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Old 12-27-2006, 01:24 PM   #21
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What do you think of donation gifts? That is, a gift that's a card that says "A generous donation has been made in your name to ..."
We received one once when our child was an infant. The gift was from someone that always gives unique, yet generally excellent gifts -- as if she puts an immense amount of time into thinking about and shopping for an appropriate gift. So, with that in the back of my mind, I open the card and it's to some fund/organization that shows "people in third world countries" how to raise their own food/grow crops, etc. So, at first I thought "whatta ripoff". As in, I set myself up for this wonderful gift, and was let down.

But, after some time I got to thinking how little I'd care about another article of clothing (or whatever) for the child, and how much more this donation gift would mean to someone else. After a year, I remember the donation, not any other gift that anyone gave for that particular occasion.

Then the usual "I wonder how much went to that organization for salaries and 'fundraising'" questions started popping into my head, but anyway.

Edit: Bóthar - Helping People to Help Themselves was the charity.

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Old 12-27-2006, 01:50 PM   #22
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don't know about bothar but i found a self-help charity that impressed me. it is www.heifer.org

they also have volunteer opportunities & study tours which i might find check out in the future.
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Yeah, that might've been it too.

I think they are actually the same organization since '99 or something.

No idea.

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I think it is a great idea if you really know the person. I almost asked DW to make a donation on my behalf as my christmas gift this year. It is something that I don't normally spend money on myself (maybe when I'm rolling in dough), but it is a nice thing that I'd rather have money spent on instead of another t-shirt/sweater/tie sort of thing that I can stick in the back of the closet and never wear.
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If someone took the time to find out what charity I give to and then send a donation in my name that's fine with me. I like the idea of sending the reciept so I could use the tax deduction. If it's a donation made to something I wouldn't donate to then it's a waste of money, like buying me that gift I'll never use.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:49 PM   #26
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I do this but first ask what their favorite charity is and if it would be OK. My relatives are more than gracious about it. I don't want to contribute to the local landfills any more crap that someone does not like or cannot use.

I find for teenagers nothing beats some greenbacks in a card. They can always find a use for it.
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im just about thru getting ripped off by most charities. first the red cross screwed us with money given to causes i would never support now 2 billion in katrina money vanished. nothing seems to get the money you want it to.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:53 AM   #28
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mathjak, there are lots of things you can do to support charities without worrying about your money.


For instance, contact your local animal shelter, what do they need. Then drop off the food etc. they ask for. Just be careful not to come home with a carload of cute puppies.
Find you local food bank. Drop of healthy food to stock their shelves.
What about your nearest Ronald McDonald house? What can they use for the kids there and their families? And I don't mean stuffed animals, more like new winter jackets and such as a lot of income is eaten up when you have an illness.
Is there a local battered womens shelter? Ours puts out a list of what they can use. Women show up there with nothing but a couple of kids in tow.

Since I have two neices headed for college I think my charitable donations for the next few years will consist of buying some textbooks for them.

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Your thinking makes a lot of sense to me, savedapile.

Other things just take your time. Go to a bakery (if any still exist in your town) and ask if they have any day old rolls/buns/bread/etc. they'd like to donate. Just takes the time of you asking and then delivering to the local food shelf. Assuming someone else (like the bakery owner) hasn't taken care of this in your particular location.

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