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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: My Favorite Places to Donate  Reply with quote

It is difficult to know where best to make donations, and my ability to give is limited, so I try to find where my pittance will have maximum usefulness. Although the list does change from time to time, as I learn that a particular organization has become corrupt or I learn of one that is more effective, this is my current list:

1.  Survival International

http://www.survival-international.org/

What they do:  

http://www.survival-international.org/info

2. Link Center Foundation

http://www.linkcenterfoundation.org/index.html

What they do:  

http://www.linkcenterfoundation.org/id6.html

3. Equality Now!

http://www.equalitynow.org/english/index.html

What they do:

http://www.equalitynow.org/english/campaigns/campaigns_en.html

4. Friends of the Congo

http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/

What they do:  

http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/projects/index.php

5. V-Day

http://newsite.vday.org/

What they do:  

http://newsite.vday.org/about/more-about

6. United Palestinian Appeal

http://www.helpupa.com/

What they do:  

http://helpupa.com/news/aboutUPA.shtml

7. Green Worker Cooperatives

http://www.greenworker.coop/website_j/

What they do:  

http://greenworker.coop/website_j...task=view&id=15&Itemid=27

8. Green is the New Red

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/

What they do:

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/green-scare/

9. Action LA and the National Immigrant Solidarity Network

http://www.actionla.org/

What they do:  

http://www.actionla.org/about/?PH...=159809d8909c8e2f217854bb7391a6b6

And of course I try to donate to local and national groups supporting Mumia Abu Jamal, Leonard Peltier, the Angola 3, and other political prisoners. I subscribe to the mailing lists of large organizations like Amnesty International and take part in their actions, but I rarely donate to groups that have a large donor base, V-Day and Equality Now being the exceptions due to V-Day's work in the Congo and Equality Now's focus on matters I believe essential to human viability.

Could I be making better choices? Do you know of groups that are doing the same things only better? What are your favorite choices for donations?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I deleted Trickle Up because I found that their CEO makes too much money. I'm not going to take from my SSI check to pay the salary of somebody who is wealthy, even if their foundation does good work. If they believed in the work they're doing, they would simplify their life, live on less, pay themself less, and use that money for those who need it. If they can't or won't do that, I can't and won't trust them with my money.

I substituted the Link Foundation which is trying to provide heating oil to the Lakotah reservations. All I know about them is what I saw on their website, but it seems like a much better choice. I wish I could send them some of San Diego's mild weather, but since my own heating bill is almost nonexistent (I use electricity for light, cooking, the refrigerator and the computer, but only rarely need to use my apartment building's central heating, and then only for a few minutes to warm my whole apartment--my electric bill averages $12 a month year round), I can afford to donate a small amount towards propane for people enduring bitter cold. I always budget $20 a month for electricity and therefore always have something extra.

Yes, I cheat on my monthly budget and my checkbook register. I round down the deposits so it looks like I have less than I actually do, and round up the expenses so it looks like I spent more than I did. (Rounding things up to the nearest multiple of five or ten also makes it very easy to add and subtract!) I try to budget more than I need each month for most bills, and I enter and subtract the budgeted figures rather than the actual expenditures in my register. So towards the end of every month when my checkbook says that I'm broke, I can go online and check my actual account balance and there's always still money in it. Until I learned how to cheat on my bookkeeping, I really was broke at the end of each month -- I often had to borrow from a friend to tide me over until my check came, and it was very embarrassing. I'm sure this isn't a recommended way to do things, but it works for me.  Wink

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