Post # 1
I’m looking for a charity to donate to for our favors. I’m obviously going to do my research, but I’d like to donate to a place dealing with issues such as: global health, Africa, kids. That type of stuff. Any suggestions for me to look into? I want to avoid anything that some people might be offended by.
Anyone else doing a donation in lieu of favors? What charity are you donating to?
If you were a guest at a wedding where the bride and groom were doing donations, what charity would you like them to donate to? Would you care?
Post # 3
I love to see brides and grooms donate to no-kill shelters….like this one in Indy that I’m extremely fond of:
It’s nice to know that people are thinking of the animals – the ones who can’t help themselves, and are victims to abandonment, breeding, and all-around human carelessness.
Post # 4
They dig wells in 3rd world countries. They story of the guy who founded it is really cool! Check out the site 🙂 [attachment=663025,86296] [attachment=663025,86304]
Post # 5
I’m doing a donation in lieu of favours, to a local branch of the charity Riding for the Disabled, which my fiance helps out with a couple of times a week. It’s a really great organisation. I might see if I can find a horse shaped cookie cutter or cookies as a little cheap thing to give my guests with the donation message on it.
I like animal charities personally but would appreciate any kind of charity donation as a guest at a wedding, I think it’s a good idea.
If you’re interested in Africa and health etc you might want to look for charities that do things like work to clean water supplies, that would tick all your boxes!
edit beaten! ^^^
Post # 6
My favorite charity is http://www.kiva.org They do tons of work in Africa, and you can designate where your money goes, which is even cooler!
Right now, I’m focused on Haiti (as many of us are) and working with http://standwithhaiti.org/haiti
We also donate to Donorschoose.org (US schools), the National MS Foundation, and Feeding America.
Post # 7
We did an idofoundation registry and donated to Susan G. Komen (because my grandmother had breast cancer) and to the SPCA (because I love animals). We handed out business cards (from moo.com) that I made on one side it thanked them for coming and gave our two charities, and on the other side we had pictures of adoptable animals from the local pet shelters.
Post # 8
I like charities that work to provide food and clean drinking water, and anything that helps children. For example, World Vision. I thought it would be great to donate money to one of those charities, and leave notes on the reception tables that say something like: “As we reflect on our blessings today, we wish to spread our blessings to others. A donation has been made in your honor to World Vision. The donation will go towards…” Etc.
Post # 9
These are great ideas. Thanks!
Post # 10
Check out doctors without borders and engineers without borders. Sounds like they may fit the bill…
We’re likely going to be making a donation to our alma mater’s general scholarship fund. We were both fortunate enough to benefit from it when we were students, we met while we were in college, and we’re still pretty involved as alums. It just fit for us. Gameplan (this week…haha) is to provide a business card sized card at every place with a line drawing I’m creating of one of our campus landmarks with a quote from our school song / an explination of our donation + cause. Hopefully folks will appreciate it.
Post # 11
we are doing 2- one to the animal shelter where my family dog is from. It is the only no kill shelter in the area and Fiance and i cant wait to get a dog there someday.
We are also donating to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I have walked ad crewed NYC, we are crewing DC together this year and walking Rocky Mtns next year… hoping i can start doing them yearly but the donation is such an effort.
Post # 12
My best friends little boy has downs syndrome, so mine is Special Olympics.
Post # 13
we are doing National Alopecia Areata Foundation http://www.naaf.org (its an affliction i live with) and St. Judes http://www.stjudemedicalcenter.org/ (dear to my FH heart)
i say pick something you care about and means something to you and your FH.
I lean towards more in country charities however, since often people forget about folks that are needy in our own country – also a big fan of the boys and girls club of america http://www.bgca.org/
Post # 14
Just an update – I think we’re going with Action Against Hunger. The charity has good ratings and does work around the world (including Africa and Haiti). Thanks for all the advice!
Post # 15
I would definitely pick Doctors without Borders/MSF. I just got back from Haiti, and for the first week or so, they were the only ones that you would see doing any real work on the ground. I’ve been giving to them for years, and have always been super-impressed by the work that they do in the field.
In terms of what we are doing, we are “registering” for charitable donations instead of gifts, and are giving folks a list of several charities that we support (MSF, Human Rights Watch, Comittee to Protect Journalists, LAMBDA, and the Prospect Park Alliance) so that people from my lefty friends to my right wing uncles can all find something that they support. We are also thinking of adding Partners in Health, which is a Haitian-based (sort of) medical group with a long history of work in Haiti.
Post # 16
Mrs. DG, I LOVE http://www.kiva.org! My favorite charities are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Higher Achievement Program