Misanthrope that I am, I still have various worthy causes that get a check (or more) from me now and then, and not only over the holidays.
While attempting to steer away from politically or religiously cantankerous discussion here on the blog, here are a few relatively mainstream, yet awesome, suggestions:
Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss has a very fancy set of fundraisers for Heifer International at Worldbuilders 2010. HI is a very well-regarded and helpful charity, so check it out.
One of my personal favorites is Child’s Play, which the creators of Penny Arcade started in order to prove that gamers aren’t all evil monsters. They buy toys and games for children’s hospitals all over the world. Won’t someone think of the children?? On a personal note, it’s fun to be a part of an organization that keeps breaking its own fundraising records.
First Book provides books to kids. What’s not to love about that?
#2: A great reminder for me to give to my favorite kitty shelter. I do my alma mater in the summer, though I am totally going to stop if they keep calling me at different times of the year (as I told them the last time they called). I also buy books whenever I hit the local big bookstore (which is a lot when my mom visits) for the local books for kids program. When the food bags are close to checkout I grab one of those too, though I completely forget if they’re hidden. We hit both local radio stations last pledge drive, and I gave separately to performance today because it often gets me through the first two hours of work.
Much of our holiday giving is not so tax deductible. We give $20 Target gift certificates to *all* of DC’s preschool teachers. As (s)he gets older that gets more expensive. We also give the preschool itself a $50 certificate to half price books. Various less-well-off family members also get checks. And there’s 529s for their kids.
Update: Just gave $50 to DonorsChoose.org to support a math program in a high poverty area in the big city nearest ours.
Update #2: Jackie from Money Crush writes: Comsumerism Commentary and I are matching donations made within a certain time period. See http://www.moneycrush.com/if-youre-donating-were-donating/ if you want details. [ed note: they are donating their matches to Doctors Without Borders and Nothing but Nets]
If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is:
- Give to the non-profit, 501(c)3 charity of your choice between Thursday, November 25 and Friday, December 11, 2010.
- Email your receipt to charity (at) consumerismcommentary.com by Monday, December 13, 2010. (Of course, it’s fine to remove your identifying information.)