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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help me find, buy or build a donor-friendly online giving management system for our non-profit.
posted by Milkman Dan
on Oct 7, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by fvw
on Jan 21, 2008 -
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 -
I am currently involved in setting up a website, and it is proving to be a Herculean task. However, thanks to an instilled sense of guilt and a desire to feel worthful
, for a change, I have decided to give back to those that may not be as lucky, as rich, or as pretty as me, namely New York’s starving (or just struggling) artists. My goal, through this website, is to give them a helping hand for free, but obviously need some sort of funding and business plan to move forwards with. I have no experience with any of this. Please help!
My main concerns, not having ever done this before, are worrying about how to get funding/donations, whether I need to turn it into an NPO, and whether I should be worried about business-minded people stealing my idea, commercializing it, and basically shoving me out of the way.
The following are a list of problems for the immediate future. I have listed them all here because of AskMetafilter’s one-week policy on posting new threads. [more inside]
posted by omnigut
on Jan 6, 2008 -
I'd like to donate money to charities on behalf of my family members, but I'd like to tailor it towards their occupations/interests. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Dec 18, 2007 -
What's a good charity to give money to in someone's name as a Christmas gift? Caveats: The intended recipients are quite concerned with poverty and the third world. Ideally, the charity will send some kind of card that I can give the recipient to inform him, and they would send the card in time for a December 25th exchange. [more inside]
posted by jaybeans
on Dec 15, 2007 -
Did you volunteer as a child? Or do you work now with a children's volunteer group? Tell me what you know about youth service. [more inside]
posted by pineapple
on Dec 12, 2007 -
A friend of mine wants to travel around Africa on a mission to raise money for a good cause. She is 22 but is quite level-headed, fit and enthusiastic. Anyone have some suggestions for a good cause likely to be able to attract sponsorship?
posted by zaebiz
on Dec 6, 2007 -
This Christmas I would like to make a donation to a New York animal shelter or cruelty prevention group. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Dec 3, 2007 -