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Old 09-12-2019, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Amazon Smile Charities

I've been using Amazon for years and finally decided to get off my ass and sign up for the smile program to donate to a charity. The issue is, which one? I checked on the veterans charities but had never heard of just about all of them and am hesitant to donate to a possibly shady charity.

Does anybody have one they know of or had personal, good experiences with that they'd recommend ?
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I have mine set to go to the Blue Ribbon Coalition, no idea if that does any good.
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I have mine set to go to the Blue Ribbon Coalition, no idea if that does any good.
I thought it was determined that was a lost cause?
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If you really have to donate via Amazon see if they make these lists,


https://www.charitywatch.org/top-rated-charities

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https://www.consumerreports.org/char...our-donations/

12 Worst Charities to Donate Money To - Vision Launch
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I just searched their charities for Blue Ribbon Coalition and BRC and didn't get any results so I just chose Toys for Tots for now.
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I donate to the horse rescue that my wife founded. Local Equine Assistance Network. Nobody takes a dime from the treasury, it all goes to feed, and medical. It's listed on Smile Amazon as All Vegas Horses, (the original name).

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Location: Las Vegas, NV | Year Founded: 2012
Mission: To end the plight of the Unwanted horse in southern Nevada. All Vegas Horses utilizes its LEAN program (Local Equine Assistance Network) to take in horses seized by local Animal Control agencies. These horses and donkeys receive medical and rehabilitative care in the homes of our approved fosters until such time as they are adopted. A rigid screening process of both fosters and adopters is conducted to ensure we do our best to match horse and home appropriately. L.E.A.N. does not have a…
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Example of who not to donate #6 on the list
#1. Kid’s Wish Network
#2. Cancer Fund of America
#4. The Red Cross
#6. The Wounded Warrior Project

Compared to some of these other examples, the Wounded Warrior Project sounds like a saint. After all, they do use more than half of the donations received to help wounded US veterans be able to get back on their feet. That’s pretty good, right?
Sure – until you look at their tax records. On their 2012 tax return, this charity reported receiving donations in excess of $234 million – in just one year. That means $115 million every year is being spent on other costs.

So what are those other costs? There’s the $6 million which was spent for charity employees to travel. Another $6 million was spent on “occupation costs.” They spent $5 million on IT needs. $15 million was spent for “office space.” They spent $17 million on meetings and events, not for the veterans they serve, but for themselves. More than $30 million was sent to consultants and an almost equal amount was paid out for employee salaries.

We’re talking about soldiers and their families who have literally sacrificed life and limb to protect the people who are running this charity. Soldiers who faced down terrorists, insurgents, and radicals who tried to blow them up with IEDs. So sure – they spend over $100 million per year on veterans. They’re also spending that much on themselves.

Does that make this charity a scam? If you have to look at the tax documents to see what money is being spent on because the organization isn’t fully forthright, then the definition may certainly fit.
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I just searched their charities for Blue Ribbon Coalition and BRC and didn't get any results so I just chose Toys for Tots for now.


For every dollar raised, 97 cents is used for program costs. As a reference point, watchdog Charity Watch considers an organization a Top Rated Charity if an organization uses 80 percent of its income to provide its service. Marine Toys for Tots is very effective in program delivery and fiscal responsibility.

Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers) 95.6%
Administrative Expenses 0.4%
Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.54
Program Expenses Growth 1.4%
Liabilities to Assets 7.2%
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I thought it was determined that was a lost cause?
Probably, I dunno. After about 200 higher-priority demands of my free time, I'll get right on investigating it
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We donate to the Alzheimer's Association via Smile.

It only gives .5% of your order total, but we figure it's better than nothing I suppose...
Since we order quite often, including items for a small side business, hopefully it will add up over time...
A couple of Family members had this disease, so it has some personal meaning even if we can help a little via Amazon...
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Search that for BRC, it's on there.
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I've been using Amazon for years and finally decided to get off my ass and sign up for the smile program to donate to a charity. The issue is, which one? I checked on the veterans charities but had never heard of just about all of them and am hesitant to donate to a possibly shady charity.

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I have mine setup to donate to the Fisher House. They’re a vet group that provides housing for family while their service member is in the hospital.


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i donate to 4wheel2heal

veterans/offroading group and boarderofsnow (iirc) launched it on chit-chat

the amount is small annually but it is better than nothing
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I thought it was determined that was a lost cause?
BRC? nope seem to still be alive. i still get their quarterly and they are working OUT if the depths, but again that relies on fundraising.
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i donate to 4wheel2heal

veterans/offroading group and boarderofsnow (iirc) launched it on chit-chat

the amount is small annually but it is better than nothing
Are they still around?
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https://www.facebook.com/4WheeltoHea...Kn6h_vn4wIAHuJ

yup, they are active in the east/north east. if i ever get a working 4wd again, i want to contact the and use the name to do similar stuff out here

http://www.4w2h.org/
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https://www.facebook.com/4WheeltoHea...Kn6h_vn4wIAHuJ

yup, they are active in the east/north east. if i ever get a working 4wd again, i want to contact the and use the name to do similar stuff out here

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