Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Year-End Charity Giving

I just decided what my year-end charities will be. I was going to give to Smile Train, which fixes cleft palates of children in developing countries (and I'm still thinking about it) but they were very negatively reviewed on charity rating sites so I'm not sure.

Last year, I gave to PBS and I decided again to this year. Although this is quite self-serving since I love PBS (esp Britcoms and yes, I know I'm a nerd). I also decide to give to Wikipedia since I use that site so much.

But finally, my last charity is going to be The Humane Society. I have worked on their campaigns before but I automatically give each month to the ASPCA. I figured that was enough.

Then I got this email today from the Humane Society about a dog. Fay, that had been brutally mauled by its dogfighting owner. I'll spare you the video but here's a synopsis.

"Our team met her in Missouri, when The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue hundreds of animals from the horrors of dogfighting. She’d been wounded badly in a fight, and a dogfighter had mercilessly cut off her lips. She was in tough shape, but we found her in the nick of time."

Here's a link to the video if you want to see it.


Why people do these kinds of things is beyond me.


  1. There are charity review websites? Who funds THEM? Do they ask for donations too?

    Maybe you just shouldn't read the Humane Society emails... I'm just sayin'.

    Oh, by the way, "esta vendo?" means "see?!" (vendo is from ver and doesn't do the e-ie thing like in Spanish). It was Alexandre being a punk and telling me that I complain too much about living in Brazil. And my response was, if you want me to like your country, get off your ass and help me plan some trips outside of this hicktown. So that shut him up pretty quickly.

    Good job with the donating! :D

  2. you've never heard of charity star and charity navigator? I don't know who funds them but they are legit. they condense the public reports of how charities spend their money and things like how much they pay their CEO. then they get a letter grade based on how well they do.

    i agree you can get charity burn-out, but you shouldn't bury your head in the sand about issues. What did they teach you up there at Berkely? lol, jk