Helping others

Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:28 pm

Food banks may not be the right solutions in helping community members in need. One organization decided that donations at stores that went to cards that allowed people in need to buy their own non-taxable food items was a more dignified approach.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/02/08/shutting-food-bank-first-step-in-program-to-add-respect-to-feeding-hungry-keenan.html

Instead of collecting and warehousing food and then giving it to people in need (whether it was the kind of food they wanted or needed or not), Operation Sharing set up a new program, called Food for Friends. People donate at the cash registers of their local grocery stores where cashiers invite them to give a quarter each time they shop. That money funds food cards given to recipients that are good only for non-taxable items (most staples are not taxable, most junk food is), who can shop for themselves.

It removes a lot of the obvious inefficiency in the food bank system — no need for trucks to ship thousands of pounds of cans all around town and back, no need for armies of volunteers to sort donations and assemble boxes, no need for warehouses to store it all. But better yet, Giuliano says, it provides an element of dignity to the recipients, allowing them the control over what food they have the option to eat. When he himself relied on a food bank as a young man in London, Ont., he says, he found the experience humiliating. He likes to think giving people the means to shop for themselves is less so.


Social media can definitely help with promoting the cause and how to help. Volunteers are scarce on the ground and logistics and resources take up money too. This idea of helping others is very 21st century.
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Re: Helping others

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:21 pm

The birth of baby Max Chan Zuckerberg motivated her parents to plan to give money through a limited liability corporation each year to help
make the world a better place. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/technology/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-charity.html?_r=0

Welcome, baby Max! You will have a letter to read in a few years about this new endeavour.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:16 pm

Read the Facebook post by Mark and am really, really touched by their reasoning and their hopes! That tot will see much of the world, I'm sure.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:28 pm

Hurricane Matthew has hit many coastlines this week. Haiti needs help but remember this bit about 2010's earthquake aid:
People who are moved to help should temper generosity with caution, and consult guides to effective, reputable charities. Hard experience shows how donations go astray: The Red Cross raised $500 million in appeals after the Haiti earthquake, but reporters for NPR and ProPublica, in an exhaustive investigation, searched in vain for where all that money went.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/opinion/haitis-new-catastrophe.html?ref=opinion&_r=0
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:10 pm

It's that seasonal time of year when charity fundraising requests come to your door, to your mailbox, to your local papers.
Every cause wants you to support their cause.

Budget your charitable giving-you may be able to help locally or give globally. Research who is doing what they say they will with raised funds.
Do charities respect your requests not to have your mailing information sold to other entities? What level of donations will prompt a tax receipt for donations to be issued? Know what your country's tax laws say about international donations-they may not qualify for donation claims on your tax return. If you need tax receipts, know which causes will provide them and allocate your money as best as you can.
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