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I'm curious how philanthropic we crunchyrollers are and it appears it's been a long time since this topic came up on the forums:

Do you donate (money, time, etc.) to any charities or causes? If so, which?

I make small, periodic donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Research Society, and the American Red Cross. I also used to donate to Make A Wish, and a local animal shelter. Kind of ironic that I don't like children (and certainly don't want any) yet most of the charities I donate to are for sick kids.

If there's a charity whose objective(s) you appreciate, but can't actually donate for whatever reason, feel free to mention that here as well.
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By and large I am disillusioned with large charities and other structured donation campaigns. While many do spend money on their cause, a handful are nearly outright scams that spend fractions on their cause. The Red Cross has a sordid history. South park even did a memorable scene to highlight the Red Cross 911 donation scandal.

I keep donations close to home and where I can see they make an impact. I also assist my less well off friends, which is still charity.
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I occasionally buy stuff for local children's hospitals through Amazon and Childs Play.
I occasionally buy a Humble Bundle.
Though not charity I give money to the EFF and TOR Project.

Beyond that not really, it seems like giving directly to Red Cross and other large charities get you put on a list for constant mailing and phone calls begging for donations, and they burn a good portion of donations in administrative expenses.
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shugotenshi-atm wrote:

By and large I am disillusioned with large charities and other structured donation campaigns. While many do spend money on their cause, a handful are nearly outright scams that spend fractions on their cause. The Red Cross has a sordid history. South park even did a memorable scene to highlight the Red Cross 911 donation scandal.

I keep donations close to home and where I can see they make an impact. I also assist my less well off friends, which is still charity.


True, there are a large number of bad charities out there.

As a rule, with larger charities I try to stick with the ones who are relatively transparent and spend at least 70% of donations toward their actual goals - which doesn't seem like a lot, but a depressing number of charities fall short of that mark.

While I'm not totally pleased with the Red Cross' record, for better or worse, they're one of the first-responses to national disasters in the U.S.
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I don't donate, because i want to be good for other people.. I'm helping my friends and other people
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The last charity I did was I bought a song from iTunes that was a cover by Roger Dawtry. It's proceeds were supposed to go to charity.
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I participate in the charity auctions at various anime conventions across the US. Sometimes you have to read the fine print as the charity will be the convention itself. But in the case of SakuraCon and Animazement, they both donate their proceeds to registered charities, so the proceeds go to helping people in need. I've made serious contributions to Make A Wish at SakuraCon for several years, and the hodgepodge of charities that Animazement picks up (changes every year).
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I'm frequently involved with charities but I don't give money.
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Most of the charity work I do is the in person type - I co-run my town's biggest meal program, and have all the food storage for that at my place (just bought yet another freezer on Friday - which is great, means enough food for the summer crowds, but my garage is getting crowded at this point, haha).

I also donate and raise money for Relay for Life, since I know the work they do for cancer patients, survivors, and their families and care givers. Seeing their work in action for others while I was in chemo, even though I didn't it myself, was impressive.
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Depends on the situation. If someone needs advice, I'll give advice. If someone needs something to eat, I may pay for a meal. If someone is acting like a fool, that someone may catch these hands!!!
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I don't really give to charities because I don't have any money to give them lol. I'd love to be able to donate more. I do give whatever money and pocket change I have to groups that are out collecting, especially if it's for drug and rehab centers. I'll always give them what I have on me which usually isn't much. I have donated and bought food for local no kill pet shelters. Also the food during Thanksgiving you can buy and donate at most grocery stores along with the Christmas toy donations you can make.

I am very weary of large charities and would make sure I investigated anyone I gave money too and find out how much of that actual money goes to helping the cause you want to help. Many charities can use your money for other purposes which turns a lot of people off. After 9/11 people wanted their money going to the victims and families of the victims and not for some charity to buy more computers and equipment even though that helps (supposedly) the charity help more people in the long run.

I do buy a lot of products, especially books where the money goes to different charities.

On a side note I always wondered if your name was Charity could you legally collect money for yourself without getting in any trouble? lol. Or what if your dad's name was Jerry. If you're one of his kids would it really be stealing to collect for Jerry's Kids? Please Note: Do NOT try this at home. You will more than likely go to jail for some type of fraud. It just popped in my mind is all.
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Hmm...

I wouldn't say that I frequently give. Depending on the cause I will donate -- I am more likely to donate via my own measures than go through a group charity gathering or the like. I don't know if it actually benefits anything, but I feel better cutting out who feels like the "middle man" for the collection. Rarely I will buy things where the proceeds go to a cause. I'd rather just donate directly the same amount -- I'm not a huge fan of getting junk to donate (bracelet, etc).

I donate blood a lot or whenever the Red Cross calls me and tells me they need/want my blood. :)

Aside from that, the last time I donated was to various Japanese charities to support the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake (I used to live there and just recently moved back to the states). My donations have been to bigger Japanese charities where 100% goes to the victims, or to my friends who lost their homes directly. My friend, Micaela who lives in Japan and has a Youtube channel and a following raised money and directly donated the money to one of the first response groups on site tasked with feeding, clothing, providing room to sleep and water -- I donated to that cause as well. But I guess I pledged more money because it was pretty close to home (well, it WAS my home. I still consider that place a home that I can go to).
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I plan my annual giving in advance, partly for tax reasons. I do most of my charitable giving through payroll deductions as part of the CFC drive at work every year. I always give to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for international charity. My mother retired from there and I know what they do with the donations. I also donate to my local state Hunters for the Hungry. This money goes to help reimburse butchers who will process donated game meat so it can be used by local food banks and soup kitchens. This has to be done by a licensed butcher so it meets FDA requirements. A lot of people donate the game when they have nuisance animals like wild pigs tearing up farmers fields, or deer destroying crops.

I also always buy raffle tickets and the picnic lunch to support Camp Fantastic, a special camp for children with cancer where they can get their treatments and still get to go to camp like healthy kids.

In addition to cash, I also donate clothing and household stuff and I donate blood.
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Why would I give to charity? I AM A CHARITY! You know how many imoutos I adopt and take in a month? And you know how many need the love of an onii chan as myself? The housing, the food, the time it takes to raise a harem of imoutos is A LOT! These imoutos also need toys, help with their homework, dentist visits, new clothing....it's exhausting, but I love being an onii chan.
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I occasionally crowd-fund third-world development loans through Kiva:
https://www.kiva.org
Of course, getting your investment back technically doesn't count as "charity" on your tax form, so they offer an option to donate a dollar or two to the website.

And now that the bottom has dropped out of selling your old movie DVD's back to Amazon, your local library would be happy to take them for free--Yes, one or two of our area libraries now have an "Anime section" in the YA area, out of discarded donations.
And since you are technically "making a donation to the town library", you can declare them as charity, for some nominally determined amount. ($5 a feature is reasonable.)
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