Post # 1
‘Tis the season for giving! So what is your cause? What do you donate time or money to? If you won a million dollars, and it could only go to charitable causes, what would you give it to?
- Animal shelters/SPCAs/Rescues
- Toys for Tots
- Habitat for Humanity
- Adopt-A-Family (Thanksgiving and Christmas)
- Parkinson’s Research
What about you ladies?
Post # 3
This year I am hoping to do a lot of food drives and probably Toys for Tots (5k next weekend).
If I had a million dollars though I would send it to an organization called First Descents, a sports group for young adults with cancer. Not many organizations focus on young adults (18-35 range) with cancer. They offer many scholarships for participants.
Post # 4
I’ve volunteered with a lot of organizations since I don’t have a lot of money to give. The ones I’ve been most passionate about are St. Jude’s, local animal shelters, Children’s Miracle Network and the Girl Scouts.
If I won the lottery, I’d spread the wealth around though:
- Children’s Miracle Network/local children’s hospital
- Second Chance Animal Santuary
- St. Jude’s
- Girl Scouts and GS camps
- Komen Foundation
- Establishing scholarships for the Christian sorority I’m an alum of
- OKC National Memorial Fund
- Research programs in mental disorders/drug & alcohol treatment
- Prison rehabilitation programs and support for children of inmates
Post # 5
I donate time year round to a Free Medical Clinic. As a student, I don’t have a ton of money to give. Instead, I am setting up a donation program at school to create an opportunity for students/faculty/staff to purchase needed OTC drugs to donate to this clinic during this holiday season.
I’ve always enjoyed receiving a child’s name from an organization and purchasing a gift directly for that child. It’s so sad when the gift that the child is requesting is something like winter boots or a warm coat . I’ll make sure to get them that and at least a small toy or two. It’s hard when the organization put spending limits in place (although I completely understand why they do, especially if there are sibilings).
If I had a million dollars… I would focus on increasing health and education opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged youth.
Post # 6
I always donate food to our local foodbank through a program our local provincial police (OPP) run each Christmas season called “Cram the Cruiser”.
I also always try to donate through World Vision or another charity by giving specific gifts you can purchase like supplies for a fish farm or school books for a classroom, etc. I try to gear each one towards someone in my life (ie One of my BMs is a singer, so I gave musical instruments to a school).
We also do toy donations through our local fire department.
Post # 7
I wish that I did have million dollars that I could just give away!
I work for Habitat for Humanity and would give anything to help them serve more families. I support our local food pantry soup kitchens and clothing lockers. I would also love to support adoption programs. And I would love to be able to see City Year come to a city near me.
I love this thread. I’m excited to see where everyone else gives or would give.
Post # 8
Animal shelters and rescues. I donate every year to the rescue I adopted one of my cats from, and get a matching donation from my employer’s charity program.
Post # 9
I only do things for two organizations no matter what time of year it is – Shriners Hospital and the Soldier Fund at the hospital that took care of my brother. I used to help a lot of organizations, then I did a little research and found out how much was going to “administrative” costs, I was appalled. Now I limit myself to only helping groups that are not out to only help their own pockets.
Post # 10
The David Suzuki Foundation
Post # 11
Oh I forgot Puppies Behind Bars!
Post # 12
I donate to HSUS, Best Friends Ranch, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife along with every Veterans charity I find. 🙂
Post # 13
For the past 4 christmases i’ve made donations to the AIDS society in people’s names as christmas presents…this year, through school, i visited a chapel/shelter in a very bad part of town that does all manner of outreach…non-preachy, grassroots, and really a hugely important part of the community. I’ve decided to “switch” my cause, because with the chapel i feel like my money is having an immediate impact, whereas with the AIDS society there is so much advertising, fundraising and direct mail that I’m not sure what % of the money donated actually makes its way to AIDS sufferers to offset the cost of ARVs or to research facilities. I worked at a charity for 3 years and at that particular one, the wastage of money and resources was SHOCKING.
For anyone from Sydney, check out http://www.thewaysidechapel.com
Post # 14
Mine are basically health-related: Partners in Health, Direct Relief, and Grounds for Health. I also do the NY Times Neediest. And I’m a huge fan of getting the match from my employer!
Post # 15
I made Thanksgiving dinner for our local center for homeless veterans, I enjoyed it so much I’m planning to make it a new tradition.
My dept at work adopts a family every year through our local family violence shelter for Christmas giving.
I also donate time and money on a regular basis to the ASPCA, my local animal shelter and the Center for Grieving Children.
Post # 16
As a survivor, I’m a huge advocate for domestic violence awareness. I’ve spent time working with its survivors and their children, helping to empower them with the tools they need to get themselves out of that situation and getting back on their own two feet. I’ve helped organize a food/clothing/toy drive for the local agency I’ve volunteered with at my everyday job, and have been looking for ways to raise money to go to the confidential shelter the organization has. Since the agency relies on money from the state for the resources it offers to its clients, it was shocking to see them face massive budget cuts where they would only be receiving about 8k for the entire year…that amount alone isn’t enough cover the cost to operate the shelter let alone the agency that supports it.
If I had the money, shelters, resources, and advocating awareness is where it would all be going. 🙂