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Bank account for a group project?

I'm collecting donations for a group project, but don't want to deposit the funds in my personal bank account. Is there another type of account I can use instead? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 5, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Starting a PAC.

What information is there about how to form a political action committee? What restrictions are there as far as advertising, focus, where the funds wind up, overhead costs, salary for PAC employees, etc? What is allowed federally, and what is allowed on a per-state basis? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Carjacking Is Not A Viable Way To Get A Van, Right?

Small not-for-profit health care-focused agency in Ontario, Canada wants to increase their outreach program by creating a mobile service. The problem is that funds are limited and we're confused about what our next best step could be - since none of us has done this before! Apologies in advance for the wall of text that's about to hit you, but I don't want to leave out anything important. [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Mar 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Environmental charity recommendations?

So it's too late for this to matter for the 2013 tax year, but I wanted to ask this while it was fresh in most people's minds: If you give to environment-based charities, what are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jan 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Where should I put my Oregon Political Contribution Credit?

I'm a relatively new transplant to Oregon, so I didn't find out about the Oregon Political Contribution Credit until last April. And then I promptly forgot about it until I heard a fairly annoying ad on the radio reminding people today is the last day to make a contribution. Should I donate my 50 bucks to any particular cause? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I accept online donations given some snowflake details?

I'm raising funds for a non-profit, and I have a quota to meet. They have an online donation form, but I need donations attributed to me. And there's no way for me to look over the list. How can I accept online donations? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Nov 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to donate / sell specific items in Atlanta?

I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to set up a fund for the children of a friend who passed away

A very close and dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago at a very young age and left behind a wife and 2 very young children ages 3 and 1. I would like to set up an investment fund for his children in his memory which people can donate to and will accrue interest until they are ready for college. To increase the chances people will donate I want it to be possible to use paypal or google wallet. I know nothing about finance or laws or any of the things that I imagine come with setting this up. Can anyone advise? Thanks in advance
posted by postergeist on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Estimating the value of charitable donations

What rules do you use for estimating the value of things you give to charity? The organizations we donate to ask us to estimate the value for tax purposes ourselves, rather than doing it for us. I know we obviously should not use the full price that we paid for the item. I am wondering if it is okay to value items at, for example, what we might get for them off Craigslist (sometimes say 1/3 to 1/2 or in rare cases even 2/3 what we paid, depending on the item and condition), or whether we should be valuing at more like what I'd use for a yard sale price of like 1/10th or lower. Does it matter? And is there a corresponding tax consequence for the recipient organization, such that if I declare the higher value on our taxes that organization realizes some proportionate tax or penalty? If so I should probably just estimate lower in order to further benefit the charity. Thanks!
posted by onlyconnect on Oct 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Where to donate because of WIC shutdown?

What is the best nonprofit to donate to who will reach the same population as the WIC program? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 3, 2013 - 4 answers

As a resident alien, where can I donate against the Tea Party?

I think the far right House representatives causing the current shutdown deserve political consequences, which I would like to take the form of losing their seats. As a non-US citizen, I cannot give money directly to any politician or campaign or related group (right?). So what's the next best option? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Oct 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Classic children's mysteries seek recipient

What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 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

Good web app allowing fundraising participants to accept credit cards?

I'm the director of a local road race that raises funds for our public school, and I'm looking for a reasonable online app that lets us solicit credit card donations via individual participant pages which would associate given donations with the participants who solicited them. [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Jan 20, 2013 - 6 answers

In lieu of flowers?

Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations? Help me, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Large-Scale Donations

Post-hurricane, and I'd like to donate almost EVERYTHING, but I don't personally have much time to sort it all out... [more inside]
posted by lilboo on Nov 7, 2012 - 20 answers

It's Like Kickstarter Meets Charity Blackmail

Is there a website that lets ordinary non-millionaires do charity blackmail stunts, a la Donald Trump? For example, suppose I'd like to set up a page where individuals can pledge $X to charity if Donald Trump goes 24 hours without talking. The website would take credit card numbers in advance; if the Donald keeps his mouth shut, the cards would be billed and the money passed on to charity. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Oct 24, 2012 - 1 answer

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

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

too many copies of a book?

What to do with ~50 copies of a Physics Text? [more inside]
posted by youchirren on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Unneeded video cards

What should I do with three almost-new lower-middle-end video cards? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Apr 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Please can someone just take my stuff already

Help me find a place to donate my stuff! [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Feb 19, 2012 - 8 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

Cash Flow: Susan G. Komen, financial implications, patent law.

Let's assume Susan G. Komen has found an all-encompassing cure for [breast] cancer. Who owns the rights to the patent? [more inside]
posted by aca.int on Feb 4, 2012 - 8 answers

examples of people who have asked for monetary help online who were lying?

Can anyone point me to write-ups of people asking online for donations for "my medical bills" or "a sick friend" which turned out to be lies? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Are there any good alternatives to Paypal for accepting donations over the internet quickly?

I'm part of a fairly small (about 60 members) online community and over the last day, one of our members was made homeless and lost all of her possessions in a fire. We're getting together donations to try and help her get back up on her feet, but a lot of people are concerned about using Paypal due to the recent problems that regretsy have had with trying to fundraise through it. Are there any reliable alternatives that we could use?
posted by emperor.seamus on Dec 10, 2011 - 7 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

Help me plan ahead for anonymous holiday gifts

I know I'm a chronically early planner, but bear with me. I have two questions about the upcoming holidays: 1) Organizations similar to this one that sends shoe boxes of toys to needy children. 2) Random acts of anonymous kindess but AT WORK. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

How do libraries decide which donated books get added to the catalog?

The question was asked, What does the library do with donated books? and one of the respondents said that library staff screen donations and then decide what to do with, or where to send each book. These people were referred to as "Selectors." I'm curious about the process of 'Selecting' on behalf of a library. What I mean is, How do libraries generally decide what gets added to the catalog (approved for processing) and what gets rejected (sent off to the 'Friends bookstore' or what have you). I'm sure each library has its own needs to consider but, generally speaking, are there some set of basic guidelines that most Selectors employ in the initial screening process?
posted by mousepad on Oct 14, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?

Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Sep 15, 2011 - 63 answers

I need help raising donations

Who can I ask for a fairly large donation for a "green" school project in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on May 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Donate to an individual, receive a tax-deduction?

How can a family who's child has Leukemia collect money, and give tax deductions to donors? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on May 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Ahh, there is that liberal guilt again!

I am looking for a few pointers to well-regarded non-profits that focus on "social equality" (I may not be using the right term) - breaking povery cycles, education assistance, living wages for blue-collar work and so on. I don't know where to start, but maybe you can help me! [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

DC charities that pick up furniture donations?

DC area (Arlington, VA specifically) charities that will come pick up furniture donations? Preferably alternatives to the Salvation Army? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw on Apr 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Jumpstarting a lasting fund, without the pesky

I would like to create a non-profit fund / fundraising org earmarked towards jumpstarting community centers. I've heard that rather than trying to create a non-profit, it might be best to partner with an existing non-profit with similar interests, and see if they'd "host" the fund I want to create / help with the legal aspects, while allowing me to earmark and oversee the fund. I intend to do regular fundraising, and hope to create a lasting fund that attracts bequests. Does anyone know about the legalities involved here? Any advice as to how I might want to approach such a project?
posted by markkraft on Apr 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Seeking small one-time donors

Is there a donorschoose- or modestneeds-like organization for small non-profits with discrete, well, modest needs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

How do tax deductions for donated goods work?

How do non-monetary tax deductible donations work? How is the value of the donated items determined? Is there a special receipt needed? Can any 501(c)(3) provide donors with a tax deductible receipt? Any and all information related to this topic would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by covercash on Feb 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How to get Google Checkout to give us our $$?

Google Checkout: No payouts, frozen bank account info, and Google seems to be ignoring all messages sent via their help form. Any advice on how to proceed & how to get our payouts? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Feb 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Need to get rid of some bedding

How could I get rid of some duvets? [more inside]
posted by world b free on Jan 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Help With For Profit Business Looking To Donate To Charity

This may be one of those "you should consult a lawyer" questions, but I thought I'd give it a shot and see if anyone might be able to help. Basically, I'm in the middle of starting a business that will be donating 50% of our net profits to charity, but I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Personal Campaign Finance Reform

I just found $200 that a family member had given me in 2008 to donate to Obama's campaign. Obviously, I never did that. What should I do with the money? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer on Dec 11, 2010 - 29 answers

Help a nonprofit accept credit card payments.

Non-profit donation question: The non-profit I'm working with is holding a benefit and would like to be able to accept credit card donations at the event. I'm running into trouble figuring out how to do this without having a laptop at the event. Anyone have experience with this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie on Nov 17, 2010 - 12 answers

How to implement user donations on my forum?

I own a forum which caters to a narrow interest in a small language, so it will never be huge. However, I still have to pay for hosting and decided to spring for a vBulletin licence last year. So I'm paying a modest sum out of pocket yearly. To help offset this I'm currently running a low level of AdSense ads. This does not bring in much, but I'm unwilling to "upgrade" to big, annoying ads. I'm considering implementing a PayPal donation button. What I'm unsure of are the social dynamics of this. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Apr 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Welcome to April - USA folks please commence the tax talk.

How much do donations reduce your taxes? (USA) [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Apr 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me collect donations for a friend.

How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Mar 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Whether to advertise that proceeds go to charity

I want to create something (the details probably aren't really relevant to my question) as a side project that I will sell, using all of the proceeds for charity. Is this something that I can/should advertise, assuming I have not set this up officially with the charity, but am just passing the profits along myself? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet on Feb 26, 2010 - 1 answer

Any CPAs out there wanna do me a solid?

This year I did a ton of IT work for a non-profit for no money. Can I claim this on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Where can I buy an outdoor steel collection bin?

Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Jan 14, 2010 - 6 answers

A relative wants a donation to a cause I don't believe in!

A close relative whom I don't want to alienate, has made a very public request from me for a donation towards a cause I don't believe in. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by KWittman on Jan 9, 2010 - 56 answers

How should I promote my anti-Westboro Baptist Church fundraiser online?

Westboro Baptist Church is coming to my area this upcoming week and I've started an economic counter protest (through Facebook) with people pledging $1/minute to the Matthew Shepard Foundation for every minute they're here. We've raised over 35,000 dollars so far -- and now I'm trying to brainstorm how to get some major blog coverage so we can up our donation amount even further. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Dec 5, 2009 - 36 answers

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