Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Ideas for charitable giving
Old 05-08-2021, 09:26 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
Ideas for charitable giving

Been involved as a board member on a foundation for community care for most of my working years. A very rewarding group and has done a great deal of work for all people/ages in the area.

I been wanting to be able to help in other ways as an individual not associated with any type of charity organization.

One idea is and some of you may have seen this done in your area. It is paying for a meal ticket of 5 to 10 dollars off of a meal for a local eating establishments. These meal tickets would be posted on a peg board or area of advertising board a lot of eating places have as you enter, as an advertising tool. A person could take a meal ticket and get 5/10 dollars off of their meal. I would think this project would work well at a cafeteria at a hospital or place where this may help those that are traveling in for medical help etc. and may help people more in need.

The second idea would paying for a few lunch meals for the less fortunate child in the school system. This maybe done by talking to administration and see if their is someone that could use this help.

Let me know what you think of my ideas and give any advice or add any suggestions for other ways to give back. Tweak ideas give another view or just add your opinion will work or not work.
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-09-2021, 07:29 AM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Dash man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Limerick
Posts: 3,290
I give to a couple of food banks in the area. There is a huge demand for their services. I also support a homeless shelter with both monetary donations and occasionally getting on a schedule to prepare a home cooked meal for them.

We also have sponsored children in Haiti through CMMB and Honduras through ChildFund International.

Another favorite is Catholic Charities, which is a huge and respected organization that provides many forms of help around the world with low administrative expenses.
Dash man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 07:31 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Dash man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Limerick
Posts: 3,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by street View Post
The second idea would paying for a few lunch meals for the less fortunate child in the school system. This maybe done by talking to administration and see if their is someone that could use this help.

I think most schools have this covered with Federal programs.
Dash man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 07:46 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
Dash man, those are all great ways to give back and I commend you for that. I also do the food bank charity and have helped people in the area anonymously. Salvation Army I have donated many hours too and volunteered my labor for other charity groups. I know of no homeless shelters in my immediate area. I have donated time for a halfway home for temporary housing for down and out.

Thinking about the food ticket for a child in school system might be covered by fed programs.

What I'm looking for is to help other then being associated with know group that I can do voluntarily behind the scenes to help with out going through a national or publicized charity group.
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 07:48 AM   #5
Moderator
Jerry1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 5,275
I like the idea of a meal ticket. When I was working, my team would do an adopt a family thing for Christmas. We got our family through a children’s hospital social services department. So, not only was the family in need financially, there was a child with medical issues. I would think a meal ticket in a urban hospital setting might be very welcome.

With regards to schools, I’m not sure if this is universal, but at our grand kids school, they went from having a needs based program to just offering food to everyone. Personally, I like that idea since there’s no way really keep private those kids on support and at that age, there’s some stigma that could go along with that. Sad but true. So feeding everybody seems like a great answer to me.

I support a food bank. I wait for double donation days and contribute.

Around Christmas, there are people that go into stores and pay off layaway balances. I didn’t think layaway was a thing anymore, but I think I still exists. I was thinking of trying that.

I have been tipping significantly more than normal. Not exactly charity, but like the idea of supporting those that are busting their butts.

Churches usually have need requests. Maybe a young family is struggling and needs a washer/dryer. Pick up a good used set for them.

I support a charity that gets families off the floor buy providing mattresses and bedding (sheets, pillows . . .)

There’s so much need. Just ask around.
__________________
Every day when I open my eyes now it feels like a Saturday - David Gray
Jerry1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 09:50 AM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 522
I've been doing something a little unorthodox that I'll share with you that has given me great joy and helped individuals as well.


Since Covid started,the Sunday NYT would have a section or two on families or individuals who have been really financially devastated by Covid. Very personal stories and they would provide the persons name and city/town they lived in.



I would then do a search on Facebook for those individuals and send them a message to confirm I had the right person and expressed my sympathy. I then would ask for their address and I would ship them a few boxes of pasta, canned veggies, peanut butter, beans, rice, chickpeas, lentils, etc that I ordered from Vitacost.com. Free shipping on orders over $50. They would receive all this food and I would get back the nicest notes from the recipients expressing such gratitude for my kindness. Win-win in my book. Just an idea.
__________________
Retired 1/6/2017 at 50 years old
Immensely grateful


“The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect.”—Warren Buffett
FREE866 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 09:54 AM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
SnowballCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 295
Why not just give directly to the needy then? Just hand out cash... with the offer for a ride to get where they need to go to spend it.

Once while riding the subway in NYC, a gentleman was handing out food to anyone who raised their hand to say they were hungry.

It's easy to give, but it's hard to prevent the need in the first place.
__________________
--At what age does spending less now in order to have more later stop making sense?
SnowballCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 09:56 AM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,143
The truly needy are outside the US. Several organizations pack food to go to hungry people worldwide. Some of these are faith-based, some humanitarian.

Ideas here:https://www.thespruceeats.com/charit...hunger-1666012

I think it is an excellent way to make an impact.

And, to make it more personal (your objective I know) you can work at these food packing events as a volunteer packing food to send to hungry people).

And of course you can donate.
Montecfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 09:57 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Souschef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Santa Paula
Posts: 3,320
We are blessed and want to help the less fortunate. At the present time we use QCD's from our IRA's, because it gives the most bang for the buck.
Here are some we donate to:
Angel Flight West
Ventura Food Share
Homeless Shelter
Religious institution
Historical Society
__________________
Retired Jan 2009 Have not looked back.
AA 60/35/5 considering SS and pensions a SP annuity
WR 2% with 2SS & 2 Pensions
Souschef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:05 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 3,833
We have a publication that lists data about charitable groups. It rates data like how much is spent of actual service delivery, how much on admin, salary levels of execs, financial management etc.

We review this every year when the survey was published. Some of the salary levels are astounding. Same the percentages spent on admin and marketing.

We decided to switch the bulk of our giving to our local food bank based on some of the detail in this annual survey and we stopped giving to a few others.
brett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:19 AM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Souschef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Santa Paula
Posts: 3,320
Quote:
Originally Posted by brett View Post
We have a publication that lists data about charitable groups. It rates data like how much is spent of actual service delivery, how much on admin, salary levels of execs, financial management etc.

We review this every year when the survey was published. Some of the salary levels are astounding. Same the percentages spent on admin and marketing.

We decided to switch the bulk of our giving to our local food bank based on some of the detail in this annual survey and we stopped giving to a few others.

We agree, we feel it is better to keep the donations in the community
__________________
Retired Jan 2009 Have not looked back.
AA 60/35/5 considering SS and pensions a SP annuity
WR 2% with 2SS & 2 Pensions
Souschef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:23 AM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Dash man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Limerick
Posts: 3,290
We used to pay of some Christmas layaways at Kmart, but all the ones near us closed. The Walmart’s near us don’t do layaway.
We do pick a few kids each year from our parish’s Angel Tree that we buy gifts for them.
We also do help with area families in need, such as one last year that had their house burn to the ground.
The Knights of Columbus chapter I belong to has various fund raisers during the year and provides help to many who need it during the year. A big one is a soup kitchen, and another is a scholarship. I’ve considered offering a daycare scholarship to help some young parents.
Dash man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:48 AM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
Quote:
Originally Posted by FREE866 View Post
I've been doing something a little unorthodox that I'll share with you that has given me great joy and helped individuals as well.


Since Covid started,the Sunday NYT would have a section or two on families or individuals who have been really financially devastated by Covid. Very personal stories and they would provide the persons name and city/town they lived in.



I would then do a search on Facebook for those individuals and send them a message to confirm I had the right person and expressed my sympathy. I then would ask for their address and I would ship them a few boxes of pasta, canned veggies, peanut butter, beans, rice, chickpeas, lentils, etc that I ordered from Vitacost.com. Free shipping on orders over $50. They would receive all this food and I would get back the nicest notes from the recipients expressing such gratitude for my kindness. Win-win in my book. Just an idea.
That is what I'm talking about!! That is a very interesting way to help who really needs it and is appreciative of the gift. Very nice and a great plan. Thnaks
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:57 AM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowballCamper View Post
Why not just give directly to the needy then? Just hand out cash... with the offer for a ride to get where they need to go to spend it.

Once while riding the subway in NYC, a gentleman was handing out food to anyone who raised their hand to say they were hungry.

It's easy to give, but it's hard to prevent the need in the first place.
I live in a very rural area so go handing out money isn't my way of helping anyone in need. I'm not into celebrating my giving to others and want to go incognito, unknown to others way of giving.

You did that in my area you might make every small town paper in a 400 mile radius. No not for me, might work fine in a metro area but not sure it would be the most beneficial.
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 11:03 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
OldShooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: City
Posts: 6,662
@street, WADR, I think that random gifts will produce random results and, maybe worse, you will never know.

For this type of thing, we have established a fund at a local community foundation. It gets separate accounting and reporting, and gifts are made according to written criteria, the principal one being:
"The goal of the fund is to provide crisis funding grants to benefit identifiable individuals in the target locality rather than to provide general support to charitable organizations or to provide grants to deal with chronic problems. This funding is not an endowment; grants should be made cost-effectively as legitimate needs arise, regardless of fund balance or calendar considerations."

From memory, some of the things we have funded include:
  • Down payment on a trailer house roof for a widow on SS.
  • Food cards for families identified by a local pastor.
  • Winter clothing for a child identified by a local school administrator
  • Bought parts for a car to be repaired by the local high school shop class and donated to a needy person.
  • Drilled a new well for a needy person whose well had failed.
  • Food cards for families identified by a local school administrator.

The mechanism set up by the foundation is quite clever. Selected individuals in the community are identified and trained in the application process; they provide the primary screening of recipients. These applications go to the foundation and are usually approved and implemented.

This is not a DAF; we fund it with QCDs. The foundation administrator makes the decisions, but from time to time she will contact me for an opinion on whether something is in or out of scope.

Here's the way to find your local community foundation: https://www.cof.org/page/community-foundation-locator I'm sure they are all different. Ours is small (staff of 4), very efficiently run, and very responsive. We find this to be a neat and effective way to help people.

Change Subject: Ref post #11, https://www.guidestar.org is the source for copies of any nonprofits' information and tax returns. To get the tax returns you have to register but I have found it to be painless and spam-free. For us, a stop at guidestar is the first step when considering any charity.
__________________
Ignoramus et ignorabimus
OldShooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 11:38 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Scrapr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Portland
Posts: 1,474
It used to be the school lunch program would have some kids with balances. And occasionally (Christmas?) I would hear of someone paying off all the balances. IDK if the feds take care of those? But might be worth a call

I don't do Facebook but the tracking & calling seems a bit stalker (ish) to me. But the family did put their info out into the world
Scrapr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 11:56 AM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldShooter View Post
@street, WADR, I think that random gifts will produce random results and, maybe worse, you will never know.

For this type of thing, we have established a fund at a local community foundation. It gets separate accounting and reporting, and gifts are made according to written criteria, the principal one being:
"The goal of the fund is to provide crisis funding grants to benefit identifiable individuals in the target locality rather than to provide general support to charitable organizations or to provide grants to deal with chronic problems. This funding is not an endowment; grants should be made cost-effectively as legitimate needs arise, regardless of fund balance or calendar considerations."

From memory, some of the things we have funded include:
  • Down payment on a trailer house roof for a widow on SS.
  • Food cards for families identified by a local pastor.
  • Winter clothing for a child identified by a local school administrator
  • Bought parts for a car to be repaired by the local high school shop class and donated to a needy person.
  • Drilled a new well for a needy person whose well had failed.
  • Food cards for families identified by a local school administrator.

The mechanism set up by the foundation is quite clever. Selected individuals in the community are identified and trained in the application process; they provide the primary screening of recipients. These applications go to the foundation and are usually approved and implemented.

This is not a DAF; we fund it with QCDs. The foundation administrator makes the decisions, but from time to time she will contact me for an opinion on whether something is in or out of scope.

Here's the way to find your local community foundation: https://www.cof.org/page/community-foundation-locator I'm sure they are all different. Ours is small (staff of 4), very efficiently run, and very responsive. We find this to be a neat and effective way to help people.

Change Subject: Ref post #11, https://www.guidestar.org is the source for copies of any nonprofits' information and tax returns. To get the tax returns you have to register but I have found it to be painless and spam-free. For us, a stop at guidestar is the first step when considering any charity.
Our Foundation is very similar to yours and also have some of the same areas of helping. We have been part of those non endowment special funds that go to people of needs that qualify in the guidelines required.

All great opportunities but still looking outside a non profit to do some work on my own to help.
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 12:00 PM   #18
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 121
Wanted to pipe in on the payment of lunches for children at public school cafeterias. In my area, low income families can qualify for free meals, but do need to do income verification paperwork. Other not quite so low income might qualify for reduced cost meals and would pay on a scale. As a former educator. I would see some families drag their feet about paying. The child was put in the middle of the situation. It was very sad especially towards the end of the school year. I quietly made arrangements with the cafeteria manager to pay off accounts and I know other teachers at the elementary school did so as well. If this is something you think you might want to do, my suggestion would be to contact the cafeteria manager of a nearby public school to see if there is a need.
healthyandfun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 12:15 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
street's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 4,586
^ thanks and I will look in to that.
street is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 12:29 PM   #20
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by street View Post
Been involved as a board member on a foundation for community care for most of my working years. A very rewarding group and has done a great deal of work for all people/ages in the area.

I been wanting to be able to help in other ways as an individual not associated with any type of charity organization.

One idea is and some of you may have seen this done in your area. It is paying for a meal ticket of 5 to 10 dollars off of a meal for a local eating establishments. These meal tickets would be posted on a peg board or area of advertising board a lot of eating places have as you enter, as an advertising tool. A person could take a meal ticket and get 5/10 dollars off of their meal. I would think this project would work well at a cafeteria at a hospital or place where this may help those that are traveling in for medical help etc. and may help people more in need.

The second idea would paying for a few lunch meals for the less fortunate child in the school system. This maybe done by talking to administration and see if their is someone that could use this help.

Let me know what you think of my ideas and give any advice or add any suggestions for other ways to give back. Tweak ideas give another view or just add your opinion will work or not work.
I give really good tips to housekeeping (currently travel a lot for my hobby ) at hotels my thought is theses people are working and not making a lot but they are working vs giving $$ to a charity that gives to someone who could but does not work
I also tip really good for the above reason
Great idea for a thread!
SJ1_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charitable Christmas Giving Car-Guy Other topics 25 12-20-2014 09:02 PM
Charitable giving braumeister FIRE and Money 51 01-18-2011 09:58 AM
Charitable Remainder Trusts/Charitable Gift Annuities friar1610 FIRE and Money 4 10-11-2010 11:40 PM
Something positive: Charitable giving at an all time high REWahoo Other topics 0 06-25-2007 04:59 PM
Charitable Giving........ FinanceDude Other topics 5 04-25-2007 10:11 PM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:54 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.