Payroll Donations at Work

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  1. Pellrider
    October 17, 2017

    I am not giving any monthly donations to one specific charity. I just give one lumpsum to disaster relief efforts, mainly in Canada.

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  2. Chris Brugman
    October 16, 2017

    This website is all about bang for your buck charities so you might find it interesting.
    https://www.givewell.org/

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    • RICARDO
      October 16, 2017

      @Chris;
      Interesting site but I do wonder why their listing is 1) so short and 2) no domestic charities are listed. Are none worthy of our spare dollars?
      I wonder at how mankind can “cure” all the various illnesses as billions or even trillions are spent on eliminating people (war) rather than eliminating sickness.
      Still, I prefer to keep my dollars close to home where hopefully I can see some of the impact. The War Amps is another favorite of mine. They help not only those wounded by various conflicts but their main focus are children who have sustained domestic injuries. Another to look at is the Shriners Hospitals. And do not hesitate to look at the listing for a local hospital. The Canadian government lists all registered charities and administration costs.

      RICARDO

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  3. aB
    October 16, 2017

    The problem I have with charities is the amount of mail I get back.
    I am left wondering how much of my donation was used to send me letters asking for more.

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    • bigcajunman
      October 16, 2017

      I concur that the machine of some of the larger charities does seem to grind towards give us more but I also know from working around some charities this is an essential part of their survival as well. It is very hard to find that line between, asking for help and annoying the customer.

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  4. RICARDO
    October 16, 2017

    The internet is awash with charity administration information. I have included two reference sites below.
    I agree with you that I like to see my charitable donations being used to help those that I wish to contribute to. Among others, I used to give to MS but stopped due to the high administration costs and also because they seem to be never ending in their requests for a donation. I now have enough address labels for a lifetime, if I do not move. However, if I had MS maybe I would overlook that and contribute anyways. Different circumstances will obviously influence our outlook. I have refocused my objectives to more local, smaller organizations with much lower costs. And they may actually benefit me in the long run as I age (local hospital fund).
    I think that “fund raising” has become big business in some cases, hiring professional fund raising companies to increase funds but at higher administration costs.
    A bit of a quandary to see that your donations are being used for what you consider appropriate causes.
    Take care. Don’t stop giving back or paying forward if you have the means. Those of us who are lucky enough to be able to do this should not hesitate. Do some research so you are comfortable with the organization you donate to.
    https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities-listings.html
    https://www.charityintelligence.ca/ratings

    RICARDP

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    • bigcajunman
      October 16, 2017

      I am simply looking for the most bang for my buck when I donate. I tried to set up my Church as my charitable donation on my pay cheque, and if I set them up for a $20 donation, they end up only getting $16 ?

      I think charity and paying it forward is an essential spiritual thing (I mean that in the sense of your inner not necessarily religious).

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