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Tax deductions for food donations?

Can grocery retailers claim a tax deduction for the market value of donated food, or just the cost of that food? I've been given both answers - but only one can be right, right? [more inside]
posted by greggish on Jan 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I get a tax deduction from building a website for a charity?

Building a website for a charity in Australia. Can I get any tax deductions from this? Does it make a difference if I charge them or if I do it for free? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jan 9, 2009 - 11 answers

No Good Deed Goes UnPunished Department

Have I done enough to help this person? I rented a spare room to a distant relative; now the situation has gone sour (and very smelly). [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Jan 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Charities - check or credit card?

Is it better to donate to non-profits by check or credit card? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Think Of The Children! And their wallets!

Won't Someone Think of the Children? Filter: I gave some money to a charity dealing with helping children in disadvantaged countries. My partner is pretty irritated by this, telling me that the money is really going to make some CEO richer. Am I being really naïve to think that this was really a good idea, or is he just really jaded, or both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2009 - 16 answers

Can I get a tax deduction from donating clothing in Australia?

I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
posted by Eastgate on Dec 25, 2008 - 1 answer

Take our toys, please

My school-aged children received some money for the holidays and decided to buy toys for needy kids instead of spending it on themselves. I took them shopping yesterday and, all told, they've got about $300 in toys to donate in addition to what I'm also kicking in. Now, what are we going to do with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Dec 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Insert your own goat-related pun here.

Should I buy a goat for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Dec 23, 2008 - 22 answers

What's a good, trustworthy online charitable cause that I can donate to in $1 increments?

What's a good, trustworthy online charitable cause that I can donate to in $1 increments? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD on Dec 19, 2008 - 6 answers

You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

What do I do with a hundred USB keyboards? [more inside]
posted by ben242 on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me donate

For the first time in my life I feel that I can comfortably give $$$ to a good cause. Darfur has always weighed on me and left me outraged with no idea on how I could possibly help. Darfur is but one example but I know that I would like to focus on Africa. If one were to give to a charity how sure could one be that the money actually reached the people it was intended for? [more inside]
posted by crankyboots on Dec 14, 2008 - 12 answers

Charitable giving for a 4-year-old?a

Help me present my 4-year-old niece with a way to donate to charity, as part of her Christmas present. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Dec 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Should I prioritize humanitarian charities over the arts?

An ethics question: Should I give only to the most serious causes, or is it OK to make room in my charity budget for groups that benefit society in less tangible ways? [more inside]
posted by phantroll on Dec 4, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me come up with some games for my family's christmas gathering

Help me host an awesome Christmas with games where my family competes to win the right to donate to the food bank. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Dec 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Charities with online gift receipts?

We are doing a $25 limit gift exchange where the recipient of the gift will be randomly chosen on the day. I want to give as a gift a $25 donation to a charity providing I can print off from my computer a 'gift receipt' made out to 'lucky recipient'. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Dec 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Little kids like Wal-Mart that much...?

Why did so many of the children on my local "Angel Tree" ask for Wal-Mart gift certificates? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Nov 27, 2008 - 30 answers

Send a child to school

Can we send a girl to school overseas? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Nov 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Who best helps the homeless?

How can I help Southern California's homeless? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 25, 2008 - 6 answers

What should I do with my old books

What is the best thing to do with a box or two of old books? They're mostly paperback and mostly genre fiction (SciFi, Horror, Fantasy). The less work for me the better with the provision that I'd like the books to be read again if possible. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 22, 2008 - 34 answers

Application to volunteer in Africa.

How might I help a friend in applying to volunteer for a charity that runs community projects in Mozambique? [more inside]
posted by electricinca on Oct 10, 2008 - 2 answers

Donor-friendly giving management web system

Help me find, buy or build a donor-friendly online giving management system for our non-profit. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan on Oct 7, 2008 - 5 answers

help with happy hour

Does any have advice in regard to holding a small charity event in a bar in the DC or DC-adjacent area of Maryland? [more inside]
posted by divka on Oct 6, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking to start an overseas charity

My friend is looking to begin a charity benefiting children in Africa. We live in the U.S. And we have no idea what we're doing. Any tips from someone who would know how to begin? [more inside]
posted by pandemic on Oct 4, 2008 - 7 answers

What are the best resources for creating and managing a charity book & CD sales project?

My husband is creating a fundraiser for an Armenian aid organization in the city of Gumri, where he did his Peace Corps service several years ago. The fundraiser has two parts: a book of poems and their Armenian translations, and a CD anthology featuring original music by a variety of artists who have agreed to donate their work. What's the best way of publishing and distributing this effort? We're familiar with Lulu, wondering if there are other/better resources we’re not considering. Advice on pricing and communications for this effort also appreciated! [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on Oct 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Do US charities have public accounts?

How can I, as a UK citizen, get to see what a US charity is spending its money on? Do US Charities have to make their accounts public? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

US Navy related charities for a Memorial Gift

The son of a dear friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday, from complications following minor surgery. This young man was serving in the US Navy on a sub, and now we are looking for a Navy-related charity we could make a donation to in memory of this young man. Suggestions?
posted by anastasiav on Aug 29, 2008 - 6 answers

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 answers

Dammit, IRS, I'm an actor not a tax lawyer.

Where can a theater company get legal and tax advice in NYC? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Aug 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Suggestions for activism on a college campus?

How can I make volunteering/charity fun or interesting for college students? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup on Aug 20, 2008 - 10 answers

What charity project shall I support?

I'd like to donate a sum of money to a charity project, preferably an educational one, but I need some advice on which one to choose. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Aug 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Website donation for nonprofits?

I'm developing a site for a new nonprofit that would like to accept online donations. I'd love advice on which sites I can sign them up with to accept donations with the least amount of fees. Is there anything better than PayPal - perhaps a site specifically dedicated to nonprofits? Thanks!
posted by AONeal79 on Aug 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for rubber charity bracelets

I am looking for a rubber charity bracelet for a friend... website suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet on Aug 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Personal finance and personal guilt

Please give advice on dealing with money and guilt about money. [Long question.] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2008 - 20 answers

Giving back to directors who need it?

I often download documentaries, and generally love them, and frequently feel like I want to give back to the director. Monetarily-wise, that is, as perhaps I didn't pay for them. What do you think of a service that allowed for paypal or such donation to individual directors? Could it work? Alternately, directors of small films could set up a link on their websites, and one could spread the idea memetically. I'm not looking to cash in on this, just to get feedback on an idea of how to assuage my guilt and help support those who make films worthy of support.
posted by aschwa5 on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

How to start a charity with limited resources?

Interested in starting a charity, what now? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jul 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Where can I keep some money for 200 years?

I have a project I'd like to start that I will never be able to finish. I want to create a fund of money to be used by my local library, the principle of which can never be touched. They will only be able to use a small percentage of the interest. Before they can start doing that, though, I want the fund to remain untouched for 150+ years to allow it to increase in size. The goal is to let this fund grow so large that the library can become autonomous on just the interest. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston on Jul 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Charitable Contributions, Pending Exemption and Deductability

If you have filed for exemption with the IRS for a nonprofit you are starting and your status is pending while they review, I understand that you can still solicit donations and generally when your exemption is granted your exempt status applies retroactively to your date of incorporation. But how are the donor's charitable contributions treated? Can they deduct the tax year they donate or do they have to wait until the tax year in which exemption is granted (if the pending period lasts until a new tax year)? Or is it also retroactive and they would have to amend their previous tax return once the nonprofit gains exempt status?
posted by Falconetti on Jul 21, 2008 - 8 answers

How to Help a Co-Worker and Get PAID!

I have a close work associate who is in the hospital and we, as a team, would like to buy some good, healthy food for him and his family (people are sending them lots of takeout now). Since he is in the ICU, it will probably be for his wife and two boys until he gets out of the hospital. I have two questions: 1) Any recommendations on the best pre-prepared meal delivery or (affordable) home chef in the San Jose, CA area? Kid-friendly a big plus. 2) More importantly, how can I easily collect money from people across the country? Mailing cash and taking credit cards directly won't work. Is there a "Paypal pool" or something? [more inside]
posted by JLobster on Jul 9, 2008 - 7 answers

How should I say 'thanks!'?

How should I write thank-you letters for charitable donations? [more inside]
posted by JRGould on Jul 3, 2008 - 6 answers

International service opportunities?

I'm interested in a relatively low-cost international service project to join for late summer/early fall. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on May 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Please help me find a charity I heard about a few years ago.

I've decided to give away my economic stimulus check to a variety of charities and foundations. I'm trying to locate a particular charity which provided financial support to blues musicians in need of assistance with food, medical bills, home repairs, burial expenses, etc. I've located the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and it seems wonderful, but I do not think this is the organization I am looking for. I don't know much more except that I believe the org I am looking for was founded by one person and more recently than the R&B Foundation. I have lots of ideas for general donations but I'm looking to do something in this niche, so suggestions of any groups providing assistance to out of luck musicians would be great as well...
posted by rollbiz on Apr 27, 2008 - 16 answers

There's a very small hole in my pocket, but it's a hole nonetheless...

I've given to international charities for years, but it's time to look closer to home... [more inside]
posted by matty on Apr 11, 2008 - 8 answers

SpringCleanFilter: Help me get rid of old clothes when Goodwill won't take 'em

I have loads of old clothes I want to discard responsibly, but my local charities are quite picky about what they will accept. I'd rather not add to the landfill. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Mar 27, 2008 - 26 answers

How can I set up a college fund for my possibly terminally ill friend's children?

I have a friend with a possibly terminal illness. I'm trying to figure out a way to set up a college fund, to which any of her friends/family could contribute, for her two young children. So far I've looked into ESAs (might not work due to the $2k annual limit) and 529s, but I've had trouble finding information specific to this type of situation -- which I have to imagine is not all that uncommon. What options should I be investigating? Should I talk to a financial advisor?
posted by mingshan on Mar 13, 2008 - 16 answers

i want to get more out of giving

I am looking for an alternative way to give.... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain on Feb 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Geoblogging - how do I keep friends updated while I walk 100km for charity?

In the summer me and three friends will be doing a 100km 30-hour walk for charity alongside lots of other teams. I was hoping to come up with a way in which friends, family and donors can check on our progress in real time, from afar. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Feb 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Show me the money!

With all the charities/organizations in the world doing wonderful things, why isn't the world getting any better? Or is the developing world better off? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Feb 2, 2008 - 26 answers

What's the deal with Habitat?

I don't understand Habitat for Humanity. Perhaps you do? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll on Jan 30, 2008 - 50 answers

Where can I find a list of charities that do not advertise?

I'm looking for a list of charities that do not spend any of their budget on advertising. Is there a directory of them somewhere? I'm in the UK, but that's more of a starting off point; deserving non-advertising charities elsewhere, or lists of them, would be just as good. [more inside]
posted by fvw on Jan 21, 2008 - 9 answers

Why am I finding it so difficult to determine my future?

It’s that time - the beginning of the last semester before I graduate from collee. It’s time to find a job or graduate school program and plot out the rest of my life. A renewed interest in charity and decreased interest in psychology, my chosen field of study, have led me to question my planned life course. Open my mind to what I might be able to do with my life. [more inside]
posted by charmston on Jan 7, 2008 - 9 answers

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