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Picking Charities
Every month I give X amount of dollars to a selected charity, so in the end 12 gets X a year from me. However, I don't have charities for the months of December, January, and February. Given some parameters I'll outline in the comments, any suggestions? Any charities you care about?
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44%a. This charity...
11%b. Or this one...
44%c. Stick to Jeopardy, poindexter

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#5 | 629 days ago

Friends and Helpers (battered women and children). LOVE this charity and the people who run it (husband of lady who started it is a dj for the morning radio show I listen to every morning). 


Semper Fi Fund (provides immediate financial support to injured and critically injured members of the U.S. military)

These are two of my favorites. 
This charity...  
  
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#1 | 629 days ago

Basically, I have three guidelines so to speak.

1.) If possible, a smaller, lesser known charity. Make A Wish is great, for example, but it's already quite big and has no problem getting donations.

2.) If possible, something non-medical related. I have plenty of those already.

Neither of those is a dealbreaker, this last one is though.

3.) It must be a secular charity. No if ands or buts.
#2 | 629 days ago

The seventh thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me...
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#3 | 629 days ago

(what the hell does Christmas have to do with this?)

Secular charity means non-religious?

Hmm, I don't give to charity other than the AHA and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The only other thing I used to donate to was local schools, so maybe that? I'm too poor to really do any of this now, though. Woe is me...
#4 | 629 days ago

(Edited by Jess)
We donate whether it be money, nonperishable food, or even time when we have it to local charities or local chapters of charities like Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, etc. This time of year I always like to grab at least one ornament off the local version of the Tree of Sharing (I'm not sure if that's something you have, I think a church started it up but I've also known non-religious people who benefit), and we've also gone into elementary schools to see if there might be a family they know of that we can anonymously help out.

Coats for Kids is definitely a good one if you're looking for winter month charities, if they've got something like that there.
Or this one...  
#5 | 629 days ago

Friends and Helpers (battered women and children). LOVE this charity and the people who run it (husband of lady who started it is a dj for the morning radio show I listen to every morning). 


Semper Fi Fund (provides immediate financial support to injured and critically injured members of the U.S. military)

These are two of my favorites. 
This charity...  
#6 | 629 days ago
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Wounded warrior Project 


#7 | 629 days ago

Providence House here in NJ, and its "graduate" course, Dottie's House.  Providence House is a shelter for battered women and their children who are hidden away from their abusers.  The women and children stay up to a year in Providence House, then they go to Dottie's House, where they can stay up to two years.  The women are given "jobs" in the house and are prepared to live on their own, away from the abusers.  The location is a secret.  Our local Rotary Club supports them every year.  One of the things we have done is to have a Holiday Party for them, complete with Santa.  We will buy a gift for the kids and have Santa give it to them.  We also got a florist to donate a rose for the mothers, and a present of perfume donated by one of the companies.  To see the look on the kids faces, and the mothers tears.....
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#8 | 629 days ago

I give money and volunteer for an organization in Louisville called Alley Cat Advocates.  People in the community trap feral cats and bring them in to be spayed or neutered in an event called The Big Fix.  These cats get treated for fleas and any other medical issues they have.  They are released back into the wild (feral adult cats do not make good pets) and are less aggressive and sometimes in better health than when they were brought in.  If kittens are involved, the kittens sometimes find homes over the course of the weekend. 
#9 | 629 days ago

All of the ones ^^^ mentioned are great. My "charity" goes to Autism Research, Survivors of Domestic Abuse and I do the give a coat thing. In fact the boys and I went through their clothes last weekend and we took them to a local shelter. My only "guideline" if it touches my heart, I do it.
Adopt a troop Eric, seriously, there are loads of men & women who have no family and would love a care package this holiday season.
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#10 | 629 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
All of the ones ^^^ mentioned are great. My "charity" goes to Autism Research, Survivors of Domestic Abuse and I do the give a coat thing. In fact the boys and I went through their clothes last weekend and we took them to a local shelter. My only "guideline" if it touches my heart, I do it.
Adopt a troop Eric, seriously, there are loads of men & women who have no family and would love a care package this holiday season.
I was thinking that, too... about donating to an actual family or person.
#11 | 629 days ago

I donate to Freepress.net  It defends Public Media. 

And to http://www.crudem.org/   Private hospital in Milot, Haiti.  My grandma used to make clothes for them.  It's a catholic thing. (I am NOT), but I give every month..   Really incredible stuff there.

Also,  Operation Smile........
This charity...  
#12 | 629 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
(what the hell does Christmas have to do with this?)

Secular charity means non-religious?

Hmm, I don't give to charity other than the AHA and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The only other thing I used to donate to was local schools, so maybe that? I'm too poor to really do any of this now, though. Woe is me...
Secular means non-religious, yes.
#13 | 629 days ago

I simply donate my money to my local homeless shelter, so that men/women who served their country don't have to hold signs on street corners. 
This charity...  
#14 | 628 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
(what the hell does Christmas have to do with this?)

Secular charity means non-religious?

Hmm, I don't give to charity other than the AHA and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The only other thing I used to donate to was local schools, so maybe that? I'm too poor to really do any of this now, though. Woe is me...
It's that time of year and the title made me think of the 12 Pains of Christmas.
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#15 | 627 days ago

Wounded Warrior Project
United Way
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The United Way
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#16 | 627 days ago

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
I simply donate my money to my local homeless shelter, so that men/women who served their country don't have to hold signs on street corners. 
Thank you for that from a homeless USMC Veteran.
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#17 | 624 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I was thinking that, too... about donating to an actual family or person.
How does one do that though? I have no idea.

(Also, just FYI, if you directly give to a person, it does not count as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. I don't itemize, so that's not an issue for me, but just to let you know if you give directly. Plus, I like doling out info I learned studying for the CPA. wink)
#18 | 624 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
How does one do that though? I have no idea.

(Also, just FYI, if you directly give to a person, it does not count as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. I don't itemize, so that's not an issue for me, but just to let you know if you give directly. Plus, I like doling out info I learned studying for the CPA. wink)
You can go to a social services office, or like I said above - an elementary school or something. They usually know the kids/families that could use help.
Or this one...  
#19 | 624 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
How does one do that though? I have no idea.

(Also, just FYI, if you directly give to a person, it does not count as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. I don't itemize, so that's not an issue for me, but just to let you know if you give directly. Plus, I like doling out info I learned studying for the CPA. wink)
I started with the homeless shelters and branched out to the food banks...those folks know everything. Some shelters only take donations through local shops, obviously there locations are not well known, but there are some in the city directories. Bing/google if your city has no phone book.

Deduction? Exactly why I give to people in some cases not organizations, I really am not worried about a few extra dollars off my taxes. If more people "paid it forward" we would live in a much better world.


Also, and I am honestly going after this: Local schools are always taking donations, you just walk in the office with it and drop it off. Lots of kids needing shoes and jackets.

oh shoot: Please don't forget our Service men and women.
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