‘Tis the season for giving.

I don’t need much.  There’s no gift I want, as in a particular item.  I wish for happy and healthy children. Hope my dad continues to make slow and steady progress.  I wish for a better tomorrow for the human race.  If I was a betting woman I probably wouldn’t bet on the third.

I do give to charities, yet every time I send money I wonder what percentage goes to cover administrative costs and what percentage really improves the lives of those for whom the charity exists- whether the organization helps protect lowland gorillas or feeds hungry children.  And by the way – there are far too many hungry children in America.  It’s seriously shameful.  Most parents want to work at a job so they can earn money to feed and clothe and shelter their children.  I know a lot of people who haven’t had regular employment in over four years.  Breaks my heart.

For the most part I prefer to spend my money on local charities.  I know where the money goes.  Besides, I can donate time as well.

However, there are two non-local organizations I support.  I’m completely behind them. I wish I could do more.

One is cheap – COJ – Cup of Joe for a Joe.  Green Beans Coffee Company sends coffee to our troops overseas.  These young men and women are risking their lives for us.  The least I can do is send them a cup of coffee.  Here’s the link if you’re interested:  Cup of Joe for a Joe.

The second is less cheap but oh so worthy.  A donation can make an incredible difference in the life of a woman – in fact, a donation can help restore her life – The Fistula Foundation.  There’s so much information I’ll give you the link.  What this group does is amazing.  The Fistula Foundation.

If you can set aside an hour, this video will change your life:

A Walk to Beautiful~ Nova.

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8 Responses to ‘Tis the season for giving.

  1. Amber Skyze says:

    Like you I normally give to local charities. I’ll check out these two though because giving doesn’t always have to be limited to local. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tim Dittmer says:

    You’re an inspiration.

  3. Actually, Tom, I’m not – The Fistula Foundation, now that is an inspiration. I would love to do a medical mission with them. Seriously, I really want to do that if I can get hubby to agree to let me go to Ethiopia.

  4. Amber, if you have time watch A Walk to Beautiful. One of the most positive charitable organizations I’ve ever seen.

  5. I have heard of the fistula organization. I think they are in India too. Not sure. I have some acquaintances that do medical missions like that each year.

  6. Yes, they are, Steph. Their work is brilliant. And so cost-effective. And so very very important.

  7. Hi Julia (and everyone else!) –
    I do communications for The Fistula Foundation and just came across your blog and this post. I wanted to leave a note to say thank you so much for writing about us!

    For the women we work to support, the difference between despair and restored dignity is a $450 surgery – less than the cost of an ultrasound in the United States. (But it’s important to note that a donation of any amount adds up!)

    I also wanted to share that we are committed to transparency in every dollar we spend, because the funds we raise aren’t ours – they belong to women who are suffering from obstetric fistula. We’re really proud to have earned Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for 7 years in a row for our financial efficiency – putting us in the top 2% of charities they rate.

    So, thank you again for helping to spread the word about this heartbreaking injury that far too many women are suffering, and thank you for encourage others to join you in giving. Because the more money we’re able to raise, the more women we’re able to treat!

    Thanks again and happy holidays,
    Jessica

  8. Dear Jessica – I think the work you do is amazing. Thank you so much.

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