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Old January 13th, 2014 (12:01 PM).
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Hopefully this doesn't dredge up any bad feelings or memories or anything of that sort. But say you find yourself with a considerable sum of money (or you're just a charitable person regardless, whatever the situation may be). What charity(s) would you support with a donation?
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Old January 13th, 2014 (7:37 PM).
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I'd rather much keep my money and offer free meals/a place to live to homeless people I encounter than donate to a charity group. At least, I'd know my money served the initial purpose of helping since sometimes, the people in the charity groups take most of the money and leave an insignificant amount for those who really need it.
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Old January 13th, 2014 (7:54 PM).
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Most charities are scams or cost ineffective, sometimes I give $5-$10 dollars to door knockers with a worthy cause and feel good for doing it but I couldn't imagine giving all that money away. Charity would work infinitely better if everyone occasionally gave such small amounts, rather than throwing all the money at them yourself.

If I was going to use it to support the disadvantaged with a large sum I would supervise the employment of the money myself rather than give it to some multinational organisation. So much ends up in the hands of a charities employees or a corrupt governments coffers rather than reaching the intended recipients.

I'd rather support charities that operate within the U.N to help provide medical aid, education, food and housing to those in 3rd world countries, or even those in well off countries that are living below the poverty line. People who desperately need help and if charities and local governments weren't so corrupt would actually get the same chance as everyone else.

This may be controversial but I'd never give monetary donations to fund obscure causes like curing cancer, or MS, or whatever it is. Might as well put that money to good use to those that need it NOW rather than funding some uncertain research. It's cold but human beings can't live forever, if you contract cancer or some other terminal disease that's just bad luck, none of us are immortal so I'd rather help those who can be helped practically, i.e. through malaria vaccinations, building schools, supplying fresh water, stuff that ends suffering from things that are completely preventable as of now.

Somebody on this forum used to have a sig saying Meds Sans Frontiers & Doctors Without Borders were reliable charities, so if I had to go with a well established source I'd just go with that.
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Old January 13th, 2014 (8:01 PM).
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I'd probably spend it on things that I know are legit like Red Cross and the Humane Society. Sometimes the ones that you see being advertised by weird black women on the side of the street aren't necessarily 100% legit. I'd rather my money go into a large corporation then have the possibility of having some scam artist take my money.

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Old January 13th, 2014 (8:30 PM). Edited January 14th, 2014 by LokiOfSassgard.
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I would give the money to organizations that support autism awareness. No, not the ones that want to CURE autism, but the ones that are all about showing people that autism isn't a bad thing.

Oh, and depending on how much I was given... I'd also like to support Breast cancer. The reason is because my godmother died of this. She was like a third grandmother to me, and by the time they discovered it, it was too late. She got really sick and passed away.
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Old January 13th, 2014 (8:44 PM).
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River, I'm unsure what your standing on Euthanasia is, but the Humane Society has had a number of issues with mass numbers of animals being put down.

As for myself, I'm rather leery of any big name charities anymore. Particularly after finding out how much money is wasted on lawsuits by Susan G. Komen yearly.

Personally, I'd use it to benefit the needy in a productive way.
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Old January 13th, 2014 (11:02 PM).
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You all bring up a good point. I didn't think of the "legitimacy" (for lack of a better word) of certain charities at this day and age. I guess inadvertently the thread title is more accurate of the question I'm trying to ask.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (1:21 AM).
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I hear St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is actually a pretty trusting and reliable charity since they actually use most of their donations to help research in diseases and to help support the hospital. So I'd mostly likely donate to them since I trust my money will be actually used for something good. I'd also probably donate to PC and bump myself up to tier 3 or 4.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (2:09 AM).
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I'd donate some to PC so we could buy new servers (even though PC isn't a charity), and probably donate some money to an animal charity helping abused/injured animals as well as some to kids who've developed malicious diseases such as cancer. I wouldn't donate any to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne mainly because Australia donates so much money every year to the hospital. I also wouldn't mind funding certain aspects of research such as developments in medicinal science etc.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (2:38 AM).
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I would donate to Capability Scotland which helps children and adults with special needs (severe or not both get help) with school, employment and care services although Scotland.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (3:17 AM).
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Of course I would help support PC in any way I could if I had a good amount of money. But I would also support my local humane society and any food banks as well.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (8:54 AM).
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My family runs their own charity, so I'd put the money towards that. It's actually genuine and more reliable than those big corporate fatcats running so-called "charities" that are actually scams.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (9:32 AM).
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I'd buy dictionaries and smack some people in the face with them. Education is important.
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Old January 14th, 2014 (9:51 AM).
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I'd donate to people directly. It's difficult to trust your money in the hands of a charity, especially those larger organisations who you're pretty sure skim off a bit more than they ought to.

Remember that Kony 2012 fiasco with Invisible Children? I'm glad they were scrutinised, but think of the charities that don't.
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Old January 21st, 2014 (9:22 PM).
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Well my school is doing a drive for "Pasta for Pennies" right now. I would probbaly donate a considerable sum to that cause because I don't need much money.
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