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A memorable teacher

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]
posted by mareli on Oct 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Seeking your advice on donate-by-SMS services

What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Can corporations provide the same social safety net as charities and the government?

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]
posted by sio42 on Oct 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Women's Charities?

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 - 12 answers

Charitable Nest-Feathering

Are there any charities I could support whose goal is to give people kitchen linens and textiles? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 7, 2012 - 15 answers

How does one actually send money to African people in need?

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]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 1, 2012 - 33 answers

One website solution to rule them all

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]
posted by digividal on Aug 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Have hair, will cut hair, need cut hair made into a wig.

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]
posted by lovableiago on Jul 9, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I purchase/donate/ship computers to a Third World school?

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]
posted by mattstan on Jul 4, 2012 - 12 answers

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

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]
posted by bilabial on Jun 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me help them!

How can I help the homeless of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jun 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking For 5K Fundraiser Manager

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!
posted by nathanrudy on Jun 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I tell my friend his memorial plan is too expensive?

Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Donating to an NGO in Uruguay

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]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Morally-significant IT work?

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]
posted by molybdenum on May 13, 2012 - 28 answers

What causes to donate to?

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]
posted by that's how you get ants on May 10, 2012 - 23 answers

I need advice in establishing a "targeted" charity

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]
posted by Piscean on May 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Donating an iPad

Donating an iPad for use by kids with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Help us help kids play soccer (futbol!)

Best way to get a package to Belize (Dangriga/Hopkins) inexpensively? We want to help out the village futbol (soccer) team, but all the options look to break the bank... [more inside]
posted by rich on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Best practices for planned charitable giving

How can I be more consistent and organized with respect to my charitable donations? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Mar 30, 2012 - 18 answers

ISO Web Gurus for Charity

Can you name some digital marketing sales and marketing gurus in the non-profit, charity, NGO worlds? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Mar 27, 2012 - 1 answer

I need to sell some photos for a charity event

I need to find a website that would allow me to upload and sell photos that I'll be taking for a charity golf event. I don't need to sell them at a markup or anything, just make them available for sale. It would be nice if those interested in buying the photos didn't have to join the site or create an account, but that isn't mandatory. Do sites like snapfish or flickr allow such ease for guests to purchase prints?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Mar 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Food manufacturing company be formed as a nonprofit?

I want to start a food company, similiar to Newman's Own, and donate all profits to charity. Assuming it will be profitable within a year or two, can the company be formed as a nonprofit corporation?
posted by Bushmiller on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Conflict of Interest?

Stupid question: is this a real conflict of interest? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Mar 4, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I get back into SEM volunteer work?

Where would I look for charitable volunteer SEM opportunities? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Mar 1, 2012 - 5 answers

it seems like only baptised penguins deserve tiny sweaters

Crocheting for secular charity? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

What to do with this suit?

Two years ago I bought a $500 business suit for use in my mom's wedding, job interviews, etc. It's a pretty nice suit and all, but I've lost almost a hundred pounds since then. What should I do with this suit? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Feb 21, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I find a place to donate things to that won't resell them?

Where can I donate used clothing, books, etc, where they will actually be used and NOT resold? It is really morally important to me that it be actually used, not sold, where the money is then used in ways I can't control. I work in the nonprofit industry, and know only too well how general donations of money get used. But most people asking for clothing donations for poor or abused people, are only asking for them so they can resell them, not so that actual poor, homeless, or abused people will wear them or read them. Where can I find a place that will take all my donations and ensure that they are used or given to real people?
posted by corb on Feb 12, 2012 - 38 answers

Oh Charity, where are thou?

Charities that support the arts? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to donate books in Sri Lanka?

Where can I donate second-hand English-language adult fiction books in Sri Lanka? [more inside]
posted by seoulpenguin on Jan 21, 2012 - 1 answer

how do you make part-time fundraising work?

part-time fundraisers: how do you balance your time in your part-time position so you don't end up working more than you should? do you have another job? is it on fundraising? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jan 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Not for profit structure with a for profit wing?

A friend of a friend is a painter in New York state involved in a project aimed at building parks aimed at improving communication between refugees and citizens. I have been asked how he might be able to organize an entity as a not-for-profit with a profit wing to encourage both private and public contributors. Anyone know of any standard ways of doing this? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jan 14, 2012 - 11 answers

UNICEF vs. Oxfam

UNICEF vs. Oxfam? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

How to help the hungry?

Asking for a friend: What is the best thing a typical person could do to combat food insecurity in children in the United States? [more inside]
posted by reren on Dec 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Opposition to Fundamentalist Education

Philanthropy: Is anyone aware of a non-profit organization that specifically focuses on U.S evangelical or fundamentalist-christian education or extremist Islam education (even better, grade school focused) its mission recognizing that the Christianity or Islam, in its perverted form(s), e.g., creationism, intolerance, senseless violence etc, is logically, from an educated standpoint, harmful to society. E.g., A reputable NP organization in whatever form committed to advocate against fundamentalist schools that teach silliness and harm children, likely an idea tank or direct advocacy program.
posted by gagglezoomer on Dec 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for last-minute Chicago Christmas charities

Good morning, MeFi's! It's not to late for me to make Christmas better for some deserving kids and families in Chicago, is it? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Dec 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What to do about the "Pro-Life Homeless"

Local pro-life organization is raising funds in a way that I think is intentionally misleading. Can I do anything? Should I do anything? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Dec 9, 2011 - 16 answers

What sort of toys should I get for Toys for Tots kids?

What's the best Toys for Tots contribution? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher on Dec 4, 2011 - 8 answers

fraud

How do I report a 501c3 non profit that is fraudulant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Charity Due Diligence

I am thinking about sending 25 Euro a month to this charity (German language site), in order to provide schooling to one child in Kenya. How do I best check that this is a legit deal? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Finding a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity

Help me find a good US-based alcohol and/or drug treatment charity that's not affiliated with any religion. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Nov 20, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the best volunteering?

How can I best evaluate volunteer opportunities? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Nov 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Gift for 10-14 year boy?

I'm buying a charitable gift for a 10-14 year old boy and need suggestions, please. [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Nov 13, 2011 - 17 answers

How much money are people willing to give?

What is the minimum amount of money people are willing to give as a donation? [more inside]
posted by snowliontiger on Nov 10, 2011 - 21 answers

What happens if the whole board resigns?

Asking for a friend: What happens to a charity (in Canada) if the entire board resigns on mass? Who is legally responsible for the organization until replacements are found? Does the CRA revoke their charitable license? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it creepy to donate to charity with ulterior motives?

Is it creepy to donate to charity with ulterior motives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Call 1-800-FEAR.

Mom: Cancer + unemployed + broke. Just shy of Medicare eligibility. She needs help immediately. But how? (Cook County, IL) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 2, 2011 - 25 answers

Finding quick work in LA, economy notwithstanding.

My brother will work for food. He's coming from a tough situation to visit me in LA for just a few weeks at most, and he needs to find some immediate work, even if it's just a few dollars a day. Are there any options for him? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Oct 31, 2011 - 25 answers

No lumps of coal

Suggestions for non-partisan charities that I can tell my siblings to donate to in lieu of a a Christmas present and advice on telling them I'll be doing the same for their presents? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 27, 2011 - 36 answers

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