The lies about charities

@savypat (20245)
United States
April 28, 2013 11:58am CST
I read one of those e-mails that says all charities are lies, they are all set up to make someone rich. Goodwill is one of the most profitable ones. So I thought about this and came to the conclusion I DON'T CARE. I know that GoodWill gets used clothing and other things, this makes jobs for many people, these things are then sold to people who cannot afford to buy in the usual stores. So let's count the benefits. One, it takes in things that would otherwise end in the dump. Two, it gives employment to those that run the stores, sort the items and sell them, and Three, it resells used items to others who cannot afford to get them any other way. Big deal if it makes the guy at the top rich. In my experience the guys at the top of anything earn their money.
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• United States
28 Apr 13
All charities are not the same. The Salvation Army ceo seems to get by on his salary and it isn't big like some others are.
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@dragon54u (31647)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Most of my giving goes to the Salvation Army. They keep the money local, helping the givers' area rather than sending it overseas--unless you stipulate that it should be sent there. They sponsor camps for disadvantaged children and really make a difference. I admire the fact that most of the money goes to the intended recipients. I think a lot of this is due to the fact that it is a religion-backed charity that takes its faith seriously and hires workers and administrators who do the same.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 13
I don't like charities that keep sending you literature in the post for donations, the money they waste on postage and paper! They could save that and give it to the people they are supposed to support. I support animal charities mainly and when I die, I won't have any dependents and my relatives ain't getting a penny of my money, not the way they've treated me, every single penny is going to the animal sanctuary where we get our cats from.
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@Pose123 (21666)
• Canada
28 Apr 13
Hi savypat, I don't think that all charities are lies although there are some that I would not support. Something like Goodwill helps others just as you explained. If someone at the top is getting rich, that is their problem. Blessings.
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@GardenGerty (112410)
• United States
28 Apr 13
I see lots of people who are envious of anyone who is successful. Goodwill works, I love to give my stuff to them or any other thrift shop. Your attitude is great and shows what a great spirit you have as well. I refuse to be envious of those at the top, because no one really knows what they go through in their everyday life.
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@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
28 Apr 13
not all charities are bad....It is very wise to check out each one that you give to . You mention the Good will...... The top man gets about 1/2 million to 3/4 million year in salary.... Everything is donated....and it is sold for in my opinion more than it should be.. The workers are paid minimum wage...... You would think that it being a charitable origination..This man would care a little bit more about his employees, and pay them a wage where they could make a living, and the stuff in the store could be a little cheaper.....
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• Canada
28 Apr 13
I also donate clothing and household items to a charitable organization that resells them. I am well aware that they do this. The money that they raise in their specific stores goes towards helping mentally challenged adults find jobs and suitable living situations, etc. Like you, I am fine with them reselling items that I no longer need anyway. They call me when they will be in my area and offer to pass by to collect what I may have. It's convenient -- I leave my bags or boxes on the front porch and they pick them up, leaving a tag on my door to let me know they were the ones that took the stuff away. I've been criticized by people who say "Don't you know they SELL what you give them?!" and they tell me I should find someone to give things to directly or contact churches and other groups in my area. What they don't know is that I have DONE those things and am often turned away because groups are not accepting donations or have nowhere to store things. Many of them hold their meetings in school gyms or basements of commercial buildings and do not have their own spaces. They aren't in the same position to accept a lot of donated items. I've also tried to donate food, clothing, etc., to underprivileged children in my kids' schools -- and again I've been told that I can't do that. So, I will stick with the organization I've been contributing to and let them benefit in whatever way they can with what I donate. For anyone that doesn't know, there are quite a number of "watchdog" sites, too, that can help us to understand the validity, legitimacy and transparency of various charities. Charity Navigator is one of the best known: http://www.charitynavigator.org/
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@marguicha (121710)
• Chile
28 Apr 13
I agree that most, if not all, charities fill the wrong pockets. But I also agree that anyway it helps some. What I do is to try to see a way to bypass the very rich on top. For example, the clothes I don`t need, I give to my helper. She doesn`t need them (as clothes anyway) because she dresses far better than I do. But she takes them and sells them where she lives to poor people who pay her in small monthly payments. With that money she buys good shoes for her grandchildren and her very lazy daughter has to work a bit collecting it.
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@betlynfrnds (2192)
• United States
28 Apr 13
The only 2 organizations that I donate to regularly are The Humane Society and The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. I know them both well enough to be confident that they truly use my donations properly. Over the past few weeks, it seemed like most every time I was in a check out line in a store, I was asked if I wanted to donate to this charity or that one. I politely refused each time. Then I went to my local pet specialty store and was asked if I'd like to donate a can of food for The Humane Society. Before the clerk could finish talking I told her yes, of course. Then she asked if I'd like to donate for cats or dogs. I said yes again. Both; ring it up. There is a lot of ugly politics when it comes to many of the charitable groups these days. It's very sad because, there are many who are in need. Greed is a very nasty thing and it is quite common, I'm afraid.
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• India
28 Apr 13
Everyone is not like the people what you suggested. Several people are there doing some charity works without gaining any popularity, or money. In our country, there is one organisation called MFG, this organisation is handled by one Mr. Gopal Nair who is controlling everything through his labtop. There is no office, office people etc. But members are all over the world. He will point out some needy people, and request the members of MFG to donate some thing. By this way, they are helping 100s of mothers, girls, family etc. They are giving regularily Rs.1000 every month to these people. Several eye operations conducted for needy and poor people with the help of the members of MFG.
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@mariaperalta (19089)
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Not all are bad. Yes some give less money to the groups they represent. But if you ask for the laws you can see that before you give. I only gave and will give to the united way in the usa. I dont donate except to my church here in Mexico.
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@andy77e (5161)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Sounds like you met someone engaged in loser talk. Loser talk is when you complain constantly about other people who are winning, because you are lazy and want an excuse for being loser. Instead of learning from rich people, and do what they do to make money, you just whine and complain about those who win. There's an old phrase we've used for years. You get what you pay for. The problem is, that also applies to people, including managers. You don't pay for a good high quality manager to run your charity, you'll end up with a poorly managed charity. It's worth it to pay.
@emily7339 (1339)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 13
Well, I do give to the charity in the past. We will never know how genuine they are . However, I would prefer to donate to my church instead .