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January 20th, 2004

Charity

I can’t believe I haven’t asked this before, but I haven’t: do you contribute to any charity?

I can’t say that I do at the moment. For a time last year, my wife and I contributed to Chicago Public Radio – which isn’t a charity per se, but is the closest I’ve been to one in some time. I still think of a charity as something greater though. I’ve been giving serious consideration to donating to the EFF and ACLU. With the ACLU in particular, I’m reminded of a great scene in The American President saying that everyone should be a member of the ACLU. I’m starting to believe it.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 9:48:53 am
I'm a member of Amnesty International, though I don't tend to be able to give more than my membership dues annually. But I do what I can.



FROM: Brody
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 9:56:51 am
I give a very large portion of my income - say %35 - to Federal and State charity. That's enough for me.



FROM: Greg
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:00:21 am
I've donated to charities in the past and how do they thank me? By sending obscene amounts of mail asking for more donations. I'm shying away from donations to larger organiztions that waste donation dollars on mass mailings and large overhead.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:05:24 am
I'm a member of the Purdue Alumni Assoc - so I've got that going for me. I've given to the EFF in the past, United Way, American Diabetes Assoc, and probably a few others. Right now my charitable contributions are minimal.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:07:42 am
I generally donate to Progeria-related charities (Sunshine and the PRF) and animal rights-related charities (Farm Sanctuary, the more local Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary, etc.) with a dash of EFF and anti-RIAA thrown in for good measure.

I never donate to anyone that calls for a donation. Here's a way to have some fun next time someone calls representing the local police or fire charity: ask them if the charity will get all of your donation. The person will generally stumble a bit, then ask them what percentage the charity will receive. The response will likely be, "We can't guarantee a specific percentage." I'd rather walk my donation to the firehouse/police station myself and hand them a check (or wait until a volunteer comes door-to-door).



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:27:56 am
I aways gave to the volunteer fire department in Leesburg. One of neighbors was a volunteer firefighter and he came by collecting once or twice a year.



FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:35:05 am
I support the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps kids with cancer at Hershey Medical Center; I also support a local homeless shelter and an organization that helps the "working poor" get back on their feet by learning to budget their money and other resources. I also support my church and their various outreaches.



FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 10:38:24 am
I've often wished that donations to charity were something to brag about publicly, like having a nicer car. I think if giving were a status symbol, perhaps no one would be in need. Sadly, it's kinda boorish to talk about giving, as is any financial conversation in this country.

Thanks, Paul, for the culture jamming!

That said, it's probably no surprise to the folks here who know me that Bill and I are very concerned about our charity dollars. Right now we're giving 10% of our net to two local spots: Central City Concern ( http://www.centralcityconcern.org/ ) and Sisters of the Road Cafe ( http://www.sistersoftheroadcafe.org/ ). And because the word can't be spread too far on this one, we've also set up a givelist at the wonderful What Goes Around: http://www.whatgoesaround.org/ .

10% is a pittance, and as we get out of debt and finish establishing our household over the next couple years, we plan on upping that to about 30%.



FROM: Barbara
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 1:25:25 pm
I donate to the United Way. My work does it through payroll deduction, so you just have to designate an amount. If you donate 1% of your salary or more my work lets us wear jeans on Friday, which we don't normally do.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 2:08:27 pm
Our radio stations all raise tons of money for the United Way. In addition, I do what I can to help raise money for MDA and local fire companies.

No matter what your beliefs are, support them. Not just in words, but in actions and donations.



FROM: Alex
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 3:35:20 pm
I give annually to a local Hospice organization. My father, in his passing days, was cared for by Hospice workers and they were wonderful for both him and our family. I like giving to them because it seems so personal.



FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 3:58:21 pm
Also, I've considered giving to the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), as it's absolutely insane what sort of cases people try to make against comic book creators and store owners.



FROM: paulo
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 5:45:33 pm
i think its kinda wrong to talk about how much exactly one gives- it runs the risk of appearing a do-gooder/miser. I think Oxfam and Cafod do very good work, and I would much prefer to give to a charity that helps humans rather than animals- whilst humans in many places are in great suffering they should have the priority.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 6:00:47 pm
I think Oxfam and Cafod do very good work, and I would much prefer to give to a charity that helps humans rather than animals- whilst humans in many places are in great suffering they should have the priority.

Helping animals and helping humans aren't mutually exclusive. One can do both. In fact, helping one can help the other... I'll avoid going into my spiel about how factory farms directly contribute to food shortage.



FROM: Dan
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 9:13:11 pm
I like Heifer International:

http://heifer.org/

It allows you to give a gift to help children and families around the world become self-reliant.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 11:06:39 pm
After the September 11th show put on by United Way and the lies they told about donation use, I can't believe anyone is still giving money to those assholes!!!!!!



FROM: Greg
DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 9:14:49 am



FROM: Greg
DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 9:17:47 am
Damn fingers aren't working this morning.

How about Joan Kroc (wife of Ray, founder of McDonalds) giving $1.5 Billion to the Salvation Army. Nice.



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