What rules do you use for estimating the value of things you give to charity? The organizations we donate to ask us to estimate the value for tax purposes ourselves, rather than doing it for us. I know we obviously should not use the full price that we paid for the item. I am wondering if it is okay to value items at, for example, what we might get for them off Craigslist (sometimes say 1/3 to 1/2 or in rare cases even 2/3 what we paid, depending on the item and condition), or whether we should be valuing at more like what I'd use for a yard sale price of like 1/10th or lower. Does it matter? And is there a corresponding tax consequence for the recipient organization, such that if I declare the higher value on our taxes that organization realizes some proportionate tax or penalty? If so I should probably just estimate lower in order to further benefit the charity. Thanks!
We have a collection of old foreign money that we'd like to get rid of. What's the best thing to do with it? Complicating factors: not that old, not that much, not exactly a curated collection, we're in Canada. [more inside]
What do I get as a "sorry I can't come to your wedding even though I really wanted to!" gift for a couple whose wedding is vegan, dry, simple, on relatively short notice, and the invitations specified "no gifts, please"? [more inside]
I would like to donate money to an international labour rights group on an ongoing basis, but I'm having a hard time picking one. Charity Navigator has been of little help. I've looked at International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, No Sweat, and Fair Wear Foundation. Do you know if one of these groups is more effective or better-run than the others? Do you have suggestions for other groups I might consider? Charities I should stay away from? [more inside]
I am part of a nonprofit that has a dozen or so board members and assorted helpers. There are a variety of accounts for members and for the nonprofit itself that could use some sort of centralized management system (our website, google and social media logins, email accounts, bank accounts). Is there anything freely available that can help us manage access? [more inside]
I'm trying to find charitable organizations which basically do what organizations like Direct Relief and MSF/Doctors Without Borders do (direct, critical medical equipment and services,) but for mental health conditions specifically. [more inside]
I want to get rid of my furniture and I'm trying to figure out the best way to dump the stuff that maybe helps someone else. What Philadelphia-area charity would be interested in these things? Alternatively, how does one sell or give away things like this as a unit and is doing so more trouble than it is worth? [more inside]
I would like to donate a few dollars to Edward Snowden, the guy who leaked the NSA scandal. I had the idea because the Gawker article about Deric Lostutter (helped break the Steubenville rape case) linked to a donation page for his legal defense fund. I did some googling but I am not sure which sites (if any) are legit. Help?
What is the best charity to give to in support of LGBT rights and activism? I'm in New Mexico but am open to donating to a national organization. [more inside]
Is there an international group of innovative, charitably-minded people that get together and share ideas (physically) in the way that the Freemasons, Rotary and Lions Clubs all do? But without the ceremony, pomp and irrelevance (of some of these associations). [more inside]
I live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and have noticed that, over the past several months, a sizable number of clothing donation boxes have appeared on sidewalks and in little disused nooks of urban space. There are three on my block alone that have sprung up, seemingly overnight, within the last couple months. What's going on? [more inside]
I'm interested in learning more about high-end charity galas that are out there in the world, the kinds that cost more than $1000 USD a plate. What are the most well-known ones out there? And some of the not so well known ones?
Are there any organizations I can donate to or help with that are devoted to cleaning up the messes we made in Afghanistan and Iraq? I keep seeing news of American and allied bombings accidentally killing children and civilians, and it seems like all these require something more than just an "oopsie!" or indifferent silence. [more inside]
I'm looking for a new charity/fundraising event that my whole mid-sized company can take part in and get excited about. Ideally it has an outdoor/physical component so that us cube dwellers see a bit of the day-star. The physical requirements should be low, and bonus points for a charity that is in some way related to technology/connectivity-for-all etc. [more inside]
Within the last couple of months (and I'm really leaning towards more recently than that) I read an article that said if you're asking for donations to or fundraising for a charity, a little psychological trick is to tell people they don't have to donate. This would make them more likely to actually donate. I could have sworn it was on Lifehacker, but I can't find it anywhere, not even in a general Google search. Can you find it please?
I've got a '98 Subaru Legacy Outback with 138k miles that I need to get rid of. It runs, but would need a fair amount of work done to continue running for long. It is safe to drive, but I wouldn't want to take it on a long trip. Trying to determine the best option: Selling, donating, or junking. In Philadelphia. [more inside]
I want to send some money to a preferably local organisation/group in Uganda that supports LGBT rights. I'm open to advocacy or direct help, and any religion or secular is fine. Please give me your recommendations, or tell me why Amnesty International is still the best option.
Short version: what are the best practices when asking for charity donations? [more inside]
I'd like to donate some money to an organization that helps mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco. Which organization would give me the most "bang for my buck"? [more inside]
One of my goals for 2013 is to donate a certain amount of my income to charity every month. I'm really excited about it - especially picking the groups that will receive my hard-earned $$$$$ (okay, $$$). But I'm NOT excited about the prospect of being put on mailing lists. [more inside]
Are there charities that would help a poor woman get an operation she needs? [more inside]
What is the best charity currently working in Haiti to which I can donate? [more inside]
Apart from Kiva, do you know of any good charities that support team-based giving?
Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity? [more inside]
An acquaintance has passed away, and in lieu of flowers, his family is requesting a donation to a religious cause that gives me some concerns. What to do? [more inside]
Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
Post-hurricane, and I'd like to donate almost EVERYTHING, but I don't personally have much time to sort it all out... [more inside]
Help me give my Obama winnings to a good charity. [more inside]
I want to donate more in support of Hurricane Sandy, but I'm concerned that while the Red Cross and the NYC Mayor's Fund are probably getting a ton of love, there are other charities in the city that are in dire straights as a result of the hurricane. (Or just in general.) What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most?
Please help me donate to Sandy Relief! [more inside]
I'd like to donate some money to a charity. Is there a worthier techno-cause than Wikipedia?
What charities should I donate to? Advocacy for your favourite cause welcome. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for the name and author of a story I read in the early 1960s about a family of migrant workers in the US or Canada. They live in their truck. The young daughter is the central character. [more inside]
What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
Someone made a comment on the blue recently about "this is what happens when private companies are put in charge of" some sort of social service and it got me thinking. I'm interested in any recent books or articles that give a good account of what goes right or wrong when private enterprise provides social services that charities and government-funded programs currently provide. [more inside]
Women's charities, federations, or other groups I can donate to that will actually accomplish things with the money I send? [more inside]
Are there any charities I could support whose goal is to give people kitchen linens and textiles? [more inside]
I would like to donate about $20 a month to a family in Africa, can you recommend an organization or give me some info on how this would work? [more inside]
Is there a open source or inexpensive (its for a charity) web based solution that contains a cms, a blog (wordpress), an extensible forum (phpBB), a digg like system for voting on submitted links (pligg), and less important an image gallery that allows members to upload their photos. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Where in Northern California can I get a wig made out of my hair to give to a family member with cancer? [more inside]
How can I go about purchasing computers to donate to a school in a developing country? That is, a _specific_ school -- the woman in my life is in the Peace Corps, and one of her dreams since she's been there has been to find some way to update the ancient computers at the school where she teaches. (This goal is shared by local teachers and administrators at the school.) This sort of targeted giving seems to fall outside the scope of most charities I've looked into, such as OLPC. Are there organizations suited to this kind of project, or which could offer advice on handling this (from the U.S.) as an individual? Is the latter remotely feasible? If so, what should I keep in mind, as far as insurance, taxes, shipping, customs, etc.? [more inside]
Help me find or create a calendar of events in Orlando that would be suitable for a couple in a tuxedo and gown or cocktail dress. Not just things that are in the near future, but year round types of things! [more inside]
How can I help the homeless of Toronto? [more inside]
I manage a small non-profit in New Jersey, and are looking for someone to manage a 5K race for us next year. I am looking for: 1) about how much this would cost us; and 2) for any suggestions of businesses that do this kind of work in the area. Thanks!
Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
I'd like to make a donation to the SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, an NGO in Uruguay, but I'm not sure how best to do so. [more inside]
For those of you who work in a computer field (IT, software development, etc.) and you feel your work has some greater moral purpose (beyond paying the bills): what do you do? And how did you find your job? [more inside]
My husband and I are looking to begin donating to one LGBT rights group and one immigrants' rights group. Who should we pick? [more inside]
When I was getting my Master's degree, my mentors suggested I continue on to a Ph.D. The application fees alone were enough to make me laugh, but a kind person paid those fees for me and I eventually was accepted into a program. I've always wanted to pay this gift forward by helping to pay college-related fees for other aspiring students at my alma mater, and would like to do so in the name of the person who did this for me. [more inside]