Favored Charities

On the development of the quality of generosity and the promotion of persons and organisations who are worthy recipients of receiving gifts.
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Will
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Favored Charities

Postby Will » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:49 pm

Generosity is praised in all spiritual paths, so here is a thread to mention those charities one likes to support. I prefer those which are not funded by multi-millions, but the smaller ones.

Here is one in the USA: http://farmrescue.org
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Re: Favored Charities

Postby santa100 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:45 pm

It's very important to have transparency when it comes to charities. Make sure to use http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to verify an organization before giving..

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Postby tampasteve2 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:39 pm

I also use Amazon Smile. You can designate a specific charity or organization. My local Thai Temple is on it, so every time I buy from Amazon (which is a lot) they get a small percentage of the purchase price donated to them.
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Re: Favored Charities

Postby Buddha Vacana » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:49 pm

I think Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is quite reliable, and they take care of the most serious situations without any political agenda.

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Postby Kim OHara » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:52 pm

santa100 wrote:It's very important to have transparency when it comes to charities. Make sure to use http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to verify an organization before giving..

+1

Kiva is an interesting one. It specialises in microfinance, and recycles your money through one loan after another.
https://www.kiva.org

Here - http://www.cgdev.org/blog/kiva-not-quite-what-it-seems is one of a group of blog posts critiquing both Kiva and, incidentally, the 'sponsor a child' (etc) programmes of other aid organisations. It's well worth the time if you have the interest. If not, relax - Kiva is indeed doing good things, and that's almost all you need to know.

And MSF is another good one. Red Cross, too, especially for emergency response efforts.

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Postby Justsit » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:01 pm

Kim OHara wrote:. Red Cross, too, especially for emergency response efforts.


They do some good work but the Red Cross, at least the American division, has had some troubling issues.

http://www.npr.org/series/377506201/special-report-on-the-american-red-cross

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Postby Alexander____ » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:19 pm

Wateraid and the world food programme help provide the essentials

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Re: Favored Charities

Postby samseva » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:39 am

I like Kiva a lot.
Away (until June or after).

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Postby padmini » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:01 pm

In Italy you can donate a small percentage of the tax you pay annually to a registered charity. I usually donate mine to UBI (http://www.buddhismo.it/), the Italian Buddhist Association.
They then distribute the money to local temples and lay Buddhist organisations.
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Re: Favored Charities

Postby R1111 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:59 pm

Here is an interesting podcast discussing related topic, really enjoyed the first half an hour of this talk about generosity and contentment.

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Re: Favored Charities

Postby polarbear101 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:23 am

The Life You Can Save - We recommend charities that assist the world's poorest people through evidence-backed interventions.

Give Directly - Send money directly to people living in extreme poverty. We aim to reshape international giving. We’re backed by GiveWell, Google.org, and – most importantly – rigorous evidence.

Give Well - GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities through in-depth analysis. Thousands of hours of research have gone into finding our top-rated charities. They’re evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, and underfunded.

National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative - Saving lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats in the wild

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative - The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region.

Natural Resources Defense Council -The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Effective Altruism- Animal Welfare Fund - This fund will support organizations that work on improving the wellbeing of nonhuman animals, especially farmed animals.

Great Thread! :thumbsup:


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