Every year around this time, my wife and I sit down to figure out our charitable giving. I’ve mentioned in the recent past that times like these can be tough for charities, as monetary giving often dries up. Fortunately, we’ve had a good year, and are planning on increasing our giving this year as compared to last. Here’s a rundown of the main charities to which we’re contributing:
- Our Local Food Bank (Find Yours — My Review)
- Our Local Homeless Shelter (No Review Yet)
- Modest Needs (My Review)
- The American Red Cross (My Review)
- The Conservation Fund (My Review)
- Unicef (No Review Yet)
All but the homeless shelter are holdovers from last year. We chose these because we believe in the work that they’re doing, and they all do a great job of putting our contributions to work. That being said, The American Red Cross has stumbled a bit in recent years, so we’re keeping an eye on them going forward.
As for our kids, who put aside 10% of their allowance for donation to a charity of their choice, two have selected the food bank, one has selected the the Red Cross, and one has selected The Conservation Fund.
Whichever charities you choose to support, I urge you to continue helping them despite the current economic conditions. If you can’t afford monetary support, please consider making non-monetary contributions. And if you’re at a loss as to how to find worthy charities, I encourage you to check out these sites: