards the cause and less toward the large administration costs. Plus, I feel like we "owe" it to them considering what they gave us in a healthy baby at the end of his NICU stay. I'll spend the rest of my life giving back to the place who gave us EVERYTHING.

I also donate clothing, books, shoes, etc. to GoodWill.