Maybe more important this year- thanks to the fact it looks like we’re going over the fiscal cliff and taxes will rise for all americans coupled with the economic downturn of the past few years hing many non-profits.
And of course we all remember the flap over Romney releasing his one year of tax returns, prepared for the presidential run, showing his (supposed) generosity. And you may also remember his trustee, Brad Malt publicly saying that over the past 20 years the Romeny’s charitable giving was less then half of the specially prepped tax return. And of course- that his church required a 10% tithe by members- and that historically virtually every penny of Romneys donations went to the church in one way or another. (more on the issue in a previous blog post here ).
Anyway- like most real working americans, I give a far greater percentage of my income to charitable causes then the rich typically do.
So here are some of my favorite causes:
Numerous dog rescue groups- many local/regional, as well as several national dog/cat/animal rights/welfare groups.
SEVA Foundation a group started by the 60’s clown prince Wavy Gravy dedicated to restoring eyesight around the world.
Sea Shepherd – Neptunes own Navy. Dedicated to doing what governments can’t or won’t- enforcing the laws protecting whales, dolphins, and other sea life.
Natural Resources Defense Council – one of the nations most powerful and effective environmental groups.
MAPS: The Multidiscipliary Association for Psychedelic Studies . A group long dedicated, and recently wildly sucessful, in reinstating research with MDMA, LSD, Psilocybin, and Cannabis for numerous issues. Amazing sucesses in the past few years- particularly with MDMA for PTSD
Americans for Safer Access – the premier group fighting for medical marijuana rights.
Drug Policy Alliance – The premier group fighting to bring sense, and a harm reduction approach, to the issue of drugs.
Habitat for Humanity (yes, a christian organization), and one that believes ALL people deserve a safe and affordable place to live.
Doctors Without Borders aka Medecins Sans Frontieres – doctors providing humanitarian and emergency care in disaster and war ravaged areas of the world.
Electronic Freedom Foundation – yes, those evil hippies and geeks who have been fighting the increasing destruction of our rights online- since well before the Tea Party and their ilk ever though to question what their government was doing with the patriot act, fisa, and other such laws.
And well…quite a few more. From local groups for the arts, parks, and food banks, to npr/pbs, to civil rights/civil justice, to womens empowerment/rights, to..well.
Instead of going on further with what I support I’ll provide a couple links to groups that help you research charities- from finding ones that support what you want to support to providing you with information and rankings on how they are run and how efficiently they use your donations:
You can also use GoodSearch which donates a penny to the non-profit of your choosing every time you do a search, or their GoodShop that includes thousands of major and small merchants who will donate a portion of the purchaces you make to the charity of your choice.
And of course- Ebay Giving Works allows sellers to give a portion of their sales of items to the charity of their choice, and if you set up your favorite charities, gives you an option to add a donation to them every time you pay for a purchase.