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The Squidoo Charity Guide

Updated on August 31, 2017

A Guide to the Charities of Squidoo

Squidoo donates a whopping 45% of its income to the various charities registered with it, and lensmasters can choose to donate any percentage of any lens to as many charities as they choose.

But which charities? There's a bewilderingly long list. In fact, as of 2011, there are 124 charities signed up with Squidoo. They're all based in the US, and they've all signed up with Squidoo, but apart from that, they could be any size and support any cause.

This page aims to be a guide to all the charities of Squidoo - feel free to explain why you advocate one charity and pass by another! Is it because you know them, and see them in action? Because they're local, or because they're global? Because you agree with their cause? Because they're effective? Because they're the only ones you even recognise?

(Also, please forgive the mess. It is VERY much in progress).

Global Poverty & Community Charities | Medical & Grief Support Charities | Education & Social Services Charities | Environmental & Animal Rescue Charities | Recreational, Military & Religious Charities

Which Kind of Charity Do You Prefer to Donate To?

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A Guide to the Charities and Their Focus - Each type of charity has a full page to itself - click the links below to browse them.

Which Charity Do You Donate To?

If there's one or more charities you KNOW something about, drop by them and speak up - whether for or against. Most of the names are just that - names - to most people, and someone saying they do good work, or that they don't actually do anything useful, acts as a shining light of helpfulness.

How To Set Your Royalties To Charity - How to change the setting on an individual lens in the workshop

Click the 'How do you want to get paid?' option, in the Workshop.
Click the 'How do you want to get paid?' option, in the Workshop.

While you can change all your lenses at once using the Global Payment Settings on your profile, it's a good habit to always do it in the workshop as you create the lens.

Why? Well, for one thing, you may want to change where different lenses send their revenue, and for another, sometimes glitches happen or a co-brand is set to override the global setting. You can check ALL your current payment settings at once here.

First you find the expandable menu in the sidebar, in Edit mode of a lens - the one saying 'How do you want to get paid?'. It's up on the right, level with the introduction module. Click it, and it will expand into a drop-down menu.

The royalty options for your Squidoo lens.
The royalty options for your Squidoo lens.

You can choose between the two buttons - 'Straight' and 'Combo' royalty. A straight royalty is straightforward, you just pick one option (you or a charity) and leave it. A Combo royalty allows you to pick any combination of recipients that you like.

These settings are for this lens only and don't affect your other lenses.

It MUST add up to 100% - as you can see here, you can donate 1% or 99%, or any amount you like.

If, of course, your preferred charity isn't on there, you can wait until you get paid and send it to them directly.

Money Squidoo donates on your behalf is not tax deductible and does not count as earnings.

Current List of Squidoo Charities 2011 - Check out the charities available and share your opinions

Current list of Squidoo Charities 2011
Current list of Squidoo Charities 2011

I have compiled a list of charities above and over the next few pages I have tried to give an overview of what each does and if I'd donate. I very much want your opinions on the matter to help inform people of which you'd choose, and why.

Do You Donate To The Squidoo Charity Fund?

How Do You Prefer To Donate? - Through your lenses, or directly?

How to you prefer to donate to charity?

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Squidoo Charity Guide Homepage

See Animal Rescue CharitiesSee Arts & Recreation CharitiesSee Environmental CharitiesSee Food Hand-out CharitiesSee Educational CharitiesSee International Awareness, Poverty & Sustainability CharitiesSee Medical CharitiesSee Military CharitiesSee Religious CharitiesSee Social Charities

I choose charities based first on whether I recognise them. This means, as I'm not from the US, that I go for the big, legitimate charities like Oxfam, KIVA and the SPCA (it has a different acronym for each country). Greenpeace isn't on Squidoo's list right now, sadly.

After that, I look for charities that support causes I care about - this involves a lot more legwork, and it can be hard to decide whether they're legit.

What are your tips for picking a charity?

Do you donate to A Broader View Volunteers Corp?

Do you donate to the Acumen Fund?

Do you donate to the Asante Africa Foundation?

Do you donate to Global Giving?

Do you donate to the GO Campaign?

Do you donate to the Grameen Foundation?

Do you donate to Food for Everyone?

Do you donate to the IRC?

Do you donate to Invisible Children?

Do you donate to Kiva?

Oxfam

Oxfam's a huge long-standing poverty support type charity. Like the Salvation Army, only with more building wells in Africa and providing cataract operations and less religion and foodbanks.

Sadly, it is not currently a Squidoo charity, although it used to be.

The Oxfam America website is at http://www.oxfamamerica.org

Charity Navigator RatingOverall Rating 3/4 Stars ( 51.07/70)Top-rated charity on Charity Watch under 'International Relief & Development'AIP Grade A-Did not pass criteria for evaluation on Give WellNot yet listed on Check A Charity

Do you donate to Oxfam?

Red Cross - An international humanitarian movement.

Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality

The Red Cross is an international organisation that is my first choice for disaster relief donations. Along with emergency services on local and international scales, it is involved in blood distribution, support of military veterans, community education

Internationally, it is also known as the Red Crescent because of the perceived Christian cross connotations of the cross (it is actually probably just an inverted version of the Swiss flag, where the Red Cross was first established. A red cross is very visible on a battlefield, as well).

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement website is at http://www.ifrc.org

The American Red Cross (for within America only) official website is http://www.redcross.org and other countries have their own individual sites.

The Red Cross is not currently signed up as a Squidoo charity.

Charity Navigator RatingOverall Rating 3/4 Stars ( 55.48/70)Top-rated charity on Charity Watch under 'Human Services'AIP Grade A-Check A Charity Details: Greater Kansas City Chapter and Greater Ozarks Chapter

American Red Cross didn't pass heuristics for further evaluation on Give Well

Do you donate to the Red Cross?

Do you donate to Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center?

Do you donate to United World Healing?

Do you donate to Wiser Earth?

Do you donate to Womens Future Benefit?

Do you donate to A Day of Hope?

Do you donate to CAER Food Shelf?

Do you donate to Planet Gumbo?

Do you donate to Project Bread?

Do you donate to Share Our Strength?

Do you donate to the Alara Advocacy Foundation?

Do you donate to Bears on Patrol?

Do you donate to CASA?

Do you donate to Characters of Character?

Do you donate to Child Aid?

Do you donate to Displaced People International?

Do you donate to DoSomething.org?

Do you donate to Global Youth Village?

Do you donate to Jennifer Ann's Group?

Do you donate to the The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund?

Do you donate to the Polly Klaas Foundation?

Do you donate to Project Vote Smart?

Do you donate to Save The Children?

Do you donate to the Straight Spouse Network?

Do you donate to Wisconsin Center 4 Missing Children & Adults?

Do you donate to Alive Arts Media // Alive Magazine?

Do you donate to the Bay Area Discovery Museum?

Do you donate to Jay Jay's Skate Park?

Do you donate to the Northwest Washington Theatre Group?

Do you donate to Friends of the Park?

Do you donate to Viva la Musica?

Do you donate to Dog Tags for Kids?

Do you donate to Guitars for Vets?

Do you donate to Hero Dogs?

Do you donate to Operation Gratitude?

Do you donate to Operation Helmet?

Do you donate to Soldiers' Angels?

Do you donate to the Ashram of Babaji?

Do you donate to the Cantors Assembly?

Do you donate to the Center for Church Communication?

Do you donate to Journeys of Faith?

Do you donate to New Identity Magazine?

Do you donate to Reiser Relief?

Do you donate to the Salvation Army?

Do you donate to ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries, Inc.?

Do you donate to The Volunteer Way?

Do you donate to Xylem Family Resource?

| Squidoo Charity Guide Homepage |

Global Poverty & Community Charities | Medical & Grief Support Charities | Education & Social Services Charities | Environmental & Animal Rescue Charities | Recreational, Military & Religious Charities

If you know of a new charity, or can't find an existing one, let me know, or submit it to the text plexo on the first page.

These are the charities I have yet to properly add:

Steve's Club (no proper lens)

Sisters of the Holy Family (no proper lens)

Madison Valley Aquatic Center

R.E.A.C.H. A Child! Indiana

Newfoundland Club of America

Nomsa

NCA CHarities

Wildlife SOS

African Way Foundation

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CJ Foundations for SIDS

CPI Stokes Legacy Project

Critter Camp

Critter Connection

Delmarva Discussions

DonnaBellas Angels

ONE Spirit

Nuci's Space - A Musician's resource and support center

SEEdebate.org

How Do You Choose Charities? - Or do you just take pot luck?

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I choose charities that I am familiar with, and that I can research to see that they are supporting causes that are important to me and that are able to use the donations properly. I also try to help when a specific need arises, such as a disaster, or some other emergency.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      This lens will be a great help to me in finding related charities for my lenses. Adding it to favorties.

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      ronpass lm 6 years ago

      An Angel Blessing for the research and presentation of this comprehensives information about Squidoo charities, how to assess them and how to contribute. This is a very helpful guide for lensmasters who are looking to contribute to Squidoo's goal of supporting charities.

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      I choose charities that I've heard something about and who I REALLY want to support. Then I will sometimes donate a bit to the general Squidoo charity fund, just because I hate the idea of there being so many great causes that I can't support, so if they have a tiny piece of the overall charity fund, then I can give them each a really tiny piece. But.... many drops in the bucket will eventually equal a full bucket.

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      Very Helpful! I have been working on a few charity lenses and your lens has all the info I need! Thank you !

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Great job of putting this together. There is one option missing though for how we prefer to donate. All of my lenses go 100% to my charity, which is what brought me to Squidoo in the first place. I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to have some fun with squidoodling and being able to help a great cause while doing so. It doesn't get much better! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great job on this lens. A wonderful resource for us. Thank you.

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      Thank you for doing this! I've spent hours and hours trying to find a current list and more info on Squidoo's charity, since they can come and go sometimes. Favorited so I can refer to it as needed. Thanks again~

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This will be a great resource as more than once I've looked over the list and it was so long and I had no clue what most of them were. Nicely done. blessed.