Tue 16 Nov, 2010 01:10 pm
I'd like to start a thread about effective donating. There are huge differences between the organizations. The decision which organization you donate to makes a much bigger difference than the decision to donate at all. So it's worth spending some time and attention on it.
Here is a quote from a websites that tried to explore this a bit further:
“Your choice of charity is very important. By choosing carefully you can get much more impact from your donation and thereby help many more people. Indeed, it is not even a matter of some charities being 10 or 100 times as effective: even restricted to the field of health programs in developing countries, research shows that some are up to 10,000 times as effective as others.“
What is your favourite organization?
A charity whose beneficiary/beneficiaries suit your world view, your personal interest and your own goals is your natural choice.
The best charity to donate to? Yourself.
I used to buy and give a lot of clothes to NAHA, a native American organization... They give an estimate of value, and if that fits the irs standards that would be over 13 dollars a pound, and they are highly rated... Never had a problem yet with their receipts or deductions, and I have given them thousands of pounds of clothing over the years... Been too busy this year though..
I give to our local outreach center that supplies food and clothing for families in need. I give to the Salvation Army, local chapter. And I give to those agencies that send stickers - IF I use them. I also give the paper delivery persons tips, my hairdresser and the staff at my mother's nursing home.
Note: did you know that those very large salaries paid to charity CEO's are NOT considered administration costs? That's why they can say 97% program, 3% administration. In a charity, the staff costs are considered a part of the program costs, since it takes staff to run the programs. Just an FYI. GuideStar will let you look at most agency IRS filings - Form 990.
Historically, the Salvation Army has been one of the very best in terms of donations being passed along to the final receiptiants.
Does anyone know Edit [Moderator]: Link removed
? They try to compare charities to find the best ones.