||[Mar. 2nd, 2010|02:57 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I do a lot of good work for charity, but I Don't Like To Talk About It. Well, that's not strictly true, I actually donate various monthly sums of money to a few charities, and I appear to be quite happy to talk about it, as I am doing here. I'm doing that because I was doing bits of financial planning, and I noticed that donating an extra £7.50 a month would make the monthly total up to a nice round number. I currently donate various amounts to:|
Cats Protection League.
I'm not sure whether or not those last two are effectively cancelling each other out. Anyway, I want suggestions for what else I should donate to, so if you've got anything to plug, plug away in the comments. I've enabled anonymous ones in case
you're a Japanese girl whose American fiance has gone strangely reticent towards you you too, Don't Like To Talk About It.
In other news:
1. I just had an item delivered to my place of work by Parcelforce, and within 10 minutes the signature for it was available on the tracking section of their website. That's kind of cool, and futuresque.
2. Even if you're not interested in his work, you should be on Daniel Kitson's mailing list. Even when it's jsut talking about Australian tour dates, it's a very pleasing thing.
3. Doesn't Mark Thompson look like martylog?
Only grumpier, and with wonky eyes.
I donate £8.50 a month to the RSPCA. It used to be £6.50, but a chap phoned me up recently to ask if I could up it, and he was extremely charming and pleasant.
Later that day the RSPCA phoned me back and suspiciously asked if the man I'd talked to had been polite, and I suspect that he'd had such a successful hit rate with his phone calls that his employers wondered if he'd actually been threatening people.
I give money to Shelter, that seems like a good thing. I used to sponsor a child in Russia who would sometimes paint me a picture, but then he grew up and they gave me another child about whom I know next to nothing! Hmm.
If I had a job I'd be donating to things regularly. At the moment I tend to be fleeting with charity - I never give in the street, I will usually give to the DEC appeals because their videos make me cry, sometimes I give money to animal shelters. Most recently, my brother's doing a sponsored thing: http://www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Lee
That's a great list of charities! I complain about almost everyone's, but I like yours. I think you should just give extra to Oxfam, but if you're set on finding another charity, Unicef is pretty fabulous, and I also like Sightsavers International.
Things like Kiva
, where you loan money to entrepreneurs (and then get it back and loan it to another entrepreneur) are a very interesting idea, but I've seen arguments on both sides whether or not they're better than more traditional NGOs like Oxfam.
www.givewell.net is a good website if you want to find out which charities give you most bang for your buck, but (a) they're American-based and (b) lots of people hate them because when they first started up they self-promoted in some objectionable ways (pretending to be third parties recommending their site).
I'm almost but not 100% convinced that supporting one of their top international charities
is the best way of spending your charity budget even if you're based in the UK (and therefore take Gift Aid into account).
Oh, thanks for the Kiva link - I have seen it before and meant to investigate but I forgot.
do more direct work with the homelesses than shelter (not to do down shelter, but they are effectively just a lobbying and information org these days), plus that big ad on the back of the grauniad for SIX MONTHS finally got to me...
Yeah, I'd kept meaning to answer one of their adverts in the graun actually.
Do they send you a photo of yr sponsored homeless?
Also, I can't stop myself thinking that they must actually be housing the people in the big building at TCR station.
I read something that said the best way is to choose one charity and give all your charity money to it specifically, otherwise you do no good at all. I can't remember the whole argument but it made sense at the time.
It's certainly better when talking about small amounts (under £10 per charity) as the cost of signing someone up and then the associated admin are quite high even when a chugger isn't involved. One person I know who works for Oxfam gets a bit narked when chuggers push the "Only £2 a month!" angle as anyone who only gives that much effectively costs them money.
2010-03-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
Shelter and RSPCA are my two, so since you seem to have animals covered (and since I know some people have objections to the RSPCA), I'd suggest Shelter; although I'm also now intrigued by Steve's suggestion that centrepoint are a better option for those who want to help with homelessness action, so I may look into those myself...
i used to work on a project which worked with recently ex-homeless learners and the people i met through that were all a bit sniffy about shelter because they had this big profile and, whilst lobbying and information *is* important i do get the feeling that the smaller homeless charities who are actually directly helping people day to day don't get the support they might.crisis
, centrepoint, st mungos
, New Hope
[full disclosure: my best mate works for New Hope] all, i'd argue, do what i think most people *think* shelter does but kind of doesn't...
MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (I c&p to spell it right, hence the caps).
Seconded! I gave a lot to MSF for the Haiti appeal. They have a thing called P/HOP - Pennies per Hour of Pleasure. They have "free" knitting patterns, and you donate what you feel is appropriate for how much fun you'll have, which I think is an ace idea. One of my favourite designers donated all her profits to MSF during january, and was able to donate £15,000 which is kind of awesome.
Other than that I regularly give to Diabetes UK, for obvious reasons. I do wish they'd fund more research into Type 1, but still, they do a good job overall, especially for people newly diagnosed.
I give a bit to Oxfam and Red Cross every month, but I can't afford that much. If I had more money I'd look into a charity like Age Concern/Help the Aged as well.
I did forget to add that I volunteer for a charity - but only because it's something to do, not because I want to do it. By which I mean I'd do more of it if it was a charity I had some care for - which sounds awful, but if it's not interesting to me it's hard to enjoy the work.
Wood Green Animal Shelter. It's local and they (like everyone, I suppose) need all the help they can get.
Or give more money to albatrosses.
The charity I've been most touched by is the hospice in which my Dad died. I have a monthly direct debit to them. I never knew what amazing work they did until that point.