|if I had... on Nov 10, 2011 @ 09:46 am|
If I had a large amount of money to donate, instead of donating to a charity, I'd actually pick something like an orphanage, or a non profit organization in the country I want to help and I would give them the money directly. That way I know the full amount is going to those who need it and not paying for overhead.
Or, i'd finally realize my dream of the specialized women's home....that's another story :-)
|tough question! on Nov 10, 2011 @ 09:58 am|
There are so many very worthwhile causes out there, and I'm always torn. I end up giving smallish amounts to quite a few different ones but I have wanted to zero in on 1 or 2 main causes and hopefully make a larger impact.
While all causes are definitely worthy, I tend to give my financial support to disaster relief (local, national, international), 3rd world aid (famine/medical crises), and children's homes (like for orphans or group homes).
I also try to get involved in volunteer activities (mainly around my kids' school, extracurriculars, and local community events) and clothing drives in non-monetary ways.
Yesterday I got a call about breast cancer fundraising and felt quite bad about saying no (but as I say, I'm trying to focus my efforts - not that I don't feel for breast cancer patients!!). The telemarketer was a little incredulous that I wouldn't make a donation, but I felt like I had to stick to my guns. That's another pet peeve - often when you say no, they make you feel bad.
|another thought... on Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:01 am|
I have also wanted to look into underfunded charities. I think some of the major charities have a lot of attention and tremendous strides have been made, but then there are a lot of other charities who can't accomplish much at all because they don't have the PR muscle behind them. That was another reason I said no to the Breast Cancer people... they have many many avenues to drum up support. Helping an underfunded school or volunteer fire department is in my mind extremely important too.
Ali de Bold
|So many good ones on Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:15 am|
MCC, World Vision, Doctors Without Borders. We contribute on a regular basis to charities. I think everyone should help out according to what you can afford but it needs to be a priority in your life otherwise it's easy to keep spending without giving back. No need to wait for a windfall to start donating.
|Toughie! on Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:26 am|
I'm not sure- I don't think I could ever give to one specific charity.
I'd love to give some to a hospital like Princess Margaret here in Toronto, that specializes in cancer treatment, especially because my mother works there in that department. Growing up (and still to this day), my family always gave to a foster child program like World Vision- similar to the Because I Am A Girl campaign and I've always believed that they did great work. I also think donating to Red Cross would be great because they do such a variety of work and are especially important in emergency relief.
|wow on Nov 10, 2011 @ 12:47 pm|
That's a hard one for me because there's just so many I would want to
The Fashion P.A.
|There are soo many... on Nov 10, 2011 @ 12:50 pm|
I would donate to Cancer Research and the Ronald McDonald Charity House. Would love to give give back/support after what they did for my niece and family.
|Hmm... on Nov 11, 2011 @ 12:46 pm|
There are many that I have in mind. However, being an animal rights activist I would donate to Peta. I truly believe that animals need our protection because they simply cannot do that by themselves. People can be so cruel in this world (in this respect, mostly due to ignorance) they need to be educated on animal rights and welfare in order to change their ways... by donating to Peta this would increase awareness. Thanks for asking this great question!!
|!!!!!!!!!! on Nov 12, 2011 @ 07:48 pm|
Good question, too tough to answer! I think I would really use money to travel to poor countries to volunteer. I think that would be an amazing experience. Also, a heart wrenching one... :'(