Thursday August 28, 2008 Talkback Question:

What is your favorite charity? If you don't mind sharing, approximately how much do you donate per year?

** My favorite charity is the Atlanta Community Foodbank. I feel that no one should have to go hungry in this country. **

Feel free to share why you give to a particular charity.

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  1. Faye // August 28, 2008 at 8:38 AM  

    I don't have a favorite charity, but my favorite category would be legal aid services. I believe that everybody should have access to equal justice.

    I don't have much, and I don't earn much, but I make sure that a lucky (randomized) legal service would get $1 from me every month.

  2. Tom // August 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

    The Wounded Heroes Foundation.

    It is an organization started by a family friend, who was a Marine aviator, that helps wounded veterans.

    We donate approx $1000 a year right now, but after my wife starts teaching, we would like to increase that to $5000.

  3. J-Bird // August 28, 2008 at 2:23 PM  

    I tend towards human-rights, education (generally for underprivileged communities/third-world nations) and nature conservation. However I also love (when I know it would be appreciated, which is frequently) to give charitable donations in another's name as gifts, and in those cases will tune the charity toward the interests of the person in question.

  4. Anonymous // August 28, 2008 at 10:09 PM, Disabled American Veterans & Human Rights Watch. All three are interrelated - I blame all preventable human suffering on mass media. You'll just have to trust me on that one. ;)

    The charities have automated sustainer services, they charge my card the equivalent of 1.5% of income on a monthly basis. That's low, trying to make up for it by sustaining it for a long time. Hopefully it will add up to around 25k combined by retirement, and that's assuming income doesn't change or that I don't increase the percentage if I start feeling extra guilty.

    It might make more sense to wait on donating it for 35 years and invest it to beat inflation, but really they need the money now, and the money is worth more now.

    Until then, giving a little each month makes living a little longer seem just a little more important.

    Also, it earns me points on my card. :P

  5. Budgets are Sexy. // August 29, 2008 at 5:22 PM  

    i usually donate on a whim, or when someone flat out asks me - like a homeless person, friend running a race, that sorta thing.

    i'd also like to donate to Mr. Obama a little bit, but in a perfect world i'd get off my a$$ and find a charity i believe in, and then make monthly auto. payments. but for now, i wait for those to ask ;)

  6. Jerry // August 30, 2008 at 1:59 AM  

    We tithe at church (10%). We also give to veterans' groups, education groups, and political candidates from time to time.

  7. paradigmshifted // August 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM  

    i give to friends who ask, which tends to add up to a lot. everyone i know has some project going on. i am particularly fond of education and hunger services. i'm also particular to small, local activities.

  8. Debt Dieter // September 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM  

    Here in Australia, I donate $120 a year to the RSPCA through work (my company matches donations) and also $360 a year to Learning For Life which provides financially disadvantaged Primary (Elementary)& High School students with support through financial scholarships to assist with education expenses such as uniforms (public schools have uniforms in Australia), books and excursions (field trips).

    I also volunteer time helping at risk 5th & 6th graders develop their reading skills.

    I'm very passionate about childhood literacy and ensuring animal are treated with respect.

  9. Forest // September 5, 2008 at 12:44 PM  

    I give 10% church, and