I manage my writer friend's site where he puts up (not otherwise published) longform articles for free. Film criticism, fiction and articles about literature and philosophy, close to 500 entries. Due to his ethics he is against marketing or monetising and only now after some years we are investigating donations (definitely not monetising). Is this feasible, and how do I not get this wrong? [more inside]
My dad put together a not-really-serious Christmas list which includes items such as "world peace" as well as a few other clever things. This year I'd like to give multiple charitable donations in his name targeted to the causes/issues he touches on in his list. Help me select a few organizations. [more inside]
One of my favorite little and silly gifts to give people is adopting a lobster from the UK's National Lobster Hatchery. What are other similar inexpensive and slightly silly -- but ideally also socially/environmentally conscious -- gifts you like to give people? Ideally it's a similar deal where they don't actually get more stuff to deal with, or if they do it's some sort of small acknowledgement that they won't feel bad about throwing out or recycling.
I'm about to release the sequel to my military sci-fi novel, which did super well last year (self-pubbed on Amazon). Experience has shown that whenever I release a new book, all of the others get a sales bump. So for the first month of the new release, I'd like to donate anything I make off of the original to a good veterans' charity. Naturally, this has led me to a lot of questions. This is not the only place I'm asking, but the hive has always been of great assistance. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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!
What is the best nonprofit to donate to who will reach the same population as the WIC program? [more inside]
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]
What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
I have some old, seemingly useless clothing. How do I decide what is worth donating and what should just be thrown away? [more inside]
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]
Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations? Help me, hive mind. [more inside]
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]
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]
What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
What to do with ~50 copies of a Physics Text? [more inside]
What should I do with three almost-new lower-middle-end video cards? [more inside]
Help me find a place to donate my stuff! [more inside]
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?
Let's assume Susan G. Komen has found an all-encompassing cure for [breast] cancer. Who owns the rights to the patent? [more inside]
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]
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?
What is the minimum amount of money people are willing to give as a donation? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Who can I ask for a fairly large donation for a "green" school project in Chicago? [more inside]
How can a family who's child has Leukemia collect money, and give tax deductions to donors? [more inside]
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]
DC area (Arlington, VA specifically) charities that will come pick up furniture donations? Preferably alternatives to the Salvation Army? [more inside]
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?
Is there a donorschoose- or modestneeds-like organization for small non-profits with discrete, well, modest needs? [more inside]
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]
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]
How could I get rid of some duvets? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How much do donations reduce your taxes? (USA) [more inside]
How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend? [more inside]
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]