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14 January 2010 @ 03:52 pm
Accomplished, and yet  
So, I finally managed to get several things done — I've applied for my first passport; I've restocked cat supplies; I've gotten a new, higher-capacity-DVR cable box.

And I've donated towards Haiti relief.

I don't tend to get involved in much, and I regret that. I never really have the time, energy, or skills for most charity needs; cat rescue is one of the few exceptions. I often wish that I could feel more effective by donating funds, but that feels so remote and uninvolved, and I often have issues with most agencies through which funding can be channeled (such as the American Red Cross).

That said, for Haiti, right now funding seems to be the best possible contribution from someone like myself who can't be on-site providing literal direct relief. I chose Doctors without Borders [ETA: and Partners in Health], which as far as I know is unobjectionable.

I'd like to build a reference of agencies I'm comfortable donating to, for both immediate needs and potential ongoing support. (I don't want to get involved with agencies with religious ties or affiliations; or agencies supporting issues I don't; or agencies with questionable legal/financial management or excessive fundraising/overhead expenditures.) As far as I know, Goodwill is a good candidate for donated products. I'm curious about Oxfam America. Beyond that, I don't know.
lyrstzhalyrstzha on January 15th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
I feel the same way; I always do careful research before I choose an organization to donate to. Thus far, I've felt okay about Oxfam America and Goodwill.
michelel72: SGA-Teyla-Gleemichelel72 on January 21st, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
That's reassuring; I'll add Oxfam America to the list, and I'm always relived to find folks who've done the groundwork (because I'm lazy, heh). Thank you!
sings and wandersvioletcheetah on January 15th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I just went to http://www.bbb.org/us/Charity-Reviews/, if you don't already know about them, to look for info on "Feeding America," which is the new name of "America's Second Harvest." I've been meaning to try to find a non-religious food bank in Woosta, but everyone seemed to be out of some church's basement or something. Then I saw that you could leave donations for the Worcester County Food Bank at City Hall, so I looked them up, and they are affiliated with Feeding America, which, from the stats at BBB, is phenomenal: 98% to fundraising. I also saw no mention anywhere of religion.

Anyway, not so much for Haiti, but I think they will get my domestic money.
michelel72: DS-Quote-TeachToCowmichelel72 on January 21st, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
That sounds pretty damn cool. I'll add them to the list. Thanks!