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A various amount of giving and shopping

I''m setting up a webstore which will sell a limited run artwork, but I have two pony requests and have a hard time navigating all ecommerce options. Looking for flexible pricing & donation handling. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on May 3, 2014 - 6 answers

I didn't document all my donations.How do I handle the tax deductibles?

I donated four large bags of clothes to a Goodwill. They gave me a general signed receipt that confirms I donated something, but it is not itemized or contain a value on it. Should I just estimate this value when doing my taxes next year? Or will that be problematic? [more inside]
posted by WCF on Apr 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Take All of Me

How can I maximize my bodily donations? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Apr 2, 2014 - 25 answers

Happy Val Day!

Looking for Valentine-themed donation gifts that do not involve anything being physically mailed. [more inside]
posted by troika on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Donating to Public Radio

So I've been donating to public radio about as long as I've been listening to it. But as I'm getting ready for end of year donations, I realized I listen to podcasts instead of the radio now. So should that affect how I give? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Any recommendations on how to donate labor to disaster recovery?

Lacking money but possessing skills, I'd really like to pitch in, and Illinois isn't too far away. How can I volunteer labor and time? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Nov 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me help people with the least waste.

How much does giving a lot to one charity vs giving a bit to a few smaller charities help a relief effort? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Nov 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Microfilm readers - on the cheap

A friend works for a not-for-profit archive, that needs to replace microfilm reader printers and microfilm scanners, for not much money/free. [more inside]
posted by devonia on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I be worried about a blood count issue?

I regularly give blood in the UK and am currently taking part in an interval study, which involves studying the donors' blood. Yesterday, I received a letter from the organisers of the study that includes the rather alarming sentence, "We have noticed that part of your blood count is outside the range we would have expected." The letter then says, "There are no urgent issues regarding your health. However, we would like to take a second sample and recheck your blood count." Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Fundraising site - donor can pay processing fee?

I remember running across a fundraiser on a site (ala GoFundMe or Indiegogo) where they gave the donors the option to add the processing fee to their donation, or take the processing fee out of their donation amount. Which site is this?
posted by divabat on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

What do we do with old money?

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]
posted by jacquilynne on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me give my stroller away!

We've had to switch to a double stroller (buggy/ pushchair), for obvious reasons, but still have our single stroller - a fairly sought-after model, particularly useful for public transport - in very good condition. It's had heavy use, but it isn't destroyed by any means (details inside). Please help me find a useful way to donate our stroller to an organisation that needs strollers in the London (UK) area. [more inside]
posted by Wylla on Aug 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Make life better for non-religious people in the US

I want to become a regular donor to an organization that is working to make being nonreligious more acceptable in society. Can you suggest one? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Aug 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Which international labour rights charity should I donate to?

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]
posted by atropos on Jul 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Direct Relief, but for mental health

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]
posted by SMPA on Jul 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Take my couch, please!

Looking to offload (donate/sell/giveaway) some furniture in Berkeley CA this week, but don't know what's the best route. We need help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jun 20, 2013 - 15 answers

How to get rid of furniture?

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]
posted by vincele on Jun 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Have some spare money; how can I spend it to benefit the environment?

I have £150 spare this month and would like to spend it in a way that benefits the environment (climate change related). I'd love your suggestions about how I can use this money to have the most impact, whether that's donating to a top notch environmental charity or investing it in a green tech (renewables, insulation etc.) company that is doing particularly good work.
posted by jonrob on Jun 14, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I most effectively work for political change on global warming?

So I'm a Canadian citizen living in the US, which means I can't vote anywhere. But I still want to work for political change, on global warming in particular. I'm not trying to make myself feel good, I want to make a difference if possible through whatever legal and non-deceptive means are available to me (donations, volunteering, whatever). Help me find a way to do that. [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Why are clothing donation boxes proliferating in my neighborhood?

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]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How do you decide when something should be thrown away vs. donated?

I have some old, seemingly useless clothing. How do I decide what is worth donating and what should just be thrown away? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 8, 2013 - 32 answers

Where can one donate to Iraqi and Afghan victims of violence?

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]
posted by Sleeper on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

F*ck you, cancer (but how?)

If I had gobs of money to throw at a "cure" for cancer, or at least ways to make it suck less for those who have it*, where would the money go farthest? Research for better treatments, research to develop better diagnostic tools, funding for better treatment/diagnostic programs, funding for patient support (like hospice) service, or anything else? Do organizations exist that might be more effective than the American Cancer Society, for example? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Apr 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Appropriate donation for a dinner in a restaurant in a new location?

We're going to a restaurant that is just moving to a new location. At their old location they charged $115 for the type of dinner we're having (chef's tasting with wine pairings) and were successful and well-reviewed. This is their pre-opening week, and they say they have a few wrinkles to iron out so are asking for donations at diners' discretion to help cover costs. What would be an appropriate amount -- or range, depending on how it goes? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Mar 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Trying to donate a TV, or give it away for free. Failing. Help?

I have a Toshiba 35" TV from the mid-90s that still works perfectly. I still have the manual it came with, and the original remote. The TV stands on a custom TV stand that was built by the manufacturer specifically for it. Unfortunately, I don't want it anymore, the TV weighs 165 lbs., and I cannot carry it myself. Options I've exhausted include: [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Best organization for helping the mentally ill homeless in San Francisco

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]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I ethically get rid of these clothes?

I want to give away clothes! But how can I do so ethically? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 27, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for good team-based giving opportunity.

Apart from Kiva, do you know of any good charities that support team-based giving?
posted by found missing on Dec 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a Portland area school with a technology program?

Is there a Portland, OR area high/middle school with a good computer technology elective/program? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity?

Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Acquaintance passed away. Do I donate to his preferred charity, despite my concerns?

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]
posted by evadery on Nov 28, 2012 - 23 answers

What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?

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?
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Sandy Relief Organizations?

Please help me donate to Sandy Relief! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Best electoral bang for my buck?

What's the most effective way to donate to Obama this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by turducken on Oct 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Which Democratic Senate candidates should I donate to?

I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Does anyone want old computer memory?

Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 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

What to do with a dying van?

What to do with a 2000 Econoline which is (not so slowly) dying? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 29, 2012 - 6 answers

paying it forward

Today I acquired a Kindle 4. Yay! Now I have 400+ books I'd like to donate. I'd give them to the library but I know they regularly have clear-outs, and I'd like the donation to help as much as it possibly can to people who need it the most. Any ideas where they should go? I am in the Vancouver BC area. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Jun 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Interesting coin donation ideas

Please give me your groovy coin donation ideas. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 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

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

Is blood donation an efficient way to help others?

When I donate blood or platelets, how much am I helping others? Is this an efficient form of community work? Donating platelets takes a couple of hours. Should I be working those hours and donating the money or volunteering in some more active way? [more inside]
posted by Area Man on May 8, 2012 - 37 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

How do non-profits deal with fraudulent donations?

I'm the volunteer web developer for a local non-profit and we're having a problem with our donation page. It's the problem described in this article and this article - what's happening is that credit card thieves are using our donation page to validate stolen credit cards. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how much I owe the taxman

Bought a lot at the school charity auction. How do I figure how much to deduct on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 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

Documenting tithed amount/donation; need to keep records under a certain percentage?

What amount of my income can I claim as tithed/donated without having to have receipts or a paper trail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 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

Share Your Donation Boxes!

I need ideas and links for an eye-catching wall-mounted donation box. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 1, 2012 - 3 answers

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