>Sorry if I sound like I'm against charities, I've never ran across one that I truly felt was
>worthy of my money due to: not disclosing their expenses properly, not having a great
>enough percentage going to actually help people (90% of my contribution I believe should)
One of the three (and only three) charitys I give to is the US Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program. And I have little to no doubt that 100% of what's donated actually goes to needy kids.
Now, I'm sure the anti-military types are going to come out of the woodwork with the usual:
"The Marines? They're evil, trained killers, all!"
"They're part of the evil 'military-industrial complex(tm)'"
"Anyone who runs up a beach into enemy fire is stupid"
"Only people too dumb for college go into the military"
"Didn't you watch 'A Few Good Men'?"
But, I was a Navy brat and grew up on many a military base, and actually know a number of Marines personally. And whatever other negative personallity traits a given Marine may have, one thing *every* Marine I've known has in common is that they're honest.... almost to a fault, Jack Nicholson's opinion be damned.
Besides, from a purely practical standpoint, how are you going to skim profits off of donations when they consist solely of toys? What's a crook to do... eBay a donated Furby and keep the cash???
The only other two charitys I consider worthy of *MY* money, are the eff, and dancesafe. This is not because I have any deep insight into their financial books and what precentage of donated money goes where (I don't). But, I agree so totally with the missions of both, and consider both organisations so important and wholly good, that I am willing to take it on faith that they use their resources responsibly. And in the absence of any evidence otherwise, I shall continue to do so, even if they do actually fall below your 90% requirement (I would have said 95% myself).
What really DOES bug the hell out of me, is not so much charitys that fall below the top 90-95%... but "official" company charitys! Especially when employees are "encouraged" to donate, in order to meet a "company goal". (And all too often the company charity is the united way... don't even get me STARTED on those people!) What a bunch of rubbish!!! My last employer had this exact program... where everyone was "encouraged" to give the united way a cut of each paycheck. Bullshit. How MUCH I donate, and WHO I donate to, are *MY* business, not my employers! Fortunately, my present employer pulls no such nonsence.
Note to employers: If you want to be civic minded and charity friendly, do MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS to charitys of your employees' CHOICE. Don't just pick a NPO from a hat and force it down your people's throats!
Imagine all the people...
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