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      01-17-2019, 05:30 AM   #1
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Do you donate to charities?

I want to start donating to a couple charities, but it's hard to find which are the 'good' ones, the ones that aren't a scam
Do you donate to charities? How did you choose them?
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      01-17-2019, 05:39 AM   #2
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My friend sent me these to review before I decide what I wanted to do and with whom:



https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-pr...ization-search

https://www.charitynavigator.org/

https://www.charitywatch.org/home

https://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx

https://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/
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I want to start donating to a couple charities, but it's hard to find which are the 'good' ones, the ones that aren't a scam
Do you donate to charities? How did you choose them?
+1 on the links. Also check out the IRS 990 they submit (Guidestar usually has them). Lots of good info there , especially how they spend their $$.

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i donate every two weeks in the form of taxes.
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Mostly St Judes, Tunnel 2 Towers, Make a Wish. I check to see how much of the donations go to the actual cause
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I do a Christmas donation in place of Christmas cards and open it up to Friends / Acquaintances to decide on the charity. It normally ends up being air ambulance or childrens hospital charities.

We also do a lot through work for local charities (locality to each office)
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I donate to the ASPCA every month. How did I choose them? Come on now, have you seen the commercials? Who can say "no" those sad little puppies and kittens while the sappy music plays in the background. They got me good.

I also do an annual donation to my local animal shelter.
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I donate to single mothers.....one dollar at a time.

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I donate to single mothers.....one dollar at a time.

in a similar vein, I donate to Shell Fuel Co quite often... many ús at a time
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I typically donate to individual organizations that I want to support, rather than charities - because no matter how good a charity is, there is still some that will be siphoned off the top in order to run the business - even if minimal.
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I donate to the ASPCA every month. How did I choose them? Come on now, have you seen the commercials? Who can say "no" those sad little puppies and kittens while the sappy music plays in the background. They got me good.

I also do an annual donation to my local animal shelter.
ASPCA brought in $248,084,000 last year and spent $221,271,000. $83,000,000 in salaries and almost $40,000,000 in advertising. Your local shelter could probably use the money more
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Yes time and money. I usually start locally as that is the easiest way generally to see if they are legit and the money/time goes to where it is supposed to be.

Also if you have a family there are organizations that are good for kids to see and do. It is a good family activity as well. One is Feed my Starving Children and you can go in for a couple of hours and work as a family together. This one is international to.

https://charity.org/workplace-giving...rving-children
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I donate to the ASPCA every month. How did I choose them? Come on now, have you seen the commercials? Who can say "no" those sad little puppies and kittens while the sappy music plays in the background. They got me good.

I also do an annual donation to my local animal shelter.
ASPCA brought in $248,084,000 last year and spent $221,271,000. $83,000,000 in salaries and almost $40,000,000 in advertising. Your local shelter could probably use the money more
sarah mclachlan doesn't sing for free you know.

Roughly 75% of their incoming donations go towards their programs. They do good work, they pay their people well, they advertise a lot to raise awareness and keep the donations flowing. I've got no issues with that.

As I said, I also donate to my local shelter.
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One of mine and my wife’s passions are supporting animal shelters; we even adopted three shelter cats. We donate to our local animal shelter, as well as the ASPCA.

I also donate to Disabled Veterans.
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I'd rather donate time. Both wife and I have worked at local animal shelter walking the dogs and taken a few in for short term when needed.
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My daughter is a huge animal lover and wants to be a vet when she grows up. So we to have been spending more time at local animal shelters.
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I want to start donating to a couple charities, but it's hard to find which are the 'good' ones, the ones that aren't a scam
Do you donate to charities? How did you choose them?
BTW, I should have noted in my response that I commend you in your interest to donate (time or money). As a follow-up to the responses herein, you may also find certain charities or other entities in need of donations more local to where you live.
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Thank you all for your responses and links. A friend of mine advised me donate for orphans also. I found one Christian community that helps these kids to meet the basic needs. As it turned out it doesn't cost much. I'm not a religious person but I think they did a great job.

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Yup only to pets and vets (military vets).
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