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Laser-Beam Giving: Your Favorite Cause

Introduced: December 04 2012

 

These outrigger canoe enthusiasts in Hawaii are all about helping cancer survivors. What cause do YOU believe in? As one IWD  member said – “I don’t want to scatter my donations around and hope they do some good. I want a laser beam cause that really gets to the heart of something.” Tell us what is your favorite charity and why you support it. Provide a web site or email address, if possible, so someone else can help if they feel moved to do so.

 

(You can read the story of Bonnie Kos and how she and her fellow "Pink Paddlers" are raising a "boatload of support" for cancer survivors by using this link.)

http://www.iwdialogue.com/beentheredonethat/how-bonnie-kos-helped-sport-loving-group-become-501c3

 

Dialogue on Laser-Beam Giving: Your Favorite Cause
536:

Although the tax deduction incentive for giving in 2012 is gone, it’s never too early to start on 2013. I thought the effort by this group of children in Newtown, Connecticut, to raise funds for the town and the families who lost their children in the shooting was very touching.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/children-record-song-benefit-newtow...

114:

So many causes, so many GOOD causes. Having a mentally challenged member in our family, the largest piece of the pie goes to that cause followed by animal shelters, cancer research, children's hospitals, relief for those in the path of natural disasters, our church and the list goes on........Our government gives so many dollars to those unfortunate in other countries. I truly believe that charity begins at home and in our own country first, and outward from there. The truth lies in the economics of the times in which we are living. So many deserving causes......

314:

I was looking for an organization to help veterans returning from overseas with physical and psychological problems. I came upon the Bob Woodruff Foundation. He is the ABC reporter who was seriously injured in a roadside explosion while covering the war in Iraq Two of his Foundation’s efforts include ReMind.org http://remind.org/ that was established to educated the public about the injuries suffered by our service men and women – and Stand Up for Heroes, which sponsors concerts and other entertainment events to raise funds to help our veterans in a number of ways. If you visit the web site, you’ll find a list of projects the Foundation has funded.

 

Note from IWD: Many IWD members mentioned helping our injured service men and women as the cause that matters most. IWD will research some additional organizations that focus on this area. Also, if you’d like to know more about Bob Woodruff and his recovery from his traumatic brain injury, here’s a link to an interview he did with WebMD.

http://www.webmd.com/brain/features/bob-woodruff-after-traumatic-brain-injury

093:

I know we have many problems in the U.S. and each one of them takes their turn in the national spotlight. Meanwhile, women all over the world are suffereing in societies much less evolved than ours. Examples are the recent gang rape in India where the victim actually died from her injuries. Or the shooting of the young woman named Malawa by the Taliban. It just seems to me that we owe it to our “sisters” to try to help, so I feel good about supporting the work of an organization called Women Thrive Worldwide. http://womenthrive.org

035:

My company became involved with an event held by an organization named Girls on the Run http://www.girlsontherun.org/. Through local chapters throughout the U.S., they work with girls adge 8 to 13 to help them develop confidence and self-esteem through physical exercise. The event in which I participated in Chicago attracted thousands of young girls from all over the area and it was a beautiful sight.

030:

Great topic for sharing across our IWD network.

 

I agree with the make a real difference laser beam giving. Not that the large organizations are not worthy - but it is important to check and see % that actually goes to benefit cause and what is administration, salaries, fund raising, expense accounts. Get an annual report or financial statement if in doubt.

 

I suggest standing where you are are looking around your area. Animal shelters, local environmental organizations, human assistance groups, ...501C3s where you can see the results of their advocacy. As an example, in my oceanside residence I see the Marine Mammal Rescue volunteers saving and rehabilitatingotters whose numbers are declining as a result of human pollution. I see the local SPCA which is independently funded caring for wounded wildlife and abandoned domestic animals. I see the results of Living Lands and Waters.org. http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/ Check that out as an example of what a small group can accomplish for many. I see local groups helping people that don't qualify for government welfare. I am currently researching Wounded Warriors and suggest their website. There are many specific areas to help within that parent organization. Explore locally. Talk about deserving of support.

 

Thank you for sharing this way of sharing. IWD is once again - timely, relevant, and broadening... a valuable source of information on topics I care about.

536:

This year I supported an organization known as the Gorilla Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to help conserve the lowland gorilla aws a species (endangered by poachers and loss of habitat) and bring public awareness through longest continuous experiment ever undertaken to teach language to another species. The star of the project is KoKo – a gorilla who became famous awhile back when she adopted and cared for a small kitten who became her constant companion. But the real breakthrough with KoKo is that she communicates with her human trainers through a sign language vocabulary that includes more than 1000 words. KoKo also paints and one way to support the organization is by buy KoKo’s art. http://www.koko.org/foundation/

251:

Breast cancer. Don’t we all have someone we loved and lost to breast cancer? I have not been happy with Susan G. Komen Foundation’s political decisions, but I admire the work they’ve done for breast cancer.

217:

When something like Hurricane Sandy happens, we remember why we have a Red Cross. So many times, disaster relief funds spring up, but it’s hard to tell what’s legit and what isn’t. So I continue to give to the Red Cross so they can continue to respond. https://www.redcross.org

536:

Although the tax deduction incentive for giving in 2012 is gone, it’s never too early to start on 2013. I thought the effort by this group of children in Newtown, Connecticut, to raise funds for the town and the families who lost their children in the shooting was very touching.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/children-record-song-benefit-newtow...

114:

So many causes, so many GOOD causes. Having a mentally challenged member in our family, the largest piece of the pie goes to that cause followed by animal shelters, cancer research, children's hospitals, relief for those in the path of natural disasters, our church and the list goes on........Our government gives so many dollars to those unfortunate in other countries. I truly believe that charity begins at home and in our own country first, and outward from there. The truth lies in the economics of the times in which we are living. So many deserving causes......

314:

I was looking for an organization to help veterans returning from overseas with physical and psychological problems. I came upon the Bob Woodruff Foundation. He is the ABC reporter who was seriously injured in a roadside explosion while covering the war in Iraq Two of his Foundation’s efforts include ReMind.org http://remind.org/ that was established to educated the public about the injuries suffered by our service men and women – and Stand Up for Heroes, which sponsors concerts and other entertainment events to raise funds to help our veterans in a number of ways. If you visit the web site, you’ll find a list of projects the Foundation has funded.

 

Note from IWD: Many IWD members mentioned helping our injured service men and women as the cause that matters most. IWD will research some additional organizations that focus on this area. Also, if you’d like to know more about Bob Woodruff and his recovery from his traumatic brain injury, here’s a link to an interview he did with WebMD.

http://www.webmd.com/brain/features/bob-woodruff-after-traumatic-brain-injury

093:

I know we have many problems in the U.S. and each one of them takes their turn in the national spotlight. Meanwhile, women all over the world are suffereing in societies much less evolved than ours. Examples are the recent gang rape in India where the victim actually died from her injuries. Or the shooting of the young woman named Malawa by the Taliban. It just seems to me that we owe it to our “sisters” to try to help, so I feel good about supporting the work of an organization called Women Thrive Worldwide. http://womenthrive.org

035:

My company became involved with an event held by an organization named Girls on the Run http://www.girlsontherun.org/. Through local chapters throughout the U.S., they work with girls adge 8 to 13 to help them develop confidence and self-esteem through physical exercise. The event in which I participated in Chicago attracted thousands of young girls from all over the area and it was a beautiful sight.

030:

Great topic for sharing across our IWD network.

 

I agree with the make a real difference laser beam giving. Not that the large organizations are not worthy - but it is important to check and see % that actually goes to benefit cause and what is administration, salaries, fund raising, expense accounts. Get an annual report or financial statement if in doubt.

 

I suggest standing where you are are looking around your area. Animal shelters, local environmental organizations, human assistance groups, ...501C3s where you can see the results of their advocacy. As an example, in my oceanside residence I see the Marine Mammal Rescue volunteers saving and rehabilitatingotters whose numbers are declining as a result of human pollution. I see the local SPCA which is independently funded caring for wounded wildlife and abandoned domestic animals. I see the results of Living Lands and Waters.org. http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/ Check that out as an example of what a small group can accomplish for many. I see local groups helping people that don't qualify for government welfare. I am currently researching Wounded Warriors and suggest their website. There are many specific areas to help within that parent organization. Explore locally. Talk about deserving of support.

 

Thank you for sharing this way of sharing. IWD is once again - timely, relevant, and broadening... a valuable source of information on topics I care about.

536:

This year I supported an organization known as the Gorilla Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to help conserve the lowland gorilla aws a species (endangered by poachers and loss of habitat) and bring public awareness through longest continuous experiment ever undertaken to teach language to another species. The star of the project is KoKo – a gorilla who became famous awhile back when she adopted and cared for a small kitten who became her constant companion. But the real breakthrough with KoKo is that she communicates with her human trainers through a sign language vocabulary that includes more than 1000 words. KoKo also paints and one way to support the organization is by buy KoKo’s art. http://www.koko.org/foundation/

251:

Breast cancer. Don’t we all have someone we loved and lost to breast cancer? I have not been happy with Susan G. Komen Foundation’s political decisions, but I admire the work they’ve done for breast cancer.

217:

When something like Hurricane Sandy happens, we remember why we have a Red Cross. So many times, disaster relief funds spring up, but it’s hard to tell what’s legit and what isn’t. So I continue to give to the Red Cross so they can continue to respond. https://www.redcross.org

217:

When something like Hurricane Sandy happens, we remember why we have a Red Cross. So many times, disaster relief funds spring up, but it’s hard to tell what’s legit and what isn’t. So I continue to give to the Red Cross so they can continue to respond. https://www.redcross.org

251:

Breast cancer. Don’t we all have someone we loved and lost to breast cancer? I have not been happy with Susan G. Komen Foundation’s political decisions, but I admire the work they’ve done for breast cancer.

536:

This year I supported an organization known as the Gorilla Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to help conserve the lowland gorilla aws a species (endangered by poachers and loss of habitat) and bring public awareness through longest continuous experiment ever undertaken to teach language to another species. The star of the project is KoKo – a gorilla who became famous awhile back when she adopted and cared for a small kitten who became her constant companion. But the real breakthrough with KoKo is that she communicates with her human trainers through a sign language vocabulary that includes more than 1000 words. KoKo also paints and one way to support the organization is by buy KoKo’s art. http://www.koko.org/foundation/

030:

Great topic for sharing across our IWD network.

 

I agree with the make a real difference laser beam giving. Not that the large organizations are not worthy - but it is important to check and see % that actually goes to benefit cause and what is administration, salaries, fund raising, expense accounts. Get an annual report or financial statement if in doubt.

 

I suggest standing where you are are looking around your area. Animal shelters, local environmental organizations, human assistance groups, ...501C3s where you can see the results of their advocacy. As an example, in my oceanside residence I see the Marine Mammal Rescue volunteers saving and rehabilitatingotters whose numbers are declining as a result of human pollution. I see the local SPCA which is independently funded caring for wounded wildlife and abandoned domestic animals. I see the results of Living Lands and Waters.org. http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/ Check that out as an example of what a small group can accomplish for many. I see local groups helping people that don't qualify for government welfare. I am currently researching Wounded Warriors and suggest their website. There are many specific areas to help within that parent organization. Explore locally. Talk about deserving of support.

 

Thank you for sharing this way of sharing. IWD is once again - timely, relevant, and broadening... a valuable source of information on topics I care about.

035:

My company became involved with an event held by an organization named Girls on the Run http://www.girlsontherun.org/. Through local chapters throughout the U.S., they work with girls adge 8 to 13 to help them develop confidence and self-esteem through physical exercise. The event in which I participated in Chicago attracted thousands of young girls from all over the area and it was a beautiful sight.

093:

I know we have many problems in the U.S. and each one of them takes their turn in the national spotlight. Meanwhile, women all over the world are suffereing in societies much less evolved than ours. Examples are the recent gang rape in India where the victim actually died from her injuries. Or the shooting of the young woman named Malawa by the Taliban. It just seems to me that we owe it to our “sisters” to try to help, so I feel good about supporting the work of an organization called Women Thrive Worldwide. http://womenthrive.org

314:

I was looking for an organization to help veterans returning from overseas with physical and psychological problems. I came upon the Bob Woodruff Foundation. He is the ABC reporter who was seriously injured in a roadside explosion while covering the war in Iraq Two of his Foundation’s efforts include ReMind.org http://remind.org/ that was established to educated the public about the injuries suffered by our service men and women – and Stand Up for Heroes, which sponsors concerts and other entertainment events to raise funds to help our veterans in a number of ways. If you visit the web site, you’ll find a list of projects the Foundation has funded.

 

Note from IWD: Many IWD members mentioned helping our injured service men and women as the cause that matters most. IWD will research some additional organizations that focus on this area. Also, if you’d like to know more about Bob Woodruff and his recovery from his traumatic brain injury, here’s a link to an interview he did with WebMD.

http://www.webmd.com/brain/features/bob-woodruff-after-traumatic-brain-injury

114:

So many causes, so many GOOD causes. Having a mentally challenged member in our family, the largest piece of the pie goes to that cause followed by animal shelters, cancer research, children's hospitals, relief for those in the path of natural disasters, our church and the list goes on........Our government gives so many dollars to those unfortunate in other countries. I truly believe that charity begins at home and in our own country first, and outward from there. The truth lies in the economics of the times in which we are living. So many deserving causes......

536:

Although the tax deduction incentive for giving in 2012 is gone, it’s never too early to start on 2013. I thought the effort by this group of children in Newtown, Connecticut, to raise funds for the town and the families who lost their children in the shooting was very touching.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/children-record-song-benefit-newtow...

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