Wednesday, November 22, 2006

2006 is nearing an end, and it's time to take stock of the past year . . .

A few years ago, I started making an effort to donate to charities and causes I support, but became quickly discouraged when any donation brought an avalance of solicitations to my door. This year, I have basically thrown out all the solicitations I receive by mail, and instead have kept a list of groups that I support, and have made an effort to donate some small amount every month to at least one of the groups. The recipients are generally groups that benefit animals and the environment. I give to the ALS Association every year in memory of my uncle who suffered from this horrible disease. I also lost a friend to breast cancer this year. The groups that have received donations from me so far this year are:

Does anyone have any particular charities they support?

In past years, I have also participated in charitable walks to raise money, but have neglected to do so this year. In 2007, I hope to find a way to donate my time and effort, instead of just writing a check . . .


Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Wow Diane! You are very generous, which is awesome.

I'm still a student/office peon, so I can't donate as much as I'd like. I do support
-UNICEF: I buy all my holiday cards from them. Its not alot, but its something.
-The Stephen Lewis Foundation which does HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Africa
-A local rape crisis centre
-The Hospital For Sick Children Herbie Fund: Raises money to bring sick children to the Toronto hospital for treatment that is not available in their home country:

3:58 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

mishy - good for you! I'll check those out, and I'm constantly impressed by how far ahead of the curve you are compared to me at your age!

4:01 PM  
Blogger PixieGaf said...

I am ashamed at how little I have donated this year. Like Mishy I am also a student/office peon so I don't donate as much as I would like too but every year I try to donate a present for the Toys For Tots Foundation.

I also donated my time to a Rape crisis center. Well actually it was more like an internship but still it was time well spent.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

pixie - good for you too - trust me, when I was your age I too couldn't afford to give much (and trust me, my donations are not big now),but it is great you give to toys and give of your time

4:37 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

Aahhhh, this year not so much. But around Christmas I usually write some checks.

7:14 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

I usually give a reasonable amount, generally when my friends are doing walks or runs for their own charities. I gave a lot after 9/11 and Katrina, but now that you bring it up, I don't remember making any significant contributions this year. The SPCA is always a good one for me. I think I give more for animals than for people. (It's not like the animals could raise the money themselves!)

Besides SPCA, regular donations usually go to ther Crohn's/Colitis foundation (I have Crohn's) and MS (which my best friend has).

7:24 PM  
Blogger sage said...

What's up, I didn't see the "Sage Bail and Fun Fund" listed?

Seriously, my donations: church, food bank, library, a nature center, a garden, schools, a few other medical and nature organizations

8:17 PM  
Blogger LA said...

I usually hit most of these each year: SBACC, PAWS-LA (, my college alumni association, the foundation at the hospital for which I work, Lymphoma/Leukemia foundation, Susan Komen BRCA, Alzheimer's Assn.

Oh, and whenever I see animal groups at Petco/Petsmart, I throw cash into their kitty (so to speak).

11:14 PM  
Blogger v said...

Way to go Diane, Mishy, Pixie, Getflix, Editthis, Sage, and LA!

I don't work so I have like no money to donate. But I've been volunteering for some time. I've been a literacy tutor amongst other things and currently I volunteer with a non-profit that helps the homeless.

1:36 PM  
Blogger v said...

Oh yeah, and I'll be "donating" 25 bucks to KIVA soon, but I don't really consider that a donation. I'm actually lending the money which will be paid back over time.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

v - it is alot harder to donate time than money - so good for you - and kiva is on my list too

2:22 PM  

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