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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

A worthwhile idea hitting an expensive wall...a philanthropic idea in trouble

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 - 9 answers

RoleModelFilter

Help a friend of mine find examples of young women who've done extraordinary things? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 30, 2007 - 22 answers

How Do I Choose Who Gets The Charitable Donation?

How do I choose between two equally worthy charities to receive my donation? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Dec 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Charity begins at home

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 - 11 answers

Meaningful charity for picky recipient

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 - 24 answers

Cutting up the government's visa card

Why don't large organisations make more use of capital investment? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Dec 15, 2007 - 14 answers

Do kids care about volunteering?

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 - 18 answers

Who Do I Have To Pay To Get Some Kids On A Boat?

Where can I find a reputable charity that takes underprivileged kids sailing? [more inside]
posted by peacecorn on Dec 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Friend seeking to travel around Africa for a good cause

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 - 16 answers

New York Animal Charity

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 - 8 answers

BUY BUY BUY

Charity for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Dec 3, 2007 - 17 answers

Trying to avoid being a Lady Bountiful

Is it condescending to give money and/or food to a homeless person when the haven't actually asked for it? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 20, 2007 - 31 answers

We need some phone and internets for a small Glasgow business!

Can anyone recommend a good business line and phone service provider for Glasgow? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 16, 2007 - 1 answer

How donations via SMS works?

I need to setup donations via SMS for a client, but I don't know how I can start. What companies offer this, what are the costs. Anyone knows?
posted by Leech on Oct 23, 2007 - 7 answers

How to turn tea into cash?

What can I do with 1000 boxes of organic tea? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Sep 9, 2007 - 20 answers

I need to start an e-business.

I'd like to design a small-scale e-commerce site that also accepts donations. I have no experience. Help! [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Suggestions for nonprofit charity giving level names

What unique giving level names should we use to encourage higher major donations for a nonprofit animal related charity? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Aug 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Charles would *never* wear a foam rubber leek costume.

Help me remember the name of a goofy British royalty/celebrity "Battle of the Network Stars"-esque sort of thing that was on cable many, many years ago. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Why throw-out when you can donate?

Why would a retail chain want its stores to discard unsold clearance items rather than donate them to a charity that can use them? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Aug 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Which musicians and bands care about ALS?

I'm producing a benefit concert, to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Do you know any bands or labels that might be interested in the cause? Maybe with a loved one with ALS? We're assembling a 1600-people show in Omaha, Nebraska.
posted by Sfving on Jul 31, 2007 - 10 answers

In Search of the Lost Sword

I know this is a long shot, but... does anyone out there know the whereabouts of my grandfather's (Marine) sword? It was given to Goodwill in California around 1963 or so. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Jul 23, 2007 - 5 answers

contact

Anyone know the contact details for the wiesfeld foundation ?
posted by sgt.serenity on Jul 13, 2007 - 9 answers

If you sponsor a child in the 3rd world, what could you send to brighten their day?

If you were to sponsor a child in the 3rd world, what could you send to brighten their day? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jul 7, 2007 - 10 answers

how much to donate to charity

Suppose I wanted my charity donations above the median but nothing fancy. Family and friends are no help as we never talk money. How should I calculate the budget line item?
posted by bukvich on Jul 1, 2007 - 8 answers

donor database programs for non-profits?

My non-profit needs a better method of tracking our donors, what database programs are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Jun 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me to help them...

How can I efficiently deploy dozens of computers (all different makes and models) with Windows XP and Office 2003? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 on Jun 11, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I help my 5-yr old daughter with her interest in charity?

What are some ways a 5-year old can make the world a better place? [more inside]
posted by fcain on Jun 5, 2007 - 23 answers

Ooda bada bim bo, go yeh go...

AlbumFilter: I've asked this to guys at used music stores and just got a duh. What is that album my ex got? Can I still get it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 29, 2007 - 24 answers

Help me find my name!

We have a small 501c3 charity and someone is offended at our name because they worry it's too close to theirs and wants us to change it. Help us find an alternative. Any and all suggestions welcome. (Story inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on May 6, 2007 - 23 answers

Missions trip or vacation which is it?

My daughter wants to go on a trip with her mother's church. I'm upset that they're raising money to take the trip. Should I just let go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Who will take our bottles?

How to find someone who wants our returnable bottles? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Apr 6, 2007 - 16 answers

What to do when you FINALLY clean out your closet

The cleaning out of my closet (finally) has resulted in two garbage bags full of clothes. Now what should I do with them? I'm in NYC. [more inside]
posted by friendlyfire on Apr 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Seeking charity funding...

CharityFilter: I'm helping a friend get funding to start an orphanage in China, and I'm looking for organizations, nonprofits, and/or foundations that fund charitable activities (specifically healthcare-related efforts)... [more inside]
posted by 777 on Mar 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Where to donate educational materials for use overseas?

In greater Vancouver, is there a charity that takes donations of used educational equipment for re-use in developing countries? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Mar 12, 2007 - 3 answers

Feminist organizations in need of monetary support?

What can you tell me about organizations that support women's rights? I would like to donate some money. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Feb 28, 2007 - 17 answers

They're too quiet about their good deeds

Help me promote an environmentally conscious, socially responsible small business. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on Feb 1, 2007 - 4 answers

How should I support marriage equality?

What's the best way to use money to support marriage equality in the US? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Feb 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Shopping and giving.

What are some good causes I can donate to through the Amazon Associates program? [more inside]
posted by far flung on Jan 29, 2007 - 2 answers

At no cost to you, something that would mean so much to them.

Can airline miles be gifted to a charity cause or person? [more inside]
posted by lannanh on Jan 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Religion in World Vision

How heavy a role does religion play in the work of World Vision? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater on Dec 29, 2006 - 8 answers

How do you stop feeling guilty for having what you have?

How do you justify how much to spend on yourself when there are so many out there without? And, how much should you give to charity? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Dec 27, 2006 - 31 answers

What to do with a nativity set created by a pedophile?

A friend recently found out she owns a nativity set painted by a local priest who has been convicted of child molestation. As a victim of abuse herself, she wants it out of the house but would prefer to somehow sell it and donate the proceeds to a relevant advocacy group. Is this reasonable or should she just smash it up and toss it? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown on Dec 22, 2006 - 27 answers

Wildlife adoption experiences needed

What are some good organizations from which to adopt an endangered animal? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Dec 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Get off the cross, we could use the wood.

What's the word for when someone tries to make themselves look charitable, or altruistic, but they are clearly acting out of other interests? [more inside]
posted by Tbola on Nov 29, 2006 - 29 answers

Could I screw myself with my own money?

I've got $20,000 coming to me, and this may possibly be a bad thing. Mature Bonds vs. Charity filter... [more inside]
posted by josingsinthehall on Nov 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Sometime 400$ might as well be a million.

Is there a charity that directly funds abortions (and the travel expenses involved for women who have to travel a long way to a clinic) for women who can't afford them? And if not, what are some of the legal issues to consider if starting such a charity?
posted by cilantro on Nov 22, 2006 - 7 answers

What's a good silver watch for a 16-year old girl?

Charity Gift: 16-year-old girl wants a silver wristwatch. Price range is about $35. No other information available about the girl; anonymous gift from tree at work. What hip watches meet these criteria?
posted by JDC8 on Nov 21, 2006 - 15 answers

What do you want for Christmas?

What's an all-purpose gift for around $100? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Nov 20, 2006 - 22 answers

How much should I give to charity?

I'm ashamed: I bought a house, my child goes to a daycare that costs several hundred dollars a month, and I have all that I need. I also have been lax in giving to charity. I'd like to, but my wife sometimes is resistant, saying some version of the old saw that charity begins at home. I want some independent assessment for how much we should give. I've identified a number of charities I want to give to. But how much? Should it be a percentage of my salary?
posted by sholdens12 on Nov 15, 2006 - 36 answers

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