Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to commemorate all the men and women who have died serving our country. If you choose to honor their heroism with a donation, then consider one of these highly-rated charities:
Fisher House Foundation
Homes For Our Troops
National Military Family Association
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
Check out our Hot Topic, Support Our Troops, for a more extensive list of charities.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
What do you think? Is the >$1.5 million salary the CEO of the Boy Scouts received reasonable? In comparison, that's more than 2.5 times what the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA receives.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The article referenced above takes a critical look at less-than-stringent criteria used to include charities in the campaign and the resulting fact that some less-than-stellar organizations --- such as the 0-star Help Hospitalized Veterans --- end up in the campaign. We’ve written about this issue before (more than once) in order to educate potential CFC donors and warn them that they still need to do their homework in selecting a charity. Furthermore, we’ve cross-reference our database of charities with those enrolled in the national/international CFC. Of the more than 850 charities in our database that match up, 4 have a 0-star rating and 63 have a 1-star rating. On the flip side, the 365 4-star charities and the 266 3-star charities demonstrate that government employees shouldn’t fear giving via the CFC --- so long as they check out the charities first.
To locate a rating for a specific charity enrolled in the campaign, simply enter its CFC number in the search box. Alternatively, you can limit any search to charities in the CFC by using our advanced search tool or by selecting CFC as a filter criteria on the search results page.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Several years back, the aquarium accepted money from BP to fund a new sea otter exhibit. Talk about bad timing! The new exhibit is set to open this week just as BP’s massive oil spill is on everyone’s mind. The Los Angeles Times takes a look at how the Aquarium of the Pacific, as well as other charities that have received funding from BP (Los Angeles County Museum of Art and KCET), are dealing with this situation.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Panera Bread, under the name Panera Cares Cafes, is testing out a first of its kind nonprofit restaurant (for now you have to travel to St. Louis to give it a try). Customers come in, order their food and then instead of paying for their selections they are asked to donate whatever they think is appropriate. If you can’t pay, then you are asked to volunteer. Proceeds will cover the costs of operating the story and any extra money will be donated to community organizations.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Be careful of emails claiming to offer a job with a well-known charity.
The FBI says that in this phishing scheme, email recipients are offered the opportunity to fundraise for the well-known Habitat for Humanity. In case the person isn’t hooked for altruistic reasons, the email then entices folks to sign up because they are permitted to keep 10% of whatever they raise. Those that sign up, then unknowingly forward donors credit card information to the criminal’s account.
As I write this all I can think of is something my father often said when I was a child (yours probably did too): “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” So, if someone contacts you seeking funds or offering you a job like the one described above, be sure to follow up directly with the charity to confirm the solicitation or job opportunity. Our site includes each charity’s direct contact information and a link to its legitimate website.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Some speculate that the reason giving to Haiti isn’t greater is that the recession is having a dampening effect. I tend to agree, but I think there is probably more at play here. Could it be that people are worried that their donation may not have the desired impact because of the corruption that Haiti is notorious for? Is it that the desperation seems so great that some people think their small donation might not have an impact? Maybe the popularity of text donations resulted in smaller gifts to Haiti as compared to other disasters.
So, I’m curious to know. What made you decide to give or not give? And if you gave to Haiti and one of the previous disasters, did you give less, more or the same to Haiti?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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