Rants, Raves and Recipes from the Edge of Sanity
The wounded warrior project is a scam too!
Make a Wish has had issues also, especially if the wish is not politically correct. Who are they to judge?ignore amos
Most charities are a scam. Thanks for the heads up Angel.
My reason for never donating to The United Way is a little different; up until I just gave up trying to keep track about 1998, every major city I lived in or near had had a major 'diversion of funds' scandal concerning United Way. Every. Single. One. Cleveland, Baltimore, DesMoines, Washington DC. Some of them m ore than once in my lifetime.It's too complicated a model. It almost BEGS administrators to line their pockets, or spend funds on their pet projects.
Great post. I usually use the Salvation Army.
Make A Wish does great work. I can't say enough about them other than I hope to God you are never in the position to be a recipient of their gift.Never.
Mark Curran (Goodwill) also gets grants from State and Feds for hiring the folks he does. Nearly 100% of sales $ goes to him and his officers. They help No One but themselves.
Consider Fischer House as well. Same concept as the Ronald McDonald House but for recovering vets.
I only give to the Salvation Army, VFW, and DAV.My wife gives to St. Jude, and we both give to one of the local missions.
This, this. A thousand times this.
In Goodwill, the joke is on the CEO. Anything worth any real money gets diverted by the employees for personal use or to sell on Ebay/Craig's list. The money goes into local pockets.
Each organization has issues. For the Lions Club International "100% of donations go to help the blind......."Check out the Lions Club financial report http://www.lionsclubs.org/resources/all/pdfs/financial_report.pdfEach one has a wart of some kind. Check yours.""ExpensesElected officers' travel and officeInternational officers $2,647,192(2016) $2,582,667 (2015)International directors $633,622(2016) $537,742 (2015)Past officers and directors $649,352(2016) $604,967(2015)Board, committee and other meetings $4,490,529(2016) $4,458,501(2015)District governors and district governors-elect $8,460,144(2016) $8,803,755(2015)Total elected officers' travel and office $16,880,839(2016) $16,987,632(2015
My personal favorite is Toys For Tots during the holidays.
Mine too, Marines, yum.
Here Miss Angel goes with her Marine fetish... Ya know I look good in my Class A's!
Salvation Army,City Church in Amarillo (feeding,clothing and teaching poor inner city kids), Jewish Voice(helps those in need in Israel...I have a thing about helping Jesus's kinfolks)....and random others...Make A Wish pissed me off once cause they wouldn't help a dying kid who wanted to shoot a bear...too damn PC for me.... vaquero viejo
Better yet: Think and research stuff like this before you believe it.http://wafflesatnoon.com/think-before-you-donate-charity-claims/http://skepdic.com/charitieshoaxemail.htmlhttp://www.goodwill.org/uncategorized/think-before-you-donate-and-get-the-facts-about-email-rumors/
The members of Lions Clubs pay the expenses incurred by the Lions Clubs International Foundation out of their annual dues.Donations are 100% distributed.Even locally, Lions clubs are required to separate donation funds so they are spent only for the club's community work.
Anon, here's where I draw the line: if a charity's leaders and operating costs are more than 50% of the budget, I move on. If the operators spend millions on salaries and perks like motivational trips to Vegas or the Bahamas, then I question their commitment to helping those in need.
Great post Angel. Regarding your last comment, 50% seems REALLY high, my own cut-off is 90% for small charities and 98% for very large charities. If they can't operate on 10% of a million, or on 2% of 100 million, then maybe they should be doing something else.
Looked up Anon 7:09AM's three links. Sure looks like the info in this graphic is UNTRUE. Still plan to check GuideStar to make sure.
I might still be able to wear my dress blues. GRUNT Life
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