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Why You Shouldn't Give to These Charities

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Charity is a luxury most people cannot afford but if you have to, avoid these charities.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/phildemuth/2014/12/22/please-dont-give-to-charity-but-if-give-you-must/#3a67ca4f790a
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1. Avoid all celebrity or athlete charities - set up to avoid paying taxes and employ deadbeat relatives while posturing to make themselves look noble.
example - Kim Kardashian's generous donation of 5% of the proceeds of her"Charity Auctions" to the likes of the"Life Change Community Church" owned by her mom, or Lady Gaga's charity that took in $2.6MM in donations and then spent the money on lawyers, consultants and publicity (including $50,000 on 'social media') but only gave away $5,000 in grants.

2. Does your old school really have any good use for the money?
3. Never give to anyone asking for money
4. To put it more positively: everywhere and always where money is concerned, trust your money to the people you find, not to the people who find you.
5. Do not confuse the worthiness of the charity with the worthiness of the cause
6. The more generic the mission, the less your impact.
7. If it includes a gala night (and as Groucho said, a gala night is enough for any man) or tickets to some swell event, it's not charity, it's consumption.
8. A dollar spent abroad goes much further than a dollar spent in the USA.
9. Congress has just extended the option to donate your mandatory IRA distribution to a charity. That is a rookie move. You will almost always do better giving appreciated stock from your taxable account to charity (getting rid of your embedded capital gains tax), and then using the deduction to convert a like amount from your traditional IRA to a Roth (lowering your future taxable required minimum distribution).
10. A dollar given directly to a person who needs it will be spent far more efficiently than a dollar put through the sieve of a benevolent bureaucracy in the hope that it trickles down somewhere.
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Do you agree? Why or why not? Which charities do you give to?
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Celebrity charities can be shady. They're just after the publicity of 'helping' people but they're all for show. I would never give to these kinds of charities.
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My favorite charity is the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. This organization helps the children of troops killed in combat to be able to afford college.
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I agree that I can't afford to be charitable and I only give spare change to the homeless on the streets and I rarely give to charity. I feel that charities don't really give that much help .
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For me, it is better to give donation in kind so that I am sure that the beneficiaries will be able to use them.
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This is an eye opener for me, It does make sense to avoid giving to celebrity-sponsored charity. I wonder how much money these celebrities are able to keep because of their so-called charity. It's really sick.
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World Vision, Salvation Army and Samaritans Purse are the charities I donate to.
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I just give to our local parish and on occasion, I would give food to some local orphanages. For the local parish, it is small enough to see the improvements being made. And for the orphanages, food you can see them eat it all up.
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The only acceptable form of charity is giving opportunity to earn something to people who can't. Give poor people better job, give disabled people special workplaces, etc.
Of course it works only for people who can work at all, it doesn't work with fatality ill people or children. For children the best form of charity is, again, opportunities in form of education.
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This is an eye opener for me, It does make sense to avoid giving to celebrity-sponsored charity. I wonder how much money these celebrities are able to keep because of their so-called charity. It's really sick.
I don't think that nost part of non-celebirty-sponsored charity organisations ate much better. Does it matter if your money will be wasted by famous or not famous people?
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There are"charities" and then there are"charities". Most charities are not dealing with the cause of the issue at hand, they are dealing with the fruit and not the root.
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