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Gifts for liberal, active, outdoor peeps?

I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Un-Christlike behavior by U.S. conservatives?

I'm looking to collect as many specific examples as I can, of instances in which specific Republican/conservative behaviors and/or political moves have directly contradicted the teachings of Christ. Some specific examples within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 16, 2014 - 21 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

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 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

What are some creative gifts for kids?

I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver. Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
posted by dosterm on Jun 18, 2013 - 29 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

Spoiled Kids Need Lesson in Gift-Giving

What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on Nov 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Help me find Pendleton blanket pretenders. I'd like to give one as a gift.. or a real one, if anyone has secret sale sources. I don't have time to shop!

I'd like to buy my friend a Pendleton blanket as a gift, however, I don't have the time to source one, nor do I have the fundage right now. Are there alternatives? [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Nov 8, 2012 - 9 answers

is my old boss giving me a bad deal?

I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 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

Stop Shooting Myself in the Foot

I keep picking women who don't give as much as I feel I give and so I always end up feeling used. And because I keep picking them (even though the last one should've been enough to warn me off of the next one), I also end up feeling stupid too. Meanwhile, I've had women who've given to me the way I've given to those others, but I never seem to end up with them, even though they are exactly what I say I've wanted. How can I keep the good one and stop picking the bad ones? What is my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 15 answers

What's the best solution for online giving to a church?

What's a good service/setup for a church or non-profit to accept online donations? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Seriously, Dad, why are you making this hard for me?

So. I want to buy my dad a book for Christmas. And I know which one. But. He is reading all his books on his fancy new iPad these days How do I buy him books now? I don't want to just send a gift card.
posted by SLC Mom on Dec 17, 2011 - 9 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

Don't let the dog eat the bunting - rude or informative?

I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 17, 2011 - 10 answers

A gift that keeps on giving

We have approx $2500 shared amongst several people that we want to give to charity. But rather than a one off payment to a chosen charity, we want to figure out a way to use the money in a way that keeps on giving. Is't possible?? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Sep 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for materials to use in a nonprofit social media training

I'm looking for materials that can be used to help train people how to best use social media to help nonprofits engage the community. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Celebratory charity?

I just got a fulltime job and I am moving to California- one dream I've always had, when I finally got some money, is giving out $20 and $50 bills to homeless people in Manhattan. Where would be the best place to do this? Or go about it? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jul 25, 2011 - 50 answers

Help me to help needy families

Help me to help needy families [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Nov 13, 2010 - 10 answers

give a friend the secrets to my business

Should I help my friend get work in my specialized industry? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Sep 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Moves for when a man gives a lapdance to a woman.

What are some classic moves that a man can do when he is giving a woman a lapdance? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 23, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I become a considerate gift giver?

I bought my girlfriend an iPad. The result was explosive (in a bad way). Can you help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jun 1, 2010 - 148 answers

So I'm an ingrate, right?

How do I ask my awesome husband for gifts on special occasions? I am a little disappointed that he did not get me anything for my first Mother's Day (other than a very thoughtful and loving and personal card and flowers he added to the basket the day before when we were shopping together). I hate to sound like an ingrate, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get a little gift-wrapped something. Should I say something or should I accept this is the way he is? [more inside]
posted by bigwoopdeedoo on May 10, 2010 - 83 answers

Help me run a basic online donor campaign.

Tips for running an online (free or cheap as possible) holiday donor campaign. [more inside]
posted by lunit on Nov 12, 2009 - 1 answer

Charity Gifts

How do I give to a charity without a professional fund raiser taking a big bite out of my donation?
posted by Raybun on Aug 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Will my Nintendo Wii fit into the donation envelope?

What shall I do with a new but unwanted Nintendo Wii? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies on Jul 18, 2009 - 17 answers

The Art of Giving... Art

I made a drawing. I want to give it to my parents. How do I tell them it's okay if they don't hang it on their fridge? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion on May 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Hypothesis: X[giving] is directly correlated to Y[financial success]

How has the financial crisis affected the nonprofit sector? [more inside]
posted by drea on Mar 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Mom loves Christmas, but the whole family can't afford it this year...

My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Donor-friendly giving management web system

Help me find, buy or build a donor-friendly online giving management system for our non-profit. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan on Oct 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Education giving in Miami?

My organization is searching for foundations or individual donors in the Miami area who fund education related projects in Miami-Dade. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by ejvalentine on Aug 1, 2008 - 4 answers

If you'll just point me in the right direction...

I have a question in two parts. If that's illegal, admin, please delete the last part. I'd like to hear suggestions for websites I should look at, and then advice on whether this is really how I should move forward with this. Hopefully, this is much clearer in the ... [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jul 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Suitable gift for Irish teacher

My children are finishing the year at a primary school in Ireland. Their teachers have been wonderful and I want to give them an end of the year thank you gift. In the U.S. gift certificates are popular but I'm unsure of the etiquette surrounding gift giving in this situation. Please advise. Thank you!
posted by KTrujillo on Jun 21, 2008 - 10 answers

when does a wise man quit?

Background: I am 41 years old. I am 16 credits shy of graduating with a BS in Mathemathics. my GPA is 2.79, I have over 250 hours of attempted coursework, 144 of that is being counted towards my degree. I program and design software systems for a living. The Problem: I really love math and computer science but I am lousy at learning. when I say lousy I mean slow. [more inside]
posted by WannaBeAPhD on Apr 13, 2008 - 24 answers

Help me give a great gift for my Aunt's momentus 50th B-day!

Help me give a great gift for my Aunt's momentus 50th B-day! [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p on Feb 8, 2008 - 1 answer

Gift giving etiquette

[EtiquetteFilter] My sister and her new husband are giving me one gift for Christmas. Am I obligated to give each of them a gift, or is it acceptable for me to give one gift to the couple?
posted by HotPatatta on Dec 22, 2007 - 27 answers

How do you... give gifts?

How can I become a great giver of gifts? [more inside]
posted by violinflu on Dec 13, 2007 - 22 answers

What to get friends for agreeing to be godparent types?

Gifts for godparent-types? We've asked about a dozen people to be "mentors" to our rugrat, in an area of their choice. What do we get them to say thanks and that they have a special bond with her? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Aug 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Grandmothers, "presents" that aren't really presents, etc.

I need a little help on a petty family argument . . . [more inside]
posted by danny boy on Aug 1, 2007 - 57 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

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

a box inside a box inside a box inside a box

I've already got the xmas gift figured out, now I'm trying to figure out how to give it...so what are some creative/clever/funny ways you've given gifts? [more inside]
posted by 777 on Dec 12, 2006 - 26 answers

Which climate change organization should I donate to?

We would like to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to alleviating global warming. Ideally a nonprofit but any organization that takes action in this direction would be fine. I'd prefer that it be something I could research online or find a rating such as those available on charitynavigator.com. Any ideas? Thank you!
posted by walla on Nov 16, 2006 - 8 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

Stories about giving

Classic stories or fables about gifts/giving. [more inside]
posted by hamfisted on Jun 21, 2006 - 9 answers

$50 Gift suggestions for: A clarinettist, a violist, and a cellist

Gift suggestions for: A clarinettist, a violist, and a cellist(who is also a composer). ~$50 each, I have 12 days to get these gifts. Prefer online ordering. [more inside]
posted by sirion on Mar 19, 2006 - 18 answers

How to help others this Holiday season?

My kids (12, 10, 8 yrs.) have decided they don't want Christmas gifts this year and would like to do something for those in need. I'm thrilled. Aside from working in a Food Bank or 'adopting a family' any other ideas?
posted by pman78 on Nov 29, 2005 - 33 answers

What's the best Charity to give to?

What is the best Charity to give to on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Jul 31, 2005 - 26 answers

support vanishing wildlife ... where to start?

I'm would like to help support vanishing wildlife and ecosystems - I am already a sierra club and NRDC member, but I would like to do some more localized giving perhaps to the gorilla fund, or jane goodall ... [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jun 9, 2005 - 6 answers

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