I get more authentic personal satisfaction from giving when I put aside my personal experiences, do some research into charitable effectiveness, and give based on what I think is most effective at helping others.
By many measures, Americans are among the most generous people in the world, giving about $300 billion to charities every year to help those who are less fortunate or to otherwise make the world a better place.
Any time a donor chooses one health care charity over all the others (or makes no donation at all), the donor is literally making a decision that affects who gets sick and who doesn't, who is cured and who isn't, and--at the extreme--who lives and who dies.
Are toy drives the most effective way to help others? How does the impact of a toy drive compare to other charitable opportunities? Since the money you are able to give to charity is limited, are toy drives worthy recipients?
Before you make your contributions, take a minute to make sure you are not being scammed and your donations are tax deductible. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people using major disasters and the holidays to impersonate charities.
This is not easy. Most programs are about toys and toys are for younger kids. We would often receive items like portable CD players or handheld poker games for the older youth -- one of which was very outdated and the other very inappropriate.
What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty?
When you are using a challenge-based event to tap into the power of third party fundraising, you are unleashing the extremely powerful force of motivated individuals, all of whom have a network of motivated individuals that they can tap into as well.
Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.
With giving already such an abstract concept, shifting it to something that happens behind the scenes -- or at least away from the community gathering -- means we 'lose a tangible teaching moment in how we form identity.'
Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.