Moore, Oklahoma

You’ve seen all the stuff on the news or video online – I haven’t, but I don’t have to. I not only believe how horrible it is, I could almost quote every politician who speaks about it for the next eternity – just so much blather.

I will never trust Red Cross or United Way or any other well-known ‘charity’ whose salaried employees make more than double our household income. However, there are some charities that do good work and really ARE charities. Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and Mercury One come to mind.

Text 80888 to donate $10 to Salvation Army. Click here to donate with Catholic Charities. Click here to read about and donate to Mercury One. Your donation to any of these charities will go to those who need it, not some bureaucrat or well-compensated figurehead.

Now, go hug your family and friends. While you can.

TornadoHope

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3 comments

  1. swampie · · Reply

    Nope, I donate nothing to companies whose business is fundraising, not helping the people that it is supposed to be helping.

  2. Chris Chan · · Reply

    Several times when I gave to the Salvation Army I saw workers pilfer the better items for themselves. I am also turned off by the huge salaries that many charities pay their officers today. I used to be a big donor, but all the abuses with charities lately have me thinking twice before giving my hard earned dollars to any worthy causes.

  3. When you give money to charity, it’s reasonable to expect the money will go to, well, the charity. But there’s an entire industry of “charities” that are masterful at raising money that overwhelmingly goes to the paid companies that do the fundraising.The Center for Investigative Reporting and the St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay Times examined the tax records of 6,000 charities that used paid fundraisers and identified the 50 worst in America. None of the 50, which, combined, paid solicitors nearly $1 billion of $1.3 billion raised over the past decade, gave more than 11 cents on the dollar to those who were supposed to benefit, the investigation found.In some cases, such as with the Cancer Fund of America, if you donated $20, less than 20 cents of your contribution actually went the organization’s cause. Among the 50 worst charities, the average amount that went to the cause itself was about 4 cents of every dollar donated. Some of these charities have been flagged before — an indication that even after word has gotten out about how they do business, many consumers aren’t aware that practically none of their donation is being used in a charitable way.Typically, charity rating organizations want to see fundraising costs no higher than 35%, and many major charities are far below that. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish Foundation of America spent 19% and 15%, respectively, on fundraising, according to data published by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance .

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