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« on: January 12, 2013, 06:32:52 pm »
I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

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Re: Charities
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 06:43:03 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

 
I'm a big fan of Kiva.org- the same $25 donation can help multiple people because the loans are repaid.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 06:53:54 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

Heifer has its issues and doesn't like being criticized when it does something problematic... I'd heavily research which services/products it offers that will be the most beneficial to the most people/circumstances/regions first.

Personally my "charity" of choice is currently Strike Debt/Rolling Jubilee here in the states. It buys up people's debt (medical, mortgage, etc) on the cheap and forgives it, basically.
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Re: Charities
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 07:23:01 pm »
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Heifer has its issues and doesn't like being criticized when it does something problematic... I'd heavily research which services/products it offers that will be the most beneficial to the most people/circumstances/regions first.

 
Thank you!  See, that sort of thing is also very much a thing I need to know.

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 07:55:21 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.




Gofundme.com might have something. Also the horse stable next to me lost their brand new arena in Sandy. They are a great place that helps handicap people through horses. They've actually helped people who were mentally disabled and couldn't walk to walk. I know it not religious but maybe it could be something to think about. They are called pal-o-mine in Islandia NY.

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Re: Charities
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 08:19:41 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

 
You might consider looking for a charity that's relevant to your practice or the deities you're working with - a clean water organization for Poseidon or a scholarship fund for Athena and so on. The aforementioned Rolling Jubilee is an awesome option, and I've donated a couple of times through kiva.org. If you work with local spirits at all, you might want to look for local charities as well. It's also relevant to me personally to help individuals on a small scale, so I like to follow Radio Free Monday and toss a few bucks to people in tough spots when I can.
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Re: Charities
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 01:00:21 am »
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I'm a big fan of Kiva.org- the same $25 donation can help multiple people because the loans are repaid.

I'm seconding this. I've helped fund a bunch of loans on there with a small amount of starter cash, thanks to the repayments. There's a pagan team on there, too, if you're interested in that.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 09:53:42 am »
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I'm seconding this. I've helped fund a bunch of loans on there with a small amount of starter cash, thanks to the repayments. There's a pagan team on there, too, if you're interested in that.

I am interested in it. How does it work?

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Re: Charities
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2013, 05:07:42 pm »
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I am interested in it. How does it work?

 
The site is at http://www.kiva.org/. Basically, you just loan $25 (you can loan more, but you don't have to) to any of the listed microloans. Other people will chip in $25 until the loan is funded*. The person receiving the loan has a certain amount of time to pay it back — sometimes a loan is defaulted, but that happens very rarely. It's never happened to me. Once they pay it back, your $25 is back in your account and you can either cash it out via PayPal or reloan it to the next person.

The first year I did it, I chipped in $25 a month for I think six months. I've been using that same money ever since.

The biggest pagan team is http://www.kiva.org/team/wiccan_neopagans_witches . When you make a loan, you can have it count toward a team (the money is still entirely in your/the loanee's control, it just gives a point to the team) to see how, as a group, you're making a difference. It's kind of cool, but it's not at all necessary if that's not your thing.

*The loans are technically funded already; what you are doing is matching the funds, meaning the company giving out the loans is paid back faster and can loan that money out again immediately. The money repaid to the loan company by the loan recipient then goes straight to Kiva (as it's already been paid off), and Kiva repays you. So Kiva's sort of a middleman between all of these loan companies and people who want to chip in toward microloans.

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Re: Charities
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2013, 08:00:26 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.

Thinking of charity in a wider context than giving money, there's giving your time, or skills.

You can for example check if there's need for people willing to go into nursing homes to read for the elderly, to take them out for walks or to simply sit, listen and be there. There might be need for people willing to be caring adults to kids with disabilities, kids taken into custody or otherwise in need of adult contact and time outside their home. There might be need for somebody willing to take a mentally disabled person out to see, say, art at a gallery.

If you have any kind of skills you'd be willing to teach to kids, your local 4H or similar organization might be happy to have you come and have a course (and even happier, if you do it for free). You don't need to be a professional, even basics of knitting could be great for children to learn. I know I would, as part of my job is trying to arrange educating but fun activities for kids and doing it with as little funds as possible.

If you have a laid back, good-natured dog, cat or other pet, there could be need for therapy dog/cat/other services (after training, of course), to go into nursing homes for the elderly or disabled. The species doesn't matter that much (around my part of the world, there are therapy llamas and alpacas, even), the animal contact they provide is the thing.  

If anybody gets any good ideas from this, it'd be great! :) Making the world a bit better place, starting locally.
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Re: Charities
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2013, 10:42:10 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

 
I like the American Cancer Society since my grandmother died of cancer and I decided that if I get money then I'll give a couple hundred to them.

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2013, 02:00:06 pm »
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I'd like to give to charity as a religious offering.  So I'm wondering - what charities do you recommend?  I've seen Heifer mentioned a lot in pagan circles, but I'm sure there must be others as well.

 
The Hospice of the Valleys, Shelter, Oxfam and my local Owl Sanctuary although I'm looking at donating to the RSPCA or the RSPB in future (if my budget allows it).
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