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Dec 26, 2016 14:39:06   #
lovelandjanice
 
I know someone who sponsored a child, a girl, when she was grown she was able to go to school, become a nurse and visited her sponsoring family in NJ
Some of them do work, just be sure to check out any charity.
 
Dec 26, 2016 17:13:09   #
Granny2005
 
I never donate money. I want my money to be used for food & necessary things. So I donate knitted or crocheted items or food. I also donate locally. There are plenty right here who need real help.
What frost my cookies is 'important people' movie or political people encouraging us average & poor people to give. $$$ they could take care of the situation if they donated themselves.
Dec 26, 2016 18:17:21   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
Granny2005 wrote:
I never donate money. I want my money to be used for food & necessary things. So I donate knitted or crocheted items or food. I also donate locally. There are plenty right here who need real help.
What frost my cookies is 'important people' movie or political people encouraging us average & poor people to give. $$$ they could take care of the situation if they donated themselves.


I am sure many of those "important" people do donate, but just don't brag about it.

However, I am also reminded of the infamous Jimmy Savile, who allegedly raised millions for charity but never donated any of his own $$.
Dec 26, 2016 21:29:27   #
bettyirene (a regular here)
 
I think the Governments should be doing something about getting the men vasectomies and sterilisation for the women in some of these countries, as long as they don't have anything against birth control.
Dec 27, 2016 01:43:06   #
Janicesei
 
Not only children's charities, how about the breast cancer funds, Avon, Susan Korhman,( not sure of spelling) and a few more. 25-30 years collecting billions and promise a cure. What cure? My SIL died 32 years ago and 2 years ago my DIL's sister died with the exact symptoms. What good did all that money do and who got it???

I donate to a few charities, but make sure it goes directly to the charity. Like St. Jude, Boys and Girls Country - a local group about 8 miles down the road, also a dog charity, local too.

Pick one or more charities you like. Call them and say you want to send direct, not to a fund raiser. They will be happy to give their information. We can't give to everyone and shouldn't feel guilty for starving kids, or homeless pets. And, no matter where you live, there are families and kids who go to bed hungry. Give to a local food bank, or check with the schools. Ours are sending weekend food packs home so the kids have food on the days they don't go to school. Remember, Charity begins at home. That's not selfish it's smart. Local charities need your help and you can feel good instead of aggrivated with your payment or other donation. I am happy with my giving now.
Dec 27, 2016 05:32:27   #
inishowen
 
I've just heard that George Michael who died yesterday gave huge chunks of money to charities. He also gave a waitress a £5,000 tip because she was a student nurse and was in debt.
 
Dec 27, 2016 06:22:50   #
looseille
 
Oxfam was started in 1942. Since then they have begged cash to build wells so often I doubt there is a spot in India or Africa without a well. We have bought a goat for Christmas, bought a fishing rod so they could feed themselves, we have bought a spade bought a tractor all this and still they are trekking miles to collect dirty water. Some lies being told? Then I discovered what the CEO was getting out if it and all the other staffs salaries - look into it a bit more and find there are all receiving more cash than I will ever seein a lifetime of working. I watch adverts with sweet little girls and we are asked to send cash so they dont have to marry and die in childbirth at 12 years old ? How can my cash stop the mindset of dirty old men in Africa ? A few years ago I filled shoeboxes for Eastern Europe found out the "Christian" charity was handing them out with proviso of them being of "their" faith. Also the poor people caring for the children were taking out of the boxes for themselves No matter what I do or what I give I will never alter how they think or live in other countries so I now look to my own family and remember the old saying charity begins at home
Dec 27, 2016 06:30:27   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
Janicesei wrote:
Not only children's charities, how about the breast cancer funds, Avon, Susan Korhman,( not sure of spelling) and a few more. 25-30 years collecting billions and promise a cure. What cure? My SIL died 32 years ago and 2 years ago my DIL's sister died with the exact symptoms. What good did all that money do and who got it???

I donate to a few charities, but make sure it goes directly to the charity. Like St. Jude, Boys and Girls Country - a local group about 8 miles down the road, also a dog charity, local too.

Pick one or more charities you like. Call them and say you want to send direct, not to a fund raiser. They will be happy to give their information. We can't give to everyone and shouldn't feel guilty for starving kids, or homeless pets. And, no matter where you live, there are families and kids who go to bed hungry. Give to a local food bank, or check with the schools. Ours are sending weekend food packs home so the kids have food on the days they don't go to school. Remember, Charity begins at home. That's not selfish it's smart. Local charities need your help and you can feel good instead of aggrivated with your payment or other donation. I am happy with my giving now.
Not only children's charities, how about the breas... (show quote)



I am sure cancer research does not waste donors' money.

There are many breast cancer groups that concentrate not on research but on raising funds for nursing and other kinds of support for cancer victims and their families. Here's one of them: http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/AboutUs.aspx
Dec 27, 2016 06:40:03   #
inishowen
 
We often have young people here collecting money because they want to go and help build schools and houses in Africa. My husband asks why the people there can't build houses and schools. He is met with a blank look. It makes you wonder doesn't it?
Dec 27, 2016 07:15:29   #
st1tch
 
What gets to me is the amount of money they spend on TV advertising, it must be colossal. IMHO if they can afford to do that they don't need donations, I for one don't donate to the ones who advertise heavily or the ones that send you unasked for pens and greetings cards through the post. We donate each month to a local children's hospice and to the Air Ambulance and that's it, there is only so much cash you can spare isn't there?
Dec 27, 2016 12:34:13   #
gma11331
 
It really irks me to get request in the mail for donations that have a nickel or dime pasted to the requests. And I've never given these people a cent. How much money do they spend sending out these unsolicited requests! Yes, I keep the coin! As stated previously, I only give to local charities where I actually see their work. I do donate yearly to Relay for Life as a friend and her family are always actively involved in it in their community. There has been progress in cancer treatments I believe, altho no definitive cure. It often affects individuals differently and there are so many different types of the affliction.
 
Dec 27, 2016 14:06:51   #
FrannyGrace
 
There is an organization online called "Charity Navigator" that I belong to (free) that puts out reports on the different charities (just in US?). They tell you how much money is spent on administration, helping people, and how much the head person receives as salary, etc.--very interesting!
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