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Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: brady ()
Date: November 13, 2013 03:30PM

"A Minor Consideration". This charity helps kids who were popular stars as children; but lost the appeal as they matured. Former stars like Clint Howard, Matthew McCounaghy and Mike Lookinland

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: George Costanza ()
Date: November 13, 2013 03:35PM

I prefer the Human Fund.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: mba ()
Date: November 13, 2013 04:11PM

National Rifle Association.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: Dollars ready ()
Date: November 13, 2013 04:15PM

The Golden Horseshoe strip club in WV. The girls seem to appreciate it.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: Fisher House ()
Date: November 13, 2013 04:21PM

Are you looking for a charity that will impact a family, kids? Or are you looking at a charity to donate money to that is for a very good cause?

If it is the latter, I would say Fisher House. If you aren't familiar with this organization, they build houses near veteran's hospitals to give wounded soldiers and their families a place to stay while the warrior is healing. It is a wonderful charity and a donation is totally tax deductible.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: November 13, 2013 04:23PM

Do not donate to Wounded Warrior. They are close to being a scam....most of the donations go to overhead and marketing. Very little goes to the actual cause.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: authority ()
Date: November 13, 2013 06:17PM

eesh Wrote:
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> Do not donate to Wounded Warrior. They are close
> to being a scam....most of the donations go to
> overhead and marketing. Very little goes to the
> actual cause.


??

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: Charity Navigator ()
Date: November 13, 2013 07:00PM

authority Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Do not donate to Wounded Warrior. They are
> close
> > to being a scam....most of the donations go to
> > overhead and marketing. Very little goes to the
> > actual cause.
>
>
> ??


Not what Charity Navigator says.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842

Financial Performance Metrics
Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s budget spent on the programs
and services it exists to deliver) 57.9%
Administrative Expenses 5.6%
Fundraising Expenses 36.3%
Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
Primary Revenue Growth 78.6%
Program Expenses Growth 62.9%
Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93

The admin expenses, at least as reported here, are fine. The only number which looks higher on the surface is their expenses, but that's not necessarily some indication of high overhead or waste. They, and many others, do a lot of advertising and promotion in order to generate contributions so you're trading off those expenses against whatever revenues they generate. As long as the net is reasonable, then that's not particularly "bad."

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: authority ()
Date: November 13, 2013 07:14PM

Charity Navigator Wrote:
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> authority Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > eesh Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Do not donate to Wounded Warrior. They are
> > close
> > > to being a scam....most of the donations go
> to
> > > overhead and marketing. Very little goes to
> the
> > > actual cause.
> >
> >
> > ??
>
>
> Not what Charity Navigator says.
>
> http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=sear
> ch.summary&orgid=12842
>
> Financial Performance Metrics
> Program Expenses
> (Percent of the charity’s budget spent on the
> programs
> and services it exists to deliver) 57.9%
> Administrative Expenses 5.6%
> Fundraising Expenses 36.3%
> Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
> Primary Revenue Growth 78.6%
> Program Expenses Growth 62.9%
> Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93
>
> The admin expenses, at least as reported here, are
> fine. The only number which looks higher on the
> surface is their expenses, but that's not
> necessarily some indication of high overhead or
> waste. They, and many others, do a lot of
> advertising and promotion in order to generate
> contributions so you're trading off those expenses
> against whatever revenues they generate. As long
> as the net is reasonable, then that's not
> particularly "bad."


Didn't think so. (eesh should not jump to conclusions without researching the subject).

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: November 13, 2013 08:50PM

http://blog.seattlepi.com/consumersmarts/2007/12/13/these-veterans-charities-flunked/

Eight veterans charities received F grades in the latest report from the American Institute of Philanthropy, a national charity watchdog group.

Of 21 veterans charities reviewed, the AIP gave F's to these: American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation, American Veterans Relief Foundation, AMVETS National Service Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Help Hospitalized Veterans, NCOA National Defense Foundation and Vietnow National Headquarters.

These groups got D's: Blinded Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Soldiers Angels, United Spinal Association/Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans of the Vietnam War & The Veterans Coalition, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and World War II Veterans Committee.

The Washington Post ran a story today about one of the groups, Help Hospitalized Veterans, which "reported income of $71.3 million last year and spent about one-third of that money on charitable work."

(Roger) Chapin, 75, the charity's president, received $426,434 in salary and benefits in the past fiscal year, according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service. His wife, Elizabeth, 73, received $113,623 in salary and benefits as "newsletter editor," the Post's review of the tax filing showed.

Two groups received an A+ rating: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and Fisher House Foundation.

Last week the state Attorney General's office reached a settlement with the Blind Children Services of Puget Sound for failing to register with the state. One of the directors of the group, Robert Shay, paid restitution in August for violating the state's charity laws when he solicited donations for another group, Veterans of Western Washington.

In April, I wrote about two veterans groups -- the American Veterans Coalition in Gig Harbor and the Vietnam Veterans of Washington of Auburn state -- that devoted less than 20 percent of its income to program services from 2003 to 2005, making them among the worst performing in this state.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: November 13, 2013 08:52PM

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/02/29/segel-the-wounded-warrior-maze/


The only objection to Wounded Warrior Project voiced by some people who may have withheld their support, are concerns about the monies expended for senior executive salaries. Though published for all to see, there are still more than a dozen people filling the senior executive ranks of The Wounded Warrior Project who are receiving very high six figure salaries.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: Just me being me ()
Date: November 13, 2013 09:01PM

I only give to animal rescue groups, I hate people.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: November 13, 2013 09:02PM

Fairfax Underground should start a charity, even if it's just a toy drive for kids.

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: Rockhound ()
Date: November 13, 2013 09:10PM

eesh Wrote:
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> Fairfax Underground should start a charity, even
> if it's just a toy drive for kids.


What kind of toys? Will you be the spokesperson?

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Re: Good charity to donate to for Xmas
Posted by: ak;dfnzsdklfnzsldkfn ()
Date: November 14, 2013 12:14AM

Serious answer for a troll thread in a cesspool...

Every year we donate in our family members names at Christmas rather than buying presents. We all have more than we need and don't need to buy more plastic baubles...and these are my favorite charities:


So Others Might Eat - www.some.org
CN Score: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6077#.UoRa5OLxtWI


World Vision - http://www.worldvision.org/
CN Score: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4768#.UoRbH-LxtWI


Direct Relief - http://www.directrelief.org/
CN Score: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3626#.UoRbsOLxtWI

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