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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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What charity organization is trustworthy and efficient?

Hello.
This year for Christmas I want to ask my parents to donate money to an organisation instead of buying me a present. I want to give charity in this Christmas.
However, many organisation keep more money for themselves than they give away. For example, one organisation suggests that you buy a goat, for which they charge you 100 dollars, but a goat actually only costs 40 dollars!
Does anyone know a trustworthy organisation that gives away (almost) all of the money you donate?
Please help.
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Take this with a grain of salt for what it's worth... but I donate to the Salvation Army each year approaching 4 digits. Here's Why:

I moved to CA in 1995 well after the Loma Prieta earth quake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Lo...eta_earthquake

And a very good co worker was effected by it at the time and conveyed to me that they were the ONLY people there GIVING out assistance to anyone who needed it. The Red Cross was SELLING stuff (Not GIVING), even to emergency workers. Meal from the Red Cross: $5.00 Meal from the Salvation Army: $0.00

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Boy or Girl Scouts of America....

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Boy or Girl Scouts of America....
Being someone who was involved (heavily) in both the past 10 years, I would have to respectfully object.

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sweet. ima get a goat for christmas!

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Being someone who was involved (heavily) in both the past 10 years, I would have to respectfully object.
I was also heavily involved for 20 years and have to object to your objection.

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I was also heavily involved for 20 years and have to object to your objection.
I'll qualify my dissatisfaction with respect to Three Fires Council on the Boys side who feels that circling the wagons to protect someone's ego who has been there all too long and deny an Eagle rank to someone who went above and beyond 2 previous Eagle Projects approved by the same gentleman and the constant waste of money at the Admin level with the re-organization and new direction of the overall Girl Scout movement which has adopted a mascot that cares more about fashion and how someone 'looks' than the old-school values of actual character of the individual.

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Being told on the phone that someone is disappointed that their son chose a project that ended up sending 400+ Personal and Hand written THANK YOU cards to Service men and women serving overseas as well as collecting about 100Lbs of personal items in a local collection drive and they instead should have chosen a project to plant a couple of trees for the Fox Valley Park District instead..... and they can't sign off on their project because it's not good enough.... Yeah.. I take issue with that...

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Sounds like you had a bad experience, but the organizations as a whole aim kids in the right direction.

Eagle Scouts are approved by committee, not by individuals. Number one reason for not being recommended to Eagle was lack of leadership, at least that's what it was in the three troops I served on the committee.

Eagle Scout projects are proposed and approved or rejected to be carried out so I can see your beef if that's the only reason for denial, unless the project was not completed properly. You should let the appeal process take its course before damning the whole organization.

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Sounds like you had a bad experience, but the organizations as a whole aim kids in the right direction.

Eagle Scouts are approved by committee, not by individuals.
Read the above edit... It's going to National Appeal, but I don't have much hope due to the local politics involved. It's thick and fucking disgusting what I am finding out...

They lost a $1,000 a year donor and they can kiss....

Without a signature by the person at the district level, it does come down to the INDIVIDUAL especially when they puppeteer the local appeal process behind the scenes and stack the deck to sink the scout on the fact that his signature wasn't granted for the project in the first place even though he previously approved 2 projects that were each less than half of this one, and put in the "justification" for denying the appeal falsification after falsification.... It's called dirty pool. If you want names, PM me.. I'll gladly spill who's pissing in your pool; as they have been 'notorious' in their unreasonable demands for an eagle project for years now.

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for what it's worth, I'm raising money to "climb for clean air". I plan on summiting Mt. Raineer, the most difficult climb in the lower 48 states (considered the longest endurance climb in the lower 48). The money goes to the American Lung Association which helps many causes such as:

* Helping kids with Asthma live full and productive lives.
* Stem the tide of Big Tobacco money that is pushing young people to start a lifelong habit that kills countless people every year
* Fund research to find cures for Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Tuberculosis and lung disease of all kinds.
*Prevent lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, tuberculosis, and cystic fibrosis. These various forms of lung disease and breathing problems are the third leading cause of death and accounted for 32 percent of infant deaths, making it the number one killer of babies under a year of age.

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and I can assure you all the money goes where it is intended.

But in my honest opinion, I think the greatest way to donate is to make sure you are a registered organ donor http://organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm AND give blood regularly. Let us know what you decide.
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What ever gets donated this year corporate sponsors will match. All the money donated goes to to patient support or research. We need donations bad. This disease has no funding, and a fatality rate of 15%.

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Penny Arcade's Child's Play.

A charity started by gamers, for gamers... helps kids in hospitals and every dime goes towards kids in need.

http://www.childsplaycharity.org/

Since its inception, they now raise over $1 million a year for hospitals around the nation. I remember when it first started and it totally blew me away, what they were able to do.

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If you are like me, every time you see an article like this one, where the author claims that video games are training our nations youth to kill you get angry. The media seems intent on perpetuating the myth that gamers are ticking time bombs just waiting to go off. I know for a fact that gamers are good people. I have had the opportunity on multiple occasions to meet hundreds of you at conventions all over the country. We are just regular people who happen to love video games. With that in mind we have put together a little something we like to call “Child’s Play”. Penny Arcade is working with the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Amazon.com to make this Christmas really special for a lot of very sick kids. With the help of the Children’s Hospital we have created an Amazon Wish List for the kids. It’s full of video games, movies and toys. Some of these kids are in pretty bad shape and just having a Game Boy would really raise their spirits.
Please take some time to browse the Wish List. Maybe all you can afford is a package of batteries or maybe you want to go in with your entire office and get the kids a GameCube. Every single contribution will help out the Children’s Hospital and the 190,000 kids they treat each year.

All the toys and games will be delivered to us and we will in turn deliver them to the Children’s Hospital. As soon as the toys start arriving I’ll set up a web site and post as many pictures as I can. We will be making a trip over to one of the hospitals next week and we’ll bring you back stories from some of the kids along with more pictures.
Penny Arcade has a readership of something like 4.5 million gamers across the world. We are arguably the largest community of gamers on the internet. The important word there being community. This isn’t IGN, this isn’t Gamespy, we are not a faceless corporation, you are not just a number tracked by a database and then relayed to hungry advertisers. You guys have proven yourselves to be a powerful force when stirred into action. Here is your opportunity to use that power to do some real good.

Let’s give these kids the Christmas that they deserve and let’s give the news papers a different kind of story to write about gamers.
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Check with your local village hall. They most likely have something going on. The money donated will stay in your community. My village has a shop with cops program which I gave to in the past. Basically they have families with children that are on hard times that otherwise would have a pretty glum holiday. Each kid is given $100 and the local police officers take them shopping at the mall until the $100 is spent. In high school I helped on one of these days. It was so heartwarming to see the kids shopping for their parents first before getting anything for themselves. Totally did not expect that since many kids would just blow the cash on stuff they wanted.
Some local townships also have xmas dinners where the cash you donate is used for food and gifts.

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