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Charities I Like
I get appeals for charity all the time. I'm not in a position where I can respond to all of them, but I want to keep a list of them so that when I can afford to give to them, I have all of them in one spot.
The picture above are cut outs I received from Feeding America. They have salient facts about why each type of food is important for kids to eat. If they have enough money to spend on that, they don't need my money as much as someone who is going to buy the actual food those pictures represent, so I no longer give to them.
Newest Charities - new for me, that is
Here are the latest charities I know of and like.
It's a brilliant, simple idea: mobile buses with showers for the homeless.
Help The Homeless
- The Doe Fund
I thought the men in blue were hired by the city until I took a closer look. The Doe Fund takes homeless men and women and gives them job training and other help. The Doe Fund's mission is to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs t
- LavaMae (Wash Me)
A brilliant idea. Take a mobile bus, install showers, and take it to the people who need them. There are only 16 public showers in San Francisco. This organization wants to pick up the slack.
Small or Large; Local or National
There are so many places out there doing so much good, but I sometimes wonder if the small amount I can give even helps. My head knows that the answer is a resounding yes - every little bit really does help. But I can't help but think that giving $5 to a local food bank helps them more than $5 to the National Red Cross. What do you think?
Do you prefer to give to small organizations or big ones?
Oldies, but Goodies - You've Heard of Them for a Reason
- USO (United Service Organizations)
I think of the USO is the organization that brings celebrities to our soldiers (I'm sure you've seen the clips of Bob Hope), but it turns out that they do quite a bit more. From deployment kits that help prepare military children and their families p
Charities for Haiti - Yes, they still need help
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, devastating the already impoverished country. Within the next two weeks, over 50 after shocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been reported.
Six months later, the AP reported that 98% of the rubble in capital Port au Prince has yet to be cleared and bodies are still being found.
It'll be a long time before they don't need the help anymore. Here are some organizations that I like. (KarateKatGraphics from Which Charities for Haiti reminds you to check out any charity before donating.
Update: Domes for Haiti appears to be out of business. Their link no longer works.
GHESKIO (a French acronym that stands for Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) has been collaborating for over 30 years with Weill Cornell Medical College. Traditionally they work with AIDS and HIV positive pa
Even if you can't give money, your time and expertise can be just as valuable.
- American Jewish World Service
AJWS fights hunger, disease and poverty in the developing world. It offers service volunteer opportunities with a difference. AJWS advocates for global change. It also educates the American Jewish community about global issues
- American Friends of Magen David Adom (Israel's version of the Red Cross)
The majority of the funds collected for AFMDA go to buy emergency vehicles for Magen David Adom in Israel. Magen David Adom (MDA) and its team of trained volunteer and professional medical responders provides the entire nation's pre-hospital emergenc
Check Out Your Charity
Not all charities are created equal. Some aren't charities at all, just scams set up to pull at your heartstrings and wallet.
A number of website are dedicated to rating charities. I recommend looking at one or more to see where your charity rates.
- American Institute's of Philanthropy's Charity Watch
This web site will provide you with information about our organization, the charities we rate, and our method of grading charities. Special features will focus on top salaries, top-rated groups, and hot topics in America's most popular causes such as
- Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 of America's largest charities.
- Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (the Alliance) helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. The Alliance was formed in 2001 through the merger of the N