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To what/whom do you give?

January 14th, 2008 at 05:03 am

Recent entries and mention of giving and setting up budgets for giving have me wondering to whom others give.

We don't have a church home and I don't give to churches or TV evangelists. I do give to a local mission, a food pantry, and a couple of organizations in Israel. I also have this thing I do which involves giving directly to particular families I come across during the year.

So, out of curiosity, do you give and if so, to whom? You needn't name names - I'm just curious about giving in general.

9 Responses to “To what/whom do you give?”

  1. Elly Says:

    I tithe to my church.

  2. nance Says:

    Salvation Army. The have the absolute lowest administrative costs and almost all of the money goes to where it is needed. I also give to the Humane Society, and sometimes, St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Used to give to Paralyzed Veterans, but learned that most of the money does not go to the vets. Also give to Alzheimer's, because my mom has it.

  3. Campfrugal Says:

    We give in a lot of different areas. Horse's Haven where they take in abused animals, The Mike Quinn Golf Outing (this helps a local area cancer-stricken child), the Humane Society, Paws for a Cause, Kid's Wish Network, Children's Hospital of Michigan, St. Judes, NYSUM, a local food bank and we tithe to our church.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Goodwill, Red Cross, Hirsche Smile Foundation, local animal shelters, local wildlife rehabbing organization, local crisis nursery (safehouse for women and children). These are who we give to regularly. Goodwill is where we donate all our noncash items.

    I used to give a lot of time to the wildlife rehabbing place. Loved it, but too many concerns with the diseases and having kids now. I quit when I first became pregnant long ago. My dh volunteers many hours for the public TV station. These are our passions and we much prefer to give time. I will probably volunteer in an administrative capacity for wildlife or SPCA, or thinking something like the library down the road. I could probably find time now, but would prefer to do something non-kid and non-officey. I like to volunteer something completely different than what I do every day anyway. So I have been kind of stuck what to do. I figure when the kids are a little older I can get back to more "me" time and stuff like that. We aren't huge cash givers. I think it is much more rewarding to dig in and help these organizations. (& more helpful in many regards). It's kind of been a bummer to put that on the back burner for a while, but I really look forward to volunteering WITH the kids when they are older.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Since I have retired I have cut down giving, but on my taxes this year I will be claiming gifts to the American Cancer Society, my undergraduate college, and the university where I worked for more than 20 years. In the past I have given to The Humane Society and SPCA, the Red Cross, World Vision, Special Olympics, and MADD. I also give a lot of stuff -- good stuff -- to Goodwill. I don't burden them with my trash!

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Salvation Army, Safe house for women, food pantry,Habitat for Humanity and several local women. Oh, and of course, the local animal shelter!

  7. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Wow, y'all are generous givers and that's a good thing. It's nice to see so much generosity and good spirit!

  8. jodi_m Says:

    National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, United Way (is my liberal slant showing? Smile) - among small amounts to various causes that come up during the year, such as a breast cancer or Alzheimers walk that friends and family participate in each year.

  9. koppur Says:

    My big one is the National MS Society, but I also do a lot for the American Cancer Society. Little bits here and there to local food pantries and most anything local involving literacy. And all my itmes go to Savers (their profits benefits the Little Sisters org.)

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