At Christmas, I try to give to charities in lieu of physical gifts, and ask that friends and family do the same for me. As 2006 slips into (or out of, in my case) our collective memories, I wanted to direct some link love to the charities we supported last year:
- David Suzuki Foundation (my personal favourite)
- Union Gospel Mission
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Survival International
- Amnesty International
- Medicins Sans Frontieres
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (that sends kids to camp)
- World Changing (well, I bought their huge and expensive book)
That looks like a whole schwack of them, but it’s in most cases it’s a small amount of money to each charity.
I made most of these donations recently, and was reminded of a peculiar phenomenon about charitable giving. Several of these sites enable you to choose how your money is spent. For example, you can decide whether your Canadian Cancer Society cash goes to breast cancer, prostate cancer, education and so forth.
I know this appeals to people, but I think it’s a shame to give people a choice. Obviously the charity itself knows better than the donors who their money should go to. On the other hand, the charities would make less money without offering that choice, so I guess it’s a necessary appeal to donor hubris.
I had also wanted to link to something I recently read about the economics of volunteering, and how you’re much better off spending that time earning more money and donating it. Unfortunately, I have no freakin’ idea where I read it. Does that ring a bell with anybody?
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