Post by cattledogkisses on Nov 12, 2019 16:54:59 GMT -5
Around this time of year H and I set a budget for what we plan to donate to charities. We always donate to the rescues that we adopted our pups from, and to a scholarship that was set up to honor a friend of mine who passed away, but other than that we don't have any that are set in stone from year to year.
What organizations have people donated to recently, or plan to donate to?
Post by biscoffcookies on Nov 12, 2019 16:59:17 GMT -5
I have standing monthly donations to: Doctors Without Borders International Rescue Committee Our local diaper bank Our local food pantry
Other favorites I donate to on occasion are Donors choose, SOS Children's Villages, and a local nonprofit that provides legal counsel to low income families to help them in disputes with landlords, schools that won't provide accomodations, and other situations. Also RAICES and a charity (United We Stand, I think?) that helps people pay their DACA renewal fees.
Post by sameoldstory on Nov 12, 2019 19:09:26 GMT -5
I do a small donation to United Way, and also National MS Society, local animal rescues, and @@@@ a local non-profit charity for Pediatric Cancer that was started by my friend when her daughter was diagnosed.
Don’t forget to check your employer’s corporate donation policy, mine does a dollar for dollar match to employee donations up to $20k per year.
We do several, but my favorite new one to support is Sleep in Heavenly Peace. shpbeds.org They have a goal that “no child sleeps on the floor in our town.” We have a local chapter. We did a bed delivery blitz a few weeks ago, and it was so great to see everything come together for the families. 100 beds were delivered in a weekend, which is great...but we’ve got a long way to go. They can usually find more than enough people to show up and build or deliver the beds, but often have to stop production because they don’t have money to purchase mattresses or bedding.
Post by formerlyak on Nov 12, 2019 22:59:33 GMT -5
DH and I give to our alma maters (5 schools between the two of us). I also give to the college I work at and we give to our local Ed Foundation.
@@ We also give each of our boys a small amount to donate to the charity of their choice on Giving Tuesday. Last year my oldest chose Surfrider and my youngest chose a local Police and Firefighters Memorial Fund to support widows and families of police and firefighters who have died (he was 4 and said he wanted to support the firefighters and that’s the local org I was able to find).
Post by goldengirlz on Nov 12, 2019 23:30:16 GMT -5
Not an exhaustive list but off the top of my head:
Our local public schools Two local nonprofits that help the homeless NPR Planned Parenthood Our alma maters Local theater company American Cancer Society Our synagogue
In years past, I’ve supported:
The Holocaust museum The African American history museum The Committee to Protect Journalists Earthquake recovery/the American Red Cross An organization supporting refugees State and national parks St. Jude’s
Just a reminder that #GivingTuesday is coming up on December 3, and there may be extra matches available just that day with the charity of your choice. My development officer friend calls it her favorite holiday. 😊
Our biggest annual financial donations tend to go towards a charity event that I was heavily involved in as a student at our undergrad, libraries (both the one near where I grew up in memory of my mother each year, and our local county system), and my husband’s United Way donation at work.
@@ Then also Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, the school PTAs, Jump Rope for Heart, a tree planting group, and what seems like near constant one offs (tonight, supplies for military care packages). As part of their birthdays and Christmas gifts, I let the kids pick a cause towards which we donate. I also usually try to make a donation to a charity listed in the obituary when friends of mine lose family members.
I volunteer a lot of time right now at the schools, with Girl Scouts and Meals on Wheels, as a board member of our library friends group, and lately, as a basketball coach. A few people are trying to get me to join the Rotary, but I’m not quite up to adding that in the mix right now, too.
I remember kirkette saying years ago she wanted to be a philanthropist, and I loved that. I do too. Giving time and/or money to a good cause is one of my favorite things to do.
This one is so hard, because there are so many deserving organizations. My employer is currently doing a donation drive for a number of local organizations, and I had a lot of trouble deciding which ones to do a monthly payroll deduction for.
I settled on three - two local women's organizations - one focuses on homelessness with women and children, and the other has a more narrow focus on domestic violence victims. I also found an organization locally whose mission is to "use legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equality, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs".
I also have a monthly donation to Southern Poverty Law Center. So, I guess my top concerns are poverty, equality, and a fair criminal justice system. I also do occasional donations to RAICES and the ACLU. If I had more money I'd probably also give to Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer society, and an animal shelter but right now I don't.
Our foodbank and my high school. My husband has stopped donating to his college (the final straw was when they wouldn't promise to protect DACA recipients from ICE), which I support (ETA - I support his choice, not the school's decision). I have monthly contributions set up for Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the ACLU.
Monthly to Planned Parenthood (Gulf Coast chapter), semi-annually to local NPR fund drive, yearly to Lilith Fund (local abortion fund). Other charities that usually get a once a year donation include National Park Foundation, Houston Public Library, BARC (Harris County animal shelter), Center for Reproductive Rights. Last year I did RAICES and a couple other immigrant legal defense/ bail out funds. Sometimes doctors without borders or various environmental group.
We also do donations instead of xmas gifts for our parents, usually ask what group they want us to donate to.
Post by ponybaloney on Nov 13, 2019 13:38:03 GMT -5
I donate to the local university's food bank. I work there, so I just have it taken out of my paycheck. They also do several professional clothing drives throughout the year, so I really appreciate their mission keeping students fed and helping them look professional for employment. Two thumbs up.
ETA @@@@@@@@ We also donate to Girl Scouts, both time and money.
We donate annually to EveryDay Warrior. We're also OPB members and donate regularly to Planned Parenthood & ACLU. We tried donating monthly to whatever cause we felt drawn to, but that didn't work as well as we'd hoped for various reasons. For 2020 we're going to donate quarterly when bonuses come in and decide then what's most important to us at the time.
It's not a lot, but we also make sure that we always shop through Amazon Smile.