Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Giving back {alternate title: how NOT to donate a body part for cash} {alternate alternate title: Why I'm not a cold hearted bitch... all the time}

So after yesterday's post, I thought I would lighten things up with a more positive topic: donating.

I do a lot of it. And mind you, I'm no Money Bags. But I think it's important for everyone, no matter how much money they make or time that have, to do something for their community.

There are many ways to donate: cash, volunteering, organs, blood, bone marrow (ew), resources (e.g. use of space), sponsorship, etc. You should pick something you believe in and that you feel strongly about. I typically pick things that I am passionate about or that are within my community so I can see the effect my donations have on my surroundings.

Here is a list of the charities and organizations that I donate to:

ASPCA
FYI - April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. I find myself more sensitive to animals than even humans sometimes, possibly due to their innocence and inability to fight for themselves.

Central Park Conservancy Imagine having to mow 250 acres of grass each week! The Conservancy provides 85% of the Park's annual budget each year. Any New Yorker will tell you that the Park is the heart of the City. Without it, I wouldn't choose to live here anymore.

Human Rights Campaign Advocate of equality for the GLBT community. Why can't we just all get along?

Plan USA There is some controversy over donating to organizations such as Plan USA because it is uncertain how much of your donation actually goes directly to kids in need. However, I'd rather give something than nothing to help fight poverty.

Youth I.N.C.
They improve the lives of America's youth. What more can you ask for?

Rubin Museum of Art This comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas is my favorite in NYC. Its beauty is endless.

I also give clothes to Goodwill several times a year.

And Mr. T donates to the MoMa and the New York Public Library.

Because I'm a tad bit selfish about my spare time, I prefer to just give organizations cold hard cash (cha-ching).

Plus, extra bonus, cash and goods donations are tax deductible.

Mostly, I just wish I had more to give.

To what to you donate? Seriously, I'm really interested...

7 comments:

  1. Alright, alright... your reputation as a do-gooder is restored. :) You husband's causes are both near and dear to my heart, btw. Kudos to you both.

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  2. I have asked my Brownie troop girls, ages 7 - 8, to bring a food donation each meeting for the local food bank. And last year we collected everything from clothes to art supplies and first aid kits for an orphanage in Peru. I am very proud of the little sweeties!

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  3. Oh, that book, that book totally made me cry! Salvation Army, tons of clothes, and blood, I try, but don't always succeed with the blood. Damned low iron!

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  4. I'm with you Sass on sensitivity to animals and give annual to Animal Haven (http://www.animalhavenshelter.org/). They have an outpost in Tribeca which I volunteer for now and again. I would never buy an animal period. Other donations: Museum of Natural History (I love that place!), clothing to Salvation Army and blood of course.

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  5. I mostly donate to Invisible Children. I love the movement, they're mostly supported by teenagers and young adults and aim to help kids that have been forced into being child soldiers in Uganda. I totally relate to being more sympathetic towards animals than humans at times. Bad stuff happens to people in movies, I'm ok. Bad stuff happens to animals, I'm a mess.

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  6. I still say you're a slut, but a generous one. Wait, I guess that's redundant.

    I just sent in a volunteer application for my local humane society.

    I was an oocyte donor in 2006.

    I take everything to Good Will.

    I gave a lady a turkey at Christmas.

    I might as well just go by Jesus, huh?

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  7. Hey don't forget abandoned cows :(

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