Skip to comments.Looking for charity suggestions
Posted on 11/23/2005 6:42:18 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew
I will be receiving my Christmas bonus in about two weeks. In keeping with the Jewish requirement of donating 10% of my income to charity, I'm now in the market for some good place to give to.
I'd like to give to a charity focusing on the truly poor -- those people unfortunate enough to live in destitute countries -- and one that focuses on developing poor economies (i.e. providing clean drinking water, educating people on modern farming methods, microcredit, fighting malaria with DDT) rather than simply giving handouts.
Note: I will not give to an organization that tries to promote Christianity (or Islam for that matter). I love and respect what good-hearted Christians can do, but as a Jew I simply will not aid Christian missionizing with my money.
I'm a good non-profit candidate...;-)
Hospice is a great org.
I recommended "hospice care" as a charity choice because family members of mine have benefitted from hospice care, which is provided to terminally ill patients. They also help the family with medications, which can be extremely expensive even for families with health insurance.
Best ratio of overhead to good works in the industry -- 15% overhead, 85% for good works.
Want to send your support to a Soldier in harm's way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it? This site has it all.
Mrs. B.S. Roberts and I just sent two huge packages overseas. One for the male Marines (A CH-53E helicopter squadron in Irag) and one for the female Marines.
There are tons of soldiers who apply to this site and will tell you what they need and exactly where to send it.
I like to know where my charitable donations are going and that they are being put to good use and are appreciated. These troops need us to let them know they are in our hearts and prayers.
You'll be celebrating Jesus and Christianity plenty when you recieve that CHRISTmas bonus check.
Their mission statement: "AJWS is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 to help alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the world regardless of race, religion or nationality. It breathes life into Judaism's imperative to pursue justice and helps American Jews act upon a deeply felt obligation to improve the chances for survival, economic independence and human dignity for all people."
For the record, my company calls it an "end of year supplemental compensation package," not a Christmas bonus (always politically correct). I recognize it for how the concept originated. As it is today, the bonus is an expected part of my pay and totally without religious conotation.
No offense, but rubbish. The people who are in Gush Katif don't have it easy. But they are living in relatively modern trailors, with access to running water, free medical care, etc. Likewise, the victims of Katrina are in developed world shelters. Both are being relatively compensated by either the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and/or insurance companies.
Have you ever been to a REAL developing country? 40% of the planet lives on less than a dollar a day. I've been to places where people live in mud huts and burn dung for warmth when the temperature dips to 5 below. That's poor.
I have nothing against Christian organizations. If they do good work, I'm all for it. But I will not financially support the promotion of Christianity. Let me ask you this: could you financially support an organization that promotes Islam or Hinduism? What if they otherwise do good work? I bet not.
No offense intended, but Americans are so ignorant. For any given amount of money, a LOT more can be accomplished abroad than within the US. How many places in the US lack clean water? Or are ridden with malaria? Or where people live on less than a dollar a day? By third-world standards, even crack whores are well-off in the US.
And would you finance a charity that promotes Islam or Hinduism? I doubt it. So don't tell me what to do with my money. Or are you really a liberal troll?
DITTO your comment.
The Fisher House ProgramThe Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illnes, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 8,500 families, and have made available more than two million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. Based on a comparison of fees at a Fisher House (the average charge is less than $10 per family per day, with many locations offering rooms at no cost) with commercial lodging facilities in the same area, it is estimated that families have saved more than $60 million by staying at a Fisher House since the program began.
In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. Families and friends of patients at any of the military's hospitals can now receive up-to-the-minute reports on a loved one by going to the patient's own customized web page, thanks to new services provided through CaringBridge. We are also proud to administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman's Own Award.
Now why would I take offense at being called ignorant?
Let me ask you this: could you financially support an organization that promotes Islam or Hinduism?
Equating Islam with Christianity tells me more than I want to know about you.
So promoting wealth and capitalism amongst the world's poorest, as a solution to ending poverty? Not bad. Plus, the BBB recognizes them for meeting its criteria for honesty, transparency, and accountability.
Thanks for taking the time to update all of us about the Charity thing!
I really appreciate hearing back from you and that you took the time to PING each of us! THAT IS A LOT OF WORK!
Good for you for finding such a GREAT charity!
God Bless and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!