What Charities Do You Donate To?

@kellys3ps (3726)
United States
November 11, 2008 4:09pm CST
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, retailers will not be the only ones asking for our money - many charities also conduct many raising campaigns at this time as well. I was wondering, do you donate to any charities, if so, which ones? Also, make sure that your charity isn't on this list: http://www.examiner.com/x-302-Scam-Examiner~y2008m11d11-Dont-be-fooled-by-the-word-veterans which features charities that are not "not living up to their mission." Why? Because they spend over 50% of their budget on for-profit professional fundraising companies and very little providing services.
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@Raven7317 (693)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I like to donate services and goods rather than money, directly to those in need. For example, this time of year, I donate new toys to our local Fire Departments who serve the needy for X-Mas. I call to see who's on the list; I get the gender, age and wish list of children who are from those in need and I do what I can. Also, the communities ALL prepare warm meals and serve the homeless/poor. I volunteer to serve and then I deliver meals to shut-ins. My favorite activity is to gather things that we all take for granted; toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, talc powder, razors and lotions and take them to the local Vet Shelter. Together with woolen socks, gloves, hats, and maybe a few blankets, this is a loving donation to a Vet Shelter or Homeless Shelter. I don't give cash very often, unless it's to a military institution... but I do what I can to get those in need, what they need.
• United States
20 Nov 08
It's nice that you asked that as I am doing all that I can to raise finances and help for homeless veterans and children. I have spoken to a number of veterans that told me they fought in wars and received medals and everything but who are not getting benefits nor any help from the government and are homeless. Yes, they have their right DD214's and everything (that's the proper paper work.) Their are also families who have lost their homes for diffrent reasons/causes and some children who are totally abandoned and all of these I want to help. As far as a charity/fund raiser you can contact me at: veteranshere@yahoo.com. I am going to do something about it.
@jayyerex (224)
• Canada
19 Nov 08
Obviously we all have our priorities. I am the father of four children and I have next to no money to donate. I am however working towards having my part time business become my full time business. Once this happens then I can look forward to helping the B.C Childrens Hospital. I have real soft spot for the young ones, especially the ones who are in pain and suffering. I have grand plans and hope that one day I can contribute monthly. I have a plan to be full time in a years time. At that point I will present my first cheque to them. I am very excited for that day.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 08
Hi Kelly, my favorite charity organisation is the Salvation Army, and I donate to some shelter homes for abused and abandoned children. I'm not really sure if they are really providing proper services; I just believe that I've given in faith. If they choose to misuse/abuse the funds, they would have to answer for it, one way or other!