Is there a website that lets ordinary non-millionaires do charity blackmail stunts, a la Donald Trump
? For example, suppose I'd like to set up a page where individuals can pledge $X to charity if Donald Trump goes 24 hours without talking. The website would take credit card numbers in advance; if the Donald keeps his mouth shut, the cards would be billed and the money passed on to charity. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Women's charities, federations, or other groups I can donate to that will actually accomplish things with the money I send? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Sep 30, 2012 -
In each mail delivery to her home, my mother-in-law gets about a dozen urgent requests for help with protecting our borders or our seaports or the Constitution or the rights of seniors or for money to aid Native American children or children with serious ailments or disabilities. A few years ago, her daughters discovered that she was sending out a few small checks every day, amounting to about $500 a month. Which is not the problem. The problem is that she gives full credence to these solicitations, feels obliged to study them carefully, and worries about the local or national calamities or potential calamities that they describe. And she cannot be dissuaded from the idea that the solicitations are directed to her personally because her name is prefixed or inserted throughout the text.
I'm sure that many MeFites have encountered this problem with a naive, older relative. Any suggestions, other than trying to stop mail from people she believes to be her friends?
posted by RichardS
on Jan 22, 2012 -
When all is settled from a deceased family member's estate (though this may take a while), I will be inheriting a substantial amount of money - including about 150k from sold stocks (after taxes). The vast majority of what I'll be inheriting was earned from fairly ethical means, but most of what will come from the stocks are from corporations that I consider pretty shitty and abhorrent. What's the best way to do something positive and helpful to communities and people with this money? Simple donation to organizations and charities with solid reputations? Setting up a charitable trust? Please help me with some ideas.
posted by anonymous
on Aug 14, 2011 -
My (high-school) club is going to be working this semester to end human trafficking through fundraising and awareness. What organization(s) should we donate to/work with? [more inside]
posted by kylej
on Jan 25, 2011 -
Any idea where to download pre-formatted notes to put in those irritating red Salvation Army buckets, explaining why you aren't donating? [more inside]
posted by melogranato
on Dec 5, 2009 -
Looking for good charities for helping to progress women's rights in the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka
on Jun 23, 2009 -
Does anyone maintain a "Do not give list"? By this, I mean a list of charities that engage in telephone telemarketing, and hence to whom one should avoid giving donations. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Dec 31, 2008 -
For Brooklynites in particular and New Yorkers in general: can you give me some suggestions for where to donate my excess medical supplies? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Jul 31, 2007 -
If I want to make donations in peoples' names without them being subjected to an onslaught of requests for more $ from the organizations I choose, where do I turn? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench
on Dec 8, 2005 -
To which non-profit organizations do you donate money and why?
posted by lois1950
on Aug 20, 2005 -
Does anyone have experiences with an organization called Save the Children?
The website looks legit, but the volunteers (paid?) they have roving through downtown feel scetchy. They are as aggressive as fanatical knife salesmen. Is this a good organization with a bad public presentation of itself? Or is there something darker (profit driven) going on? [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles
on Feb 14, 2005 -
My girlfriend and I are opening a savings account where we can put away some money to give to a charity for the homeless. We live in Boston--what organizations should we be looking at around here?
posted by josh
on Jan 28, 2005 -
Does anyone know of any charities/aid agencies in the London area that are in need of volunteers for the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal? [MI] [more inside]
posted by floanna
on Dec 31, 2004 -
I'm interested in finding a good charity to support. However, I've had worries... [+] [more inside]
posted by Saydur
on Dec 18, 2004 -
I have a car that is past its usable life. I'd like to donate it to charity A quick search yields a huge amount of organizations that will "take care" of it for me - so many that the whole thing is starting to feel like a scam. Has anyone donated a car to charity before? Did the promised tax deduction work out? Anyway I could choose a local non-profit to give the money to? The car is currently undriveable.
Tax laws change next year so I need to get this done quickly - by the way, I live in Massachusetts if it matters. [more inside]
posted by dhacker
on Dec 18, 2004 -
Homeless shelters/charities in DC? I have a gazillion little hotel shampoos and lotions as well as some other unused regular toiletries I'd like to get rid off. Rather than chuck them or leave them in the lobby for my neighbors, I'm thinking a shelter for women might want them. Any recommendations? Googling brings up several but I have no idea which to choose.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Dec 13, 2004 -
I'm going to get rid of my old car and I'd like to donate it, but google searches for anything remotely related seem to be gamed by just a couple organizations. If anyone knows of a Portland or Oregon based charity picking up and accepting cars, care to share them with me? I'm leaning towards charities that deal with health issues, animals, and teens (being areligious, I would lean toward secular charities).
posted by mathowie
on Dec 6, 2004 -
So I was thinking of starting a charitable blog project wherein I participate in every "Move for a cause" marathon event local to me (ie. walk for the cure, terry fox run, etc.).
What I need to know is this: [More Inside, obviously] [more inside]
posted by Evstar
on Jun 13, 2004 -
What is the best way to determine if a charitable organization is legit? I'd like to donate to spiritofamerica.net
but want to make sure my cash would go where they say it will. They claim to be a "501c3 public foundation" but I couldn't find a .gov searchable database for those.
posted by gwint
on Mar 23, 2004 -