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Happy Giving Tuesday!

A year ago, I penned a post entitled Help Me Give Away $10,000. To my surprise, that title apparently wasn’t grabbing enough. It got fewer views than most posts despite the fact that I was literally offering to donate $100 to a public charity of the reader’s choosing.

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I’m doing it again this year, and this is that post.

Just like last year, I want to remain impartial and apolitical, so please do not request donations to organizations that are primarily religious or political, and please avoid gray areas.

All requested recipients of the $100 donation must be a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. No Gofundme campaigns. No giving to individuals. These are the rules laid down by the IRS, not me.

I will be giving from our donor advised fund, a fund that you have helped contribute to as a fan or reader of this website. I’ll explain in more detail below.

 

A Gift on Giving Tuesday: $100 to 100 of Your Favorite Charities

 

Last year, I reached out to my advertisers and affiliate partners and asked for their recommendations, donating $100 to each of the 28 charities recommended. I opened up the remaining 72 $100 donations to readers in the comments section.

This year, I’m feeling a bit more generous. I will be donating $3,000 on the behalf of 30 of our advertising partners, but will also grant $100 to an additional 100 charities as requested by you, the readers.

I am hoping for a stronger response this year. In 2018, the apathy was palpable (or would it be non-palpable? Thready???). While my average email announcing a new post is clicked by 15% to 20% of recipients, only 4% who got the email last year actually read the article.

 

 

Giving Apathy

 

In other words, 96% of my subscribers didn’t seem to care about the fact that I was giving away a decent chunk of money, or how. Eight of them decided they never wanted to receive another email from me again. At least one of the metrics was above average!

I had expected to have the 72 donations spoken for in the first few hours. It took all day. We can do better that. I am opening it up to 100 charities this time around, and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t have that number by noon. This is my telethon of sorts and I want those pretend telephones ringing off the hook!

UPDATE: Over 100 Charities have been requested as of 10:15 Central Time. Thank you!

 

The Charities funded in 2018

 

Those of you who did make that call by leaving a comment and request made my day, however. We were able to support dozens of great charities and many of you shared why the recipient held a special place in your heart. Thank you.

The 2018 version of this experiment resulted in donations to the following charitable organizations:

 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INC
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
AMERICAN PRAIRIE FOUNDATION
ARIZONA PUG ADOPTION AND RESCUE NETWORK
BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS OF THE BLUEGRASS INC
BLINKNOW FOUNDATION A NJ NONPROFIT CORPORATION
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
CAMP FIRE
CARVER SCOTT COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY TREASURER
CATHEDRAL ARTS PROJECT INC
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY INC
CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA FOUNDATION
COLORECTAL CANCER COALITION INC
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
COMPRESS AND SHOCK FOUNDATION
CROSSROADS INC
CYSTIC DREAMS INC
CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH INC
DONOR NETWORK WEST
DYF
EASTVIEW COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
EL GRUPO NORTE YOUTH CYCLING
FAMILY GIVING TREE
FLYING FUR ANIMAL RESCUE
FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION INC
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
GIRLS ON THE RUN NJ EAST
GIVE MORE HUGS
GLOBAL EMERGENCY CARE INC
GODS STOREHOUSE SOUP KITCHEN
GREATER TWIN CITIES UNITED WAY
GUARDIAN PARTNERS
GUITARS FOR VETS
HEALING THE CHILDREN NORTHEAST INCORPORATED
HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS INC
HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE INC
IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS FOUNDATION
IOWA HEART FOUNDATION
JDRF INTERNATIONAL
JEREMIAHS PLACE – PITTSBURGH RELIEF NURSERY
JOURNEY HOUSE INC
JUNTOS SERVIMOS
KCNQ2 CURE ALLIANCE INC
KIDNEY CANCER RESEARCH ALLIANCE
MARC LUSTGARTEN PANCREATIC CANCER FOUNDATION
MEDASSIST OF MECKLENBURG
MEDICAL DEBT RESOLUTION INC
MICHIGAN MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION
MINNESOTA TEEN CHALLENGE INC
MOTHER HUBBARDS CUPBOARD INC
MOTHERS MILK BANK OF THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES INC
NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY INC
NATIONAL PANCREAS FOUNDATION
NATIONAL WOMENS LAW CENTER
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL INC
NATURE CONSERVANCY
NELSON MANDELA CHILDRENS FUND USA INC
NORTH VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
NORTHLAND MIRACLES
PARENT BOOSTER USA INC
PENCILS OF PROMISE INCORPORATED
PHAGES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
PKD FOUNDATION
PLATTSMOUTH EDUCATION FOUNDATION
PLUTUS FOUNDATION INC
PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
PROJECT ANGEL HUGS
PROJECT PINBALL CHARITY GROUP INC
PUPPIES BEHIND BARS INC
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL
REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH INTERNATIONAL INC
RISE ABOVE FOUNDATION
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF OREGON
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ROTARY DISTRICT 6000 HUMANITARIAN AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC
RUFF START RESCUE INC
SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA INC
SICKLE CELL DISEASE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC
SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS INC
SPINAL CSF LEAK FOUNDATION
ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC
ST JULIE BILLIART SCHOOL OF ST SEBASTIAN PARISH AKRON
SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
TEACH FOR AMERICA INC
THE CLEAR FUND / GIVEWELL
THE MALALA FUND
THE PREEMPTIVE LOVE COALITION
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
THE SALVATION ARMY
The SHARING Clinic
THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY A COLORADO NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
TRAVERSE AREA RECREATION & TRANSPORTATION TRAILS INC
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA INC
VANESSA BEHAN CRISIS NURSERY
VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER
WOMENS FOUNDATION OF ARKANSAS
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT INC
YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN DENVER

 

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How to Choose a Charity

 

Giving is personal. Some choose to give to organizations that are making a noticeable impact in their own communies. A charity that you’re already involved with is an obvious choice.

Others prefer organizations with a nationwide or international focus. The Red Cross, United Way, and Salvation Army are a few that immediately come to mind.

You may have a more global perspective. The goal of organizations like GiveWell is to direct the money where it will have the greatest impact on humankind. Think clean water, vaccination programs, and antibiotics for curable diseases.

Your charity of choice may be selected based more on the cause rather than the location or impact. A focus on education, animals, or the environment may appeal most to you.

With well over a million registered charities in the USA alone, you should have no trouble coming up with one request from the heart.

 

Charities Chosen by Our Partners

 

I am donating $3,000 to 30 worthy causes chosen by our advertising and affiliate partners. The following are the charities they have chosen to be the recipient of our goodwill. A number of them are repeats from last year, but we also are supporting about a dozen new charities.

 

Set For Life Insurance: $100 to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

Policy Genius: $100 to Puppies Behind Bars

CommonBond: $100 to Pencils of Promise

Contract Diagnostics: $100 to Northland Miracles

CMG Financial Consulting: $100 to Ronald McDonald House

Fulton Mortgage Company: $100 to Central Virginia Alzheimer’s Association

Integrity Wealth Solutions: $100 to The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Physician Family Financial Advisors: $100 to National Women’s Law Center

Dr. Disability Quotes: $100 to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital

Laurel Road: $100 to Scholarship America

Wellington Retirement Solutions: $100 to Special Olympics Texas

IQVIA: $100 to American Cancer Society

Wealthkeel Financial Advisors: $100 to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital

PKA Insurance: $100 to Homes for Our Troops

Aptus Financial: $100 to Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

Hospital Recruiting: $100 to Foundation for Youth of Bartholomew County

Education Loan Finance (ELFI): $100 to Teach for America

RFK Capital Management: $100 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area

Kaplan Financial: $100 to The Cameron Boyce Foundation

Roofstock: $100 to Rebuilding Together

ShearWater Capital: $100 to Autism Speaks

Doug Crouse of UMB: $100 to The National Humane Society

DiversyFund: $100 to Alpha Project for the Homeless

Splash Financial: $100 to  Values-in-Action Foundation

Pattern: $100 to World Medical Mission

SwitchPoint Financial: $100 to Children’s Miracle Network.

LocumStory: $100 to  Make A Wish

Paul Rainer of Synovus: $100 to Safehouse Ministries, Inc.

Origin Investments: $100 to Sarah’s Circle

SoFi: $100 to Donor Network West

 

Information I Will Need in the Comments Section

 

A great place to find an IRS-qualified public charity is Guidestar’s search engine. Ideally, a link in the comments to the Guidestar profile will give me all the information I need to instruct Fidelity Charitable (the DAF I will be using) to make the anonymous donation.

If you are unable to find the charity there, please share the following information with me (this form comes from Fidelity).

 

Fidelity DAF Giving

 

In the comments section, please enter as much information as possible to allow me to easily support the charity of your choice. The first 100 recommendations that fit the criteria above will receive $100 in the form of an anonymous grant from our donor advised fund.

If you don’t have all the information right now, please enter the name of the charity now to reserve a spot and come back before midnight Wednesday night and reply to your comment with the remaining details and preferably a Guidestar link if available.

If you would like the grant to be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” an individual, including yourself, please also mention that in the comments.

If you’re recommending a charity that you are not already supporting with your own funds, please consider making a matching or larger grant, now or in the future.

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Supporting Our Charitable Mission

 

How can you support the site’s charitable mission? I like to refer to it as our charitable mission because without readers, there’s no profit and no mission.

I’ve been very transparent in how this site makes money. Since I donate half of my profits, the best thing you can do is to help grow the site’s profit.

You can support our mutual charitable mission in the following ways:

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Funding Your Own Charitable Mission

 

You don’t have to have a profitable website to have a well-funded charitable mission. I started our first donor advised fund (DAF) several years before I started a blog, and one of the first blog posts I wrote was about the benefits of utilizing a DAF.

In summary, a DAF allows you to donate cash or appreciated assets like stocks and mutual funds to an account with a charitable organization like Fidelity Charitable and Vanguard Charitable.

One of the reasons I plan to make this post an annual event is to highlight just how easy it is to make donations from a DAF. They allow you to make the donations anonymous, which means I can support hundreds of charities and not receive any followup marketing mail, emails, or phone calls.

Once donated to the DAF, the money is no longer yours, but you have considerable control over the funds. You decide how to invest the money in the account, when to grant from the account, and of course the recipients of your grants.

 

 

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You receive a tax deduction when you donate to the DAF (assuming you’re itemizing deductions), and you don’t have to keep track of any receipts from the hundreds of grants you’re able to make from it. You only report the money that goes to the DAF (typically once per year or once every few years).

With the new higher standard deduction introduced in 2018, using a DAF to bunch itemized deductions into one year while granting from the DAF in non-itemizing years is a strategy of increased importance. The end result is not to save as much as you can on your income taxes but rather to get the most money to charity for every dollar you part with.

Based on feedback I’ve gotten from individuals who were inspired to start DAFs of their own after reading my writing (often starting with a six-figure sum), we’ve had a 7-figure impact on the world of charitable giving. To learn more about my favorite charitable giving vehicle, see the following articles of mine on the topic:

 

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remembering the man who dropped a $100 bill in that bucket

 

Help Me Help You Help the World

 

Which charity would you like me to support with a $100 donation? If there are fewer than 100 comments recommending charities, please enter the required info for your chosen charity. There are so many great causes that could use our help.

Again, a link to the search results in Guidestar would be helpful. If you cannot find your top choice that way and you’re certain it’s a bona fide public charity in the eyes of the IRS, enter as much as you can based on the image from Fidelity above. One recommendation per person, please.

If you only have time to name the charity now, please return by the stroke of midnight Wednesday, 12/3 to fill in all remaining details in a reply to your initial comment. No e-mailTwitter, or Facebook requests will be honored. I’ll only be looking in the comments section here on this article.

Update: We now have more than enough requests to make the 100 donations. I will leave comments open for those who need to return with more information on charities already requested.

 

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286 thoughts on “A Gift on Giving Tuesday: $100 to 100 of Your Favorite Charities”

  1. Subscribe to get more great content like this, an awesome spreadsheet, and more!
  2. One tail at a time is a charity I’ve volunteered for in the past and the only recurring donation set up out of my DAF. They are one of Chicago’s largest and best run animal rescue organizations, helping adopt about 1,000 dogs and cats each year out of kill shelters. They are heavily involved in the local community, as well as taking in dogs from around the country after natural disasters like hurricane Harvey.

    I fostered 6 dogs for them during college, and watching those pups get adopted was one of the happiest days of my life. If this impassioned plea isn’t enough- I can spam you with adorable dog photos until the end of time to prove how worthy they are!!

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/26-2125306

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  3. How about the Friends of Paraguay? https://www.guidestar.org/profile/54-1496465

    I was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay 25 years ago and know very well how far a simple $100 donation can go. Generous American students provided funds for the construction of a classroom in my village that allowed teenagers to attend high school.

    Jajotopata ha rohayhu Paraguay.

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  5. Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council serves the Appalachian region and could really use the donation. I’ve been a volunteer there for several years and some of our girls can’t even afford the $8 sash.
    Thanks!
    Deb

    Principal Officer
    ELIZABETH CASEY
    Main Address
    321 VIRGINIA ST W
    CHARLESTON, WV 25302

    EIN
    55-0420373

    Reply
  6. Hillside Healthcare International

    Health care organization and clinic for the past 19 years in Belize working alongside the Ministry of Heath to provide free healthcare, medications, physical therapy services and health education to approximately 10,000 people a year . Great, sustainable set up with long term and short term volunteers (MD/DO/NP, DPT, PharmD, MPH) and students participating in 1 month long global health rotations.

    Reply
  7. First time commenter here, love your blog. We have been giving to HOPE International for 21 years (since I was 16).

    https://www.hopeinternational.org/what-we-do

    HOPE works to alleviate global poverty through microenterprise development and savings groups, and business training and resources. Offering a hand up, not a hand out. We believe that people in developing countries have skills, abilities, and dreams, and want to provide for their families, but don’t always have the capital to do so.

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  8. Strong museum of play.

    This is a fantastic children’s museum in Rochester NY. They offer free and discounted rate for people in need.
    My kids loved it. It really is a great place for kids of any age. Actually I know I would have a good time there as an adult.
    We donate yearly and buy the fancy membership that helps find the charity side.

    If your slow traveling gets you to upstate NY you and your kids could easily spend a whole day in this place and not see half of it.

    Thank you!

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/16-0954168

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  9. Great idea-thanks for taking the time to do this!!!

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/48-1108359

    Heart to Heart International strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. We engage volunteers, collaborate with partners and deploy resources to achieve this mission.

    Reply
  10. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-2835262

    PARCA is Pennsylvania Rhino Conservation Advocates, an organization founded to support efforts to protect the rhino from extinction. Funds not only support the care of the animals but for the ecosystem and economy in areas where tourism is essential to the lives of people and families in that area.

    Thank you!

    Reply
  11. Since Bill beat me to RIP Medical debt, let’s roll with Medicare Rights Center, INC.

    I have worked with Medicare for over 10 years and it is a pretty complex system. I often see patients struggle understanding its nuances. Let’s help people understand their benefits and keep their Max out-of-pocket costs down.

    “The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.”

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/13-3505372

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  12. The Helping Center. This organization provides food and emergency funding for those in need. They are currently in a capital campaign that will provide a building for those needing food to experience a “super-market” experience where they will be able to pick what foods they desire rather than just receiving a bag of food. The new facility will also have classrooms to teach financial literacy and other appropriate topics.

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/74-2476594

    Reply
    • Sounds like a great organization. “We provide essential relief—food, water, shelter, and medical care—for families on the front lines of conflict and empower refugees and IDPs in Iraq and Syria, survivors of war, violence, and disaster, through business grants so they can rebuild their lives.” Thank you for highlighting them!

      Reply
  13. The Livestock Conservancy : )

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/03-0270281

    “The Livestock Conservancy was founded in 1977 to conserve rare breeds of cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Today’s rare breeds are quite different from the “factory farm” stocks, which are very productive but require intensive husbandry. The rare breeds retain survival qualities such as disease resistance, foraging efficiency, maternal abilities, and longevity, which make them a perfect fit for organic, grass-based, and humane sustainable agriculture. As well as being useful to farmers today, rare breeds represent the genetic diversity essential for domestic animals to adapt to changing environmental conditions in the future.”

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  14. This a great thing you’re doing, and I hope the rest of your readers recognize you for your generosity as much as I do!

    I had reached out to you earlier this year about our project to build a memorial playground for our son, Aaron, who passed away last year. We’ve now raised over $90,000 towards our goal of $100,000, getting closer to reaching this milestone each day. We would be very appreciative if you could donate towards it through the following organization:

    Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
    Aaron’s Playground Fund (important to specify this)
    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/47-3487091
    https://gwblcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?setc=1&funit_id=1036

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  15. PTA Texas Congress
    7716 – Northrich Elementary PTA

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/75-6062890

    When I used Fidelity Chartiable to grant to this organization, they made the check out to PTA Texas Congress. The Treasurer was not able to add the check to the PTA account. I had to call in and ask a rep at Fidelity Charitable to make the check out to “7716 – Northrich Elementary” in order for the PTA Treasurer to be able to add it to the PTA account.

    Please add the charity details to your Fidelity Charitable DAF account and call Fidelity Charitable in order to specify the check be made out to “7716 – Northrich Elementary”.

    Would you make this donation in honor of Kris, our current PTA President?

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    • I added the instructions, but was not also able to make the donation “in honor of.” It’s one or the other, it seems. Hopefully it works out — the PTA may want to change something on their end to make accepting donations easier. $100 should be on its way!

      Reply
  16. Thank you for doing this!!

    Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM).
    Bridge No.: 7896168564

    3502 Parmenter Street
    Middleton, WI 53562

    http://www.momhelps.org

    They are a local food bank focusing on preventing homelessness and ending hunger. The name is a little misleading as they have no direct religious affiliation. In 1980 they were founded by a group of local churches. However they transitioned to a business-based organization both at the Board and leadership levels in 2007.

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  17. In pediatric oncology, we still treat the vast majority of our patients with drugs approved decades ago for adult indications. Less than 4% of federal funding for cancer research goes to study pediatric cancer.

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand funds pediatric cancer research and supports families of children with cancer. 88% of funds raised go to program expenses.

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/56-2496146

    Thanks for considering donating!

    Reply
  18. Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation
    Phone: (530) 582-6277
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2508, Truckee, CA 96160
    Physical Address: 11075 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

    Contact:
    Karli Epstein
    [email protected]
    (530) 582-6277

    Heath

    This foundation ensure that people in our rural community still have the highest quality equipment/technology needed for high quality care in a rural setting.

    Reply
  19. PBC is a rare and currently incurable form of autoimmune liver disease. It is generally diagnosed in older women. I was neither old nor a woman when I found out I had it back in 2009. As you might imagine, I tend to donate to the organization associated with this disease now.

    Primary Biliary Cholangitis Organization, aka PBCers:

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/76-0622718

    Thanks,
    Adam

    Reply
  20. You say no political grey areas yet have Salvation Army in your examples? They’re religious and political! And in bad ways too. Why them and not planned parenthood or ACLU? What defines political?

    Reply
    • So… another $100 to the Salvation Army? ?

      Yes, they have a religious affiliation but they assist tens of millions of Americans every year without discrimination, at least that’s the claim. I’ve seen the impact locally everywhere I’ve lived.

      You, as individuals, are welcome to support your local church, synagogue, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and whomever you like.

      I might, too. But not publicly from this site.

      Cheers!
      -PoF

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      • I was surprised to see the Salvation Army listed as well, as they are the definition of a gray area. But at the end of the day, it’s your money and your call.

        Thank you for continuing your charitable mission!

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  21. Please note these have very high % of funds that actually go to research. Also guidestar says they match all gifts today on giving Tuesday.

    I know you said to limit charity nominations to one per person. But i have two. Each is in honor of a separate family.

    Breast Cancer Research Foundation
    28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036
    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/13-3727250

    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814
    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/13-6161105

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  22. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
    https://foodbankcenc.org/
    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/56-1283426

    If you give today (Tuesday), all donations are tripled, which means you’ll be helping 3 times the number of people!

    We volunteer there in the warehouse every week, and go out every month to distribute boxes to seniors (which is both heartwarming and saddening at the same time). I feel strongly that in this great country of abundance, nobody should go hungry.

    Reply
    • One of the downsides of a DAF is that few organizations have a way to contribute directly from a DAF for a same day donation. The grant is first approved and then either a check is sent in the mail (most commonly) or an electronic funds transfer takes place (usually for big charities).

      But $100 will be on its way shortly!

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  23. I wondered if you were going to do this again!! I loved the idea last year and think it’s a fun way to get some reader participation, not to mention that it’s incredibly generous. I am going to nominate the same charity I did last year – Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton, MN. I’m about to do my own donation to them, so this is a great reminder. I’m sure you have their information already, but here it is anyway: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/27-2545988

    Thanks so much!!!

    Reply
  24. Thanks for doing this! We would love it if you were able to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). EIN: 13-5644916. Our son and two of his classmates are attempting to raise $100k in memory of a good friend (JC Delamore), who passed away from leukemia last year at the age of 13. If you can wait until January 16th, their campaign officially starts (Team #JCStrong). If it is too much of a hassle to wait, any donation to the LLS is greatly appreciated to help prevent others from going through what their friend, JC, had to endure during his 11-year battle. Thanks again!!

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    • I’m sorry to hear about your son’s friend, and it’s touching that they’re honoring him in this way. I’m happy to help, and the beauty of a DAF is it allows you to enter the information and schedule the donation.

      p.s. Are you the hockey-playing Scott Sanderson from my med school class?

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      • Thanks again for doing this! I am not the Scott Sanderson from med school, but he sounds like a great guy (at least his parents have great taste in picking names!). I have been a silent observer of this site for a couple years, as our situations are very similar (although income came from different fields). I appreciate all you do here…it’s really been helpful for me. I will send you a separate e-mail with a better introduction and to share more about our situation. Thanks again!!

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      • Thank you! In terms of value per dollar, this place gives excellent returns. #liveschanged Most of the funding is from the state, but the poorest students get extra help from the foundation for things like student activity fees, doctor visits, bus fare, etc. Private funding also paid for a detailed proposal for a new residence hall, which was then approved and fully funded by the state. It was a huge win for the students there, thanks to donors like us.

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  25. A local plastic surgeon who’s done a lot of medical volunteer work in developing countries told me that in her experience the easiest burns to treat are the ones that never happen. In many developing countries meals are cooked over open fires; it’s not rare for family members (particularly children) to either fall into the fire or brush against it and set their clothing ablaze, resulting in horrific burns. Plus, the fires aren’t vented to the outdoors, so everyone in the family is breathing in smoke for much of the day, leading to respiratory issues (even lung cancer).

    My friend has developed a stove that solves this problem. It can burn anything the locals already use for fuel (wood, charcoal, dung, etc), and its small fuel opening and insulating double-wall construction insures that the outer walls stay cool and that no one who falls against or brushes up against the stove will be burned. The top can be adapted to fit whatever local pot or pan the women are already using to cook with; since they don’t have to change anything, acceptance and use of the stove is high. And it has a chimney which vents outdoors, so no one has to breathe the smoke. It can even have a water container fitted around the chimney so the hot gases will heat water for the family.

    I am asking you to support her effort to end cooking-fire burns by supporting Salama Stoves.

    I am pretty sure Salama Stoves is too small to have a Guidestar rating, but here is their webpage so you can check them out: https://salamastoves.com/

    And here’s the information you’ll need to make the donation:

    Salama Stoves Inc
    1309 South 190 the Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68130
    (402) 680-1197
    Tax ID #47-4895222

    Thank you for doing this drive again!

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  26. Escuela Integrada, a school for poor indigenous children in Antigua Guatemala. It is run by a US charity.
    wearegraces.org

    We sponsor two kids there and we have been going down there every year for the past four years for mission trips. This year all the kids in the top grade graduated with grades 70% or above.

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    • This sounds like a wonderful charity, but I cannot locate the necessary information to make the donation on either Fidelity Charitable or Guidestar’s website. If you can re-read the instructions and provide the requested info, I can try again.

      Best,
      -PoF

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      • Sorry, the official charity name is:

        Guatemalan Relief Assistance for Children’s Education Services

        Thanks again! $100 covers food and education for one child for a whole month!

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        • Thank you! If I have all the info, it still takes 3 to 5 minutes per charity to make the donation and take a snapshot, save it, upload it, and place in the comments. If I have to start digging, giving to 130 charities becomes an impossible task for one man.

          I am pleased to say we are supporting a Guatemalan child for a full month!

      • Thank you sir! We very much appreciate it. Apple Valley is “the other” school in town, ha. Yes, they had quite the dynasty for a time there, I believe they have cooled a bit now but still a great program.

        Very cool program you have here, I love it. Thanks again!

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  27. Collegiate Acadamies Baton Rouge – charter high school serving the underserved in Baton Rouge LA – helping each child reach their full potential
    To learn more about supporting Collegiate Academies, contact Julia Mitchell at [email protected]

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  28. Hey PoF!

    If it’s not too late, I would like to suggest the Texas Education Broadcasting Co-Operative Inc aka KOOP Radio 91.7FM in Austin, TX.

    From Guidestar (https://www.guidestar.org/profile/74-2392805):

    The mission of Texas Education broadcasting, AKA KOOP Community Radio is to provide high quality, innovative, and diverse community oriented programming to Austin with an emphasis on those communities that are ignored or enderserved by mainstream media; including serving and promoting specific communities of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chicana/os, elders, gays, lesbians, homeless, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, Latinos/as, peoples with disabilities, women, working and poor people, youth, and other underserved communities. KOOP Community Radio supports the struggle for social justice and peace. KOOP Community Radio will operate with a high level of participation and accountability to the communities being served.

    More information on KOOP can be found at https://www.koop.org/about-us

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  29. My suggestion is Caring House, a non-medical home focused on end-of-life care in the LA Area.

    https://yourcaringhouse.org

    When there’s little left for those of us in medicine to do, they provide dignity, support, care and supervision while helping families focus on saying farewell. For those without families, they become one.

    I’ll gladly match your contribution.

    Thanks for leading by example, PoF.

    CD

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  30. I just returned from Nepal and while there read a book called “Second Suns” about the founders of the Himalayan Cataract Project which was founded in Nepal but has since expanded to train surgeons and open surgical centers in some of the poorest countries in the world returning eyesight to nearly a million people! A $100 donation covers sight-restoring surgery for 4 worthy individuals!

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/03-0362926

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  31. I think I am the 95th and get in. East Lake Pet Orphange is what I choose. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/75-2905418

    This is a no kill shelter that has cats, dogs, bunnies, etc. Basically if it shows up, there is a home for life or until adoption. My family adopted three kittens from here over two years ago, and we will adopt from here in the future.

    Thanks for doing this for your readers communities.

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  32. Thanks so much for your generosity.

    I would like to recommend Cappella Cantorum, a non-auditioned community singing group in CT. Formed in 1970, the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. Members range in age from 45 to above 90, and for many of the seniors this is their primary social connection to the community. You can find more information at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/23-7226003. Thank you!

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      • Thank you so much for this. I’ve been volunteering my time and financial support to this group for the past several years. It’s wonderful to see great choral music bring people together, no matter their age, background, health, or political views. Your donation will help to keep the music coming!

        Best wishes to you and your family

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  33. How are you giving $100 donations through your DAF? My DAF is Vanguard Charitable, and the minimum allowable donation is $500.

    Also, as an anesthesiologist, you might consider donating to either MHAUS or the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

    Either way, thanks for all that you do; you are an inspiration to us all!

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    • Yeah, I had the same reaction you did when I realized my 2nd DAF, Vanguard Charitable, had that $500 minimum. I then opened DAF #3 with Fidelity Charitable, which has a $50 minimum grant.

      Happy Giving!
      -PoF

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  34. Thank you for your generosity. I strongly support the Oregon FFA Foundation. It helps to provide funding for agricultural education in Oregon, and more broadly than that, it provides extremely valuable student leadership opportunities for students. I’ll also be contributing this holiday season. If selected, I’d request that the donation be made in honor of Christina Lorenz. Thank you for considering.

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-2430301

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  35. I have been a longtime supporter of Save the Manatee Club. Their Guidestar link is https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-3131709. This organization helps protect the docile sea cows from encroaching commercialization of their habitat as well as sick manatee rescue efforts, manatee awareness and aquatic ecosystem protection. Jimmy Buffett is the club’s co-founder. The organization is very active in Florida, but it is also involved in other Gulf Coast states, Central and South America and West Africa.

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  36. Regard4Life Animal Rescue

    Longview, Texas

    Regard4Life Animal Rescue is an IRS recognized 501c3 Tax Exempt Organization. We are a group of fosters commited to the rescue of dogs and cats in East Texas.

    Our mission is to save as many animals as we possibly can from being euthanized in local kill shelters. It is also to educate the public on ways they can help fight the animal overpopulation crisis in our area.

    https://regard4life.org/about_us_d.html

    Thank you for your generosity!

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  37. Love that you do this! As a west coast person I’m too late to get on the list, but wanted to highlight the way I think about giving – I try to balance local giving with highest impact (which is often international), and both human and environmental impact.

    One of my favorite local / environmental charities is the bainbridge island land trust, which preserves land in my local community for all (people and animals) to enjoy for generations to come.

    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/91-1439338

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  38. Thank you. I am thrilled to see the non-profit I suggested on the list oF last year’s recipients — Iowa City Public Library Foundation — although it looks like I might be too late to make the cut this year.

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      • Thank you for continuing to support charities suggested by your readers.
        While the brick and mortar library has been shut down due to the pandemic, I continue to get books through their virtual branch, they have been broadcasting story hour for kids, as well as expanding other services to help the community during this difficult time. Read on!

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  39. How about Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary?
    https://www.whisperingwillowsseniordogsanctuary.com/

    From their web site:

    Many people are afraid to face death and fail to plan for their pets future. Death, or sudden tragedy, can be a frightening reality and this is one of the reasons Whispering Willows exists. WWSDS is a 501c3 non profit and licensed in the state of Missouri. Most shelters do not have the provisions to care for seniors. We assist the community locally and nationwide by filling this gap.

    WWSDS is a lifetime sanctuary providing shelter, medical care, and most of all love until the senior dog passes. The rescue specializes in end of life hospice care for seniors that have a short time to live, allowing some to experience love for the very first time.

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  40. In your next charitable giving post, it would be helpful if you could mention network for good as a way for people to give to charity, for people who do not have the money for a DAF but don’t give to charity because of the deluge of fundraising pleas afterward.
    Network for good has a DAF and when you donate to them and specify the charity, they use their DAF to send a check to the charity (minus their small administrative fee to cover their costs). You can check the box for your donation to be made anonymously to the charity – the charity doesn’t get your personal information so it can’t send you fundraising pleas. I have used them for donations and I don’t get fundraising pleas afterward- it is awesome!!

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    • Oh, that’s clever. Anonymous for the giver, and presumably advantageous for the Network for Good, as well. If someone gives me $100 to donate, and I donate it, it only costs me about $60 or so. I’m surprised they would charge any fee at all. I’ll have to look into this more.

      Cheers!
      -PoF

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