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Old 08-18-16, 06:38 AM
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Help me pick a charity...

Received the following message from HR recently:

Your 25 year anniversary is coming up and typically we do a cake celebration, if you would prefer not we can make a $100 donation to a charity in your name. Please let me know which you prefer to do.
I'm not the kind of guy who enjoys the spotlight of an all-company cake celebration. And much like the gift catalog I have to choose out of, I'm lousy at making decisions like this. (In fact, I still have to 20-ear catalog on my desk somewhere, as I never picked anything back then) There's regular stuff we give to, but I thought perhaps I could go with something different this time. Here's your chance to earn a $100 donation to a favorite charity. Sell me on it.
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http://ageafrica.org/about/

Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development.

Our vision is that all girls in Africa will have equal access to secondary education, and that young scholars will be empowered to finish school, leverage their educations into viable opportunities for earned income, and have the tools they need to self-advocate for their own life choices.

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Their impact is pretty good: delaying child marriage and allowing girls to advocate for themselves. The UN's assessment of the program is here: http://ageafrica.org/app/wp-content/...tudy_Final.pdf
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Re: Help me pick a charity...

Unless there is a cause that is near and dear to you I would recommend keeping it simple and do something like the Red Cross. If you do want to search around a bit and find something else make sure you check them out first at a place like http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to see what the ratio of admin/overhead to actual support the money goes too.
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Re: Help me pick a charity...

Originally Posted by nemein View Post
Unless there is a cause that is near and dear to you I would recommend keeping it simple and do something like the Red Cross. If you do want to search around a bit and find something else make sure you check them out first at a place like http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to see what the ratio of admin/overhead to actual support the money goes too.
I was going to make the same suggestion.

OP, since you don't have any particular in mind and $100 isn't exactly a big time donation, I would go for a charity that is doing good work on low overhead. Get the most bang for your buck.
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I've always been into racing and cars since I was a kid. Unfortunately, some kids will never experience something most of us take for granted. What's cool about this charity is that even if the kids aren't into cars they are awed by the presence of these racing cars and exotics.

http://racingforkids.org/
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"Instead of giving you a cake, we would rather give you a receipt for a small tax deduction."

I would rather have the cake, and it had better be a $100 one.
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Planned Parenthood
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CTF

http://www.ctf.org/
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Hey we are celebrating YOU. We can feed all the fat fucks some cake, or give someone more money to pocket in the name of charity. But you don't not get anything. Tell them to shove it.
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You could contribute to something like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease. My father-in-law had Parkinson's, and it was pretty tough to see him lose all functionality, so we still donate to APDA. If anyone you know has that kind of condition, you could donate in that area.
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Re: Help me pick a charity...

My two default charities are Make-A-Wish and Toys For Tots. I got turned onto them through my membership in the 501st Legion. Both are highly rated at the charitynavigator site.
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Animal Welfare Institute

According to www.charitywatch.org, 97% of its cash budget is spent on programs & 3% on overhead.
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike View Post
My two default charities are Make-A-Wish and Toys For Tots. I got turned onto them through my membership in the 501st Legion. Both are highly rated at the charitynavigator site.
Make-A-Wish was always my go-to charity.
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Get over the anti-social aspect of it and get the $100 cake celebration. You might as well since you gave the company 25 years.

Suck it up and par-tay!
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Make A Wish only spends 73.6% of it's income on the "Wishes" ...
Toys for Tots = 96.9%
Red Cross is over 90%

Ideally you want as much as possible to the programs. 80% is usually the minimum.
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Get over the anti-social aspect of it and get the $100 cake celebration. You might as well since you gave the company 25 years.

Suck it up and par-tay!
Only if it includes booze.
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Only if it includes booze.
Take a flask.
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Whatever you pick, pick something local. Smaller charities often get overlooked.
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My go-to charity (which I wish I could give more to) is German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. It's all volunteer, relying on donations to house, feed and care for the dogs they rescue and try to find homes for. I've never seen them with less than 70 dogs, and they do their best to find good homes for them all.
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Re: Help me pick a charity...

A bunch of good suggestions - thanks!

Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
Planned Parenthood
This was actually my initial thought.


Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Get over the anti-social aspect of it and get the $100 cake celebration. You might as well since you gave the company 25 years.

Suck it up and par-tay!
Nah. It'll basically consist of a shindig in the breakroom where my boss, who likes me about as much as I like him, shows overheads of what it cost for a gallon of gas in 1991, and old pictures of me from HR files.



Originally Posted by Jason View Post
Whatever you pick, pick something local. Smaller charities often get overlooked.
Originally Posted by Bronkster View Post
My go-to charity (which I wish I could give more to) is German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. It's all volunteer, relying on donations to house, feed and care for the dogs they rescue and try to find homes for. I've never seen them with less than 70 dogs, and they do their best to find good homes for them all.
Considering both of the points listed above, a current frontrunner is:

http://www.noahsarkanimals.org/

based on input from a few co-workers. But I haven't committed to anything yet.
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http://scaresthatcare.org/
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Planned Parenthood
My choice also.

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