Happy Giving Tuesday! Once again in 2021, I’m offering to donate $100 to a charity of your choosing, marking the fourth consecutive year we’ve done this.
Please read the post below for the details we need and criteria for your selected charity before proceeding to the comments to make your request.
Thanks to the generosity of 9 volunteers who offered to donate to 10 requested charities apiece, we’ll be able to fulfill 190 requests. I’ll plan to donate to the first 100, and our volunteers will fulfill the next 90.
With about 50 charities already requested by companies we’ve worked with, the total impact of today’s efforts will be over $24,000. If you would be willing to fulfill 10 requests, please contact me or leave a comment indicating your willingness to do so, and I will get in touch with you privately.
If you were looking for this article first thing this morning, you didn’t find it because I deliberately delayed its publication to accommodate our friends out west to give all a fair shot.
Charities Chosen by Our Sponsors
Companies and Individuals whom I’ve worked with over the past year were given the opportunity to select a recipient of a $100 grant.
These are their choices:
Akron Childrens Hospital: Citizens Bank
American Cancer Society: Gene Zink of Northpointe Bank
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The Physician Philosopher
ASPCA: Dr. Disability Quotes
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana: Alpha Investing
Cameron Boyce Foundation: Kaplan Financial
Camp Sunshine: Washington Trust Mortgage
Childrens Cancer Association, Portland: The Finity Group
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Mortar
Colleen’s Dream Foundation: Contract Diagnostics
Doctors without Borders: Curizon
Ethiopian Spine and Heart Project: The White Coat Investor
Feeding America: Incrowd
Friends of the Green Crescent: Coach Carson
Gary Sinise Foundation: Brian Pratt of First United Bank
Give Well: Hippo Education
Greenville Humane Society: Valerie Leonard of First Citizens Bank
Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs: Marc Evans of BMO Harris Bank
International Medical Relief: CHG Healthcare
International Rescue Committee: SoFi
Kismet Pet Adoptions: FPL Capital
Leader Dogs for the Blind: Sandi Jameson-Frith of Huntington Bank
Leukemia& Lymphoma Society: PolicyGenius
Love Justice: Pattern
Meals from the Heartland: ISL Education Lending
Middletown Public Library: Physician Agreements Health Law
Nature Conservancy: RealtyMogul
New Ulm Jaycees: Frandsen Bank
Operation Underground Railroad: Semi-Retired MD
Oregon Food Bank: Crowdstreet
Panacea Foundation: Panacea Financial
Pencils of Promise: Commonbond
Posse Foundation: Origin Investments
Quincy Animal Hospital: NGG Tax Group
Red Cross: Cerebral Tax Advisors
Resolve National Infertility Association: Resolve
Rodale Institute: AcreTrader
Ronald McDonald House of the Intermountain Area: CMG Financial
Special Olympics: All Global Circle
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital: Wealthkeel
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital: Tony Cabrera of Level One Bank
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital: Crowdstreet
St. Louis Arc, Inc: ContractRx
Stages Bloomington: Hospital Recruiting
Temple University Hospital: Pearson Ravitz
The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Integrity Wealth
Salt Lake Education Foundation: Highland High: Cindy of WCI & PoF
Sandbox Group: LemonBrew Lending
U.S. Space and Rocket Center Education Foundation: Gretchen Green MD
United Way of NYC: Laurel Road
Unicef: Realty Mogul
Utah Sports Commission Foundation: Earnest
Values in Action Foundation: Splash Financial
Womens Foundation of Arkansas Aave10 Campaign: Aptus Financial
World Bicycle Relief: Bri of PoF
Wounded Warrior Project: PKA Insurance
Tell Me Where to Donate $100
There are a few simple criteria.
First, the recipient must be named in the comment section below on this website. Replies on Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else will not be counted.
Second, the charity must be a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. You can research them and find the exact name, Tax ID number, and address of such organizations on sites like Guidestar, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Consumer Reports. I’ll be making the grants from Fidelity Charitable, which also has resources for selecting charities.
Third, please avoid political and religious organizations and associated gray areas. You’re welcome to support whomever you like with your own dollars, but I like to avoid anything that could be considered controversial with these grants.
Finally, consider supporting the charity you choose in another way if you are not already doing so. I know many of you nominate charities that you’re personally involved with, whether you’re donating your time, serving on its Board, or donating far more money yourself. I thank you for your efforts!
The Information I’ll Need
Please comment with the exact name of the charity. If you can find a link on Guidestar or Charity Navigator, please include that, too. Usually, that’s more than enough info as long as you know for a fact that it is indeed a 501(c)(3).
If you’re unable to find the charity in a search engine, this is the form I’ll be filling out if the charity is not in Fidelity Charitable’s database. Please include the necessary info so that I can efficiently make the grant to your chosen charity.
Start Your Own Donor Advised Fund
One reason I’ve made a habit of making hundreds of $100 grants is to highlight just how easy it is to do so when you have a donor advised fund (DAF).
These grants will all be made anonymously. That means no follow-up requests, phone calls, or mailings.
I don’t need a single receipt for any of these donations. I get one receipt when I donate to the DAF, which I generally do once per year.
If I’ve given to the charity before, it takes less than 30 seconds to make a grant. If I haven’t, but the charity is found via Fidelity Charitable’s search function, it takes less than 60 seconds. If I have to manually enter the info, which is rare, it could take a couple of minutes at most. I’ll probably have my 150 grants made in a couple of hours.
The money in the DAF is invested in low-cost index funds, just as it would be if I had left it in my brokerage account. Of course, I always donate appreciated shares of mutual funds (ETFs and individual stock work well, too), eliminating any future potential capital gains taxes.
Up until now, I’ve preferred Fidelity Charitable, and that’s what I’ll be using this year to make these grants. However, I’ve recently opened a DAF with Charityvest, which will have significantly lower fees. The investment portion should be going live in December of 2021, and if you join the waitlist before then, you can have zero management fees in 2022.
For more information on donor advised funds, see the following posts I’ve written about them:
Nominate a Charity at WCI Tomorrow
For another chance to recommend a grant, head on over to The White Coat Investor , December 1, 2021, and find his latest post to make a request. The 50 most requested charities in the comments section that fit the criteria will each receive $1,000!
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Make your requests below!
Ideally, include a link to the organization’s profile at Guidestar, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Consumer Reports. If you can’t find a profile, please include the exact name, tax ID, address, and phone number. A link to the charity’s own website is often not as helpful as you might think.
December Update: All grant requests have been fulfilled! A big thank you to all who guided us in our giving efforts, which totaled nearly 250 grants of $100 apiece.
I’d like to recognize the following individuals and couples for donating at least $1,000 each by making 10 or more grants:
- Vagabond MD
- Jerome Enad, MD
- Physician in Numbers
- Old F.I.R.T – Financial Independence Retire Tardy
- Bob & Amy Haines
- Walz Helmick Charitable Fund
- Matt and Kimberly Schoeck