I have several charities that I donate to each year. Some of these charities reliably have a period during the year where all donations are matched by some program. But I also know that charities like having reliable recurring donation streams as it allows planning etc. Is it better to set up a recurring monthly donation to them, or to wait and make single annual donations during their matching programs? Assume that I will donate the same amount of cash either way.
I somehow believe there was a THING going on in the 1990s/2000s that involved all kinds of pop stars and presenters and performances that were deliberately intended to be edited into one continuous stream that would fit together (going forward and backward, too). [more inside]
My grandmother wants to donate some money to a charity working for peace in the middle east. She doesn't want to support an organisation working for or motivated by religion. She wants to donate in UK pounds. Does anyone have any ideas? I have suggested Medecins Sans Frontieres, but she would prefer something focused more on peace. Thanks!
Some family members and I have money that we would like to pool together to support a shared, lifelong value: the promotion of animal welfare. At least for the near-future, we have ruled out starting our own charity and are, thus, more interested in giving sizeable financial support to existing charities. But what is the best means of doing this that would also achieve some of our other aims? [more inside]
I have a relative who benefits from a charitable organization. I have money, but not enough to give the same amount of benefits this organization provides. Is it ok for me to give this charitable organization a donation that I will claim on my taxes? [more inside]
I'm writing a piece of fiction and have a character who works in fundraising for a big nonprofit. Is there anything I can read to find out what this sort of work is like? [more inside]
I would like to donate some money to combat global warming. I'm thinking more of orgs that influence public policy than carbon offset donations, because the former seem to have greater impact, but welcome opinions to the contrary. [more inside]
Every year I donate to two charities, one for humans (Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief, etc) and one for animals. I'd like to donate for the conservation of tigers, but I'm not sure which charity is best. Details within. [more inside]
I'd love to get my family meaningful and nifty gifts along the lines of (Red) and TOMS, where you buy a thing and proceeds are given to charities. My family is passionate about dog rescue, helping women become self-sufficient, fighting poverty and children's rights. A high level of gift niftiness is essential so the presents should lean more towards fabulous bracelets or scarves and lean far away from a letter of thanks.
I'm working with a charitable organisation right now that is, among other things, collecting clothing and goods for refugees around Europe, whether on the move or in refugee/asylum centres. We have been working on setting up efficient systems for managing collection including volunteer management, sorting and inventory. However our biggest problem is communicating our collection point. [more inside]
For xmas, we'd like to give a donation on another's behalf to an organization that helps with refugees fleeing that have brought their pets with them. [more inside]
Help Me Determine How I Should Spend My Charity Funds [more inside]
I was contacted recently by an ex-gf living in California, with a tale of woe. Sent some money along, and apparently things are getting worse, and amazingly, less believable. Any ideas on how to verify any of this? [more inside]
Bad things seem to happen a lot, and one of the problems I find myself running into is the fact that after the events happen, there's usually no quick and easy way to find out where to send any money or time. Is there a site anyone knows about that serves as a central place that gives suggestions to where to donate? [more inside]
Every time I buy something at Petsmart, the cashier finishes by asking "and do you want to add $1 for homeless pets?" If paying by debit, the last screen offers you options for what amount to donate. Of course I would like to support homeless pets - via my local nonprofit, whenever possible - but is this a good way to do it? [more inside]
I volunteer for an educational charity and got a DBS check at their request in 2013. At that time, they didn't have a process in place for checking volunteers so I found my own provider. Last year, the new administrator was collating the DBS checks for all the trustees and the board. In the intervening time, they'd chosen a specific provider for the charity to use going forward and got everyone to bring the requisite documentation in person. I brought in my actual DBS certificate. They were confused, and they said they weren't sure it would be valid if they hadn't done the check themselves. [more inside]
Advocates, researchers, activists, and policymakers - after recent news stories about distressing topics such as species extinction, police brutality, voter suppression, and global warming, I'm often stuck between hopelessness and wanting to work for change, but feeling really lost about where to start. What are your suggestions for the field or fields you know most about. [more inside]
I have managed to accumulate (over time and several bad buying decisions) three pairs of quality-make men's shoes of different types, all in nearly-new condition, that I don't want or can't wear, and I'd like them to go to someone who could really use them. The thing they have in common is each has a non-obvious flaw that would cause buyer's regret in anyone who actually paid money for them, so Goodwill is out. [more inside]
In light of the recent earthquakes, I am looking for the best and easiest way to setup a page that accepts donations for a small, local, Nepali nonprofit. [more inside]
A very good friend has requested that I make a donation in memory of a loved one who unexpectedly passed away, preferably to a no-kill pet shelter. I can Google or search Yelp, but I was hoping that people here could suggest a shelter they recommend from personal experience - I'm in Portland, my friend is in the Bay Area, and I'd prefer to find a no-kill shelter in one of those areas (but I suppose it really doesn't matter much).
My son, a senior in high school, would like to have a class t-shirt made for any of the students who would like to pre-order a shirt. We though it would be appropriate to give any profits from the shirt sales to a particular charity. Living in Seattle, WA, and only selling shirt pre-sales in person to other students, what do we need to know to keep our claim of “profits go to charity” above-board? (…or where should we be looking/asking for these sort of rules?) [more inside]
We donated a service provided by a third party (i.e. "not us") to a deduction-qualified church. The service has a clearly established price of $150. We didn't pay for the service, because the right to the service was given to us in compensation for the provider botching another instance of the service. Can we claim a deduction on our US federal taxes for the normal price of the service? [more inside]
Hello! I read a history of my hometown and in the 1920s they would have a bet on which day the ice would crack on the lake every spring with half of the proceeds going to charity and half to the winner. I would like to do something similar in my city regarding the first day the temperature rose over 100 degrees. [more inside]
I'm done with charitable organizations. I'm looking to help real people in real situations. I need help figuring out how to find these people and help them out in the least dramatic way possible. [more inside]
How can I find lists of wealthy individuals in my local area? [more inside]
I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
Let's say I really care about some charity. I'd like to do an online fundraising drive---with premiums that I send to donors. I'm not affiliated with the charity, or I am but this drive is an independent, personal initiative. Either way, the charity isn't involved except for the happy day when they get a check. Is there some online service that makes all this easy for me? [more inside]
Tell me about fundraising for charity walk/run-type events. [more inside]
Is there a UK-based equivalent to the EFF? [more inside]
Recommend me a neat 2015 wall calendar whose purchase benefits a good cause!
One of my favorite little and silly gifts to give people is adopting a lobster from the UK's National Lobster Hatchery. What are other similar inexpensive and slightly silly -- but ideally also socially/environmentally conscious -- gifts you like to give people? Ideally it's a similar deal where they don't actually get more stuff to deal with, or if they do it's some sort of small acknowledgement that they won't feel bad about throwing out or recycling.
What is the Miss Manners approved method for dealing with chuggers? [more inside]
I have two gift cards with small amounts on them (just under $5 total) and to be honest I'd much rather give it to a charity than mess with trying to spend it at the store. It seems like a trivial amount but I figure it'd be better than nothing. The problem I'm having is finding a cause that will accept less than ten dollars by card. Any ideas?
A few years ago I started a tool bank, lending tools to charities in the English West Midlands. It has received a lot of support from grantmakers, but there are so few borrows it has been demoralising. I have always sought out volunteers to assist in day to day work and marketing, but never found anyone through any established volunteer centre for the almost two years they have advertised the job descriptions. I am now working on merging the tool bank into a resource library of culinary equipment and tools in Sandwell, the borough next to where I live in Dudley. Despite it being run in conjunction with the council, so a municipal effort available to anyone with a public library card, I worry about not ever being able to find volunteers. What are some volunteer recruitment solutions I could try that have worked for you in a place where initially, it was difficult to create a base? I am engaging with a volunteer management professional, but I also want to have ideas if the library group chooses to not fund her interim role.
The recent events in Ferguson and most recently around Eric Garner in NYC where I live have really hit me and I'd like to donate to make a difference. [more inside]
I was moved to tears by recent news reportage of the Ebola virus. (The story about the child dying on the floor and being dumped with chlorine just haunts me.) I've given money, but want to do more. The problem is I've just moved to a new place, and the only people I know are also young mothers. [more inside]
How would a ham have been presented in a church holiday food basket in the early 1970s? [more inside]
I've had a brush with a Charity called Plan International. I want to make a one time donation to Plan International - but not of it is BS. Do you have knowledge of this Charity? They have positive reviews, but when the consideration is poor countries with corrupt infrastructure, I'm unsure. I've never heard of this organization before. Please impart your experience if you have direct knowledge with Plan International. Thank you. [more inside]
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
My vision plan is flooding me with eyeglasses. Can I get creative with donating glasses to charity? [more inside]
Hi! I'd like to give someone the gift of a charity donation to a gun (well, anti-gun) charity. Can anyone recommend one -- esp. if they have the option of "gifting" a donation rather than just making one? And how do you actually give a charity donation to someone if that "gift" option isn't available? Just let them know? A receipt seems tacky. Thanks!
How can I get rid of a small stock of unused and unopened medical supplies? [more inside]
My fiancé and I would like to make our first joint gift to charity around the time we get married. It would be nice if the charity is marriage-related in some way. We're already aware of and are considering organizations that promote marriage-equality, but are also looking for other ideas. (For example, we found one that works to prevent child marriage, and others that help survivors of domestic abuse.) Other suggestions -- preferably specific recommendations -- along these lines? US-based would be the most convenient.
I am looking to start a program within my community to distribute front and rear bicycle lights, hopefully free of charge, to anyone in need. Can anyone suggest a vendor or retailer that could/would offer wholesale prices on a single order to a person, organization, or entity that would distribute the lights, again, hopefully free of charge, but in the worst case scenario, at cost? [more inside]
If a homeless person requests cigarettes, should I fulfill that request? [more inside]
I'm on the Corporate Social Responsibility team at work, and one of the things I'd really like to do this winter is a "Giving Tree", where people can choose a gift to buy for a stranger in tough times. Have you done this? Can you help me figure out how to make it happen? [more inside]
Can anyone provide instances of humanitarian efforts on a global or national scale that ended up exacerbating matters or creating new problems? What made these efforts different from successful ventures? [more inside]
My dear friend is entering the hospital tomorrow and joining the heart transplant list. We need to open a bank account so we can start accepting Paypal donations from friends and family who live too far away to help make meals, etc. What questions should I be asking a bank? Ideas on how to get started? [more inside]
My wife & I are playing in a charity scrabble tournament this weekend, called "Scrabble for Cheaters." Basically, players can "buy cheats" based on how much money they raised, and one of the cheats is to use a word from any other language. If anyone out there has a decent knowledge of Klingon and also Scrabble strategy, could you give us some pointers on Klingon words that are seven letters or fewer, and potentially high scoring for Scrabble? Thanks!
I'd like to donate some of my time to a charitable organization. The skill I have to offer is copywriting and editing. I can, obviously, do this remotely so the organization could be located anywhere in the world. What's the best way to locate organizations that might be interested in free writing and editing? Is this even a thing?