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?
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.
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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DS - Kaelan April 2009
DD - Hailey September 2010 (my VBAC baby)
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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.
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.
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.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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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.
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.
Currently, most of our giving is time, and it's going to Tiven's school. 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.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!