Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday afternoon generousity 

I periodically give money to Food for the Poor, an efficient charity that manages to get a very high percentage of its contributions and other revenues directly into its charitable operations, which deliver food and build housing for desperately poor people. The organization has posted a slideshow of starvation in Haiti and its efforts there, reminding us how lucky we are to have been born in or to have come to the United States.

If you donate a little money now, you'll be glad you did all weekend.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 05, 05:37:00 PM:

Any time you get called by a supposed charity, be sure to ask them what percentage of the money you donate actually goes to the charity.

85% or better is good. Say "No Thanks," for lower numbers.

By law the callers are required to know that number.


By Blogger TigerHawk, at Fri Jun 05, 05:49:00 PM:

I looked up Food for the Poor on Charity Navigator or some such sight a while back, and they scored over 90% on that metric (I think 93%).  

By Anonymous tyree, at Fri Jun 05, 06:32:00 PM:

Great. Money is tight for me right now so I need to get back into the habit of donating blood.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 05, 06:40:00 PM:

Sorry TH. My $$$ are now in Comrade Obama's hands. Try asking him for some.  

By Blogger Purple Avenger, at Fri Jun 05, 07:12:00 PM:

Haiti is high on our (my company) priority. I've been pondering a lot about how we can construct pre-fabbed containerized factories that can be dropped anywhere where their is a port.

The southern peninsula, particularly central and western areas on the Gonave side are looking particularly attractive.

I see Haiti as very centrally located for distribution to Africa, the US eastern seaboard, Europe and South America.

The people need work, are industrious, creative in their solutions to problems, etc.

Corruption is a persistent problem, and we accept that initially some sort of "bite" may need to be paid.  

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