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December 09, 2004



I shall give to the following this and next year.

Metro 220 Youth; our Church Youth Group. We have 150 Youth, and we need a new building.

Metro Kids, our children's ministry. We have 120 kids, and need a new basketball gym, and the roof needs fixing, and we are exploding and need new equipment.

The Salvation Army: Aranui Boxing Academy, which works with At-risk youth

The Maxim Institute: When the revolution comes.....

National Party: Well, someone has to. Besides, when I'm ready to launch my march to power, I'll need to be a member.

Voice for Life NZ

The Young Monarchist's Federation/ Christchutch League of Empire


I'm fond of Heifer International, particularly when Christmas rolls around. A donation of honeybees + a jar of good honey, or sheep + a small wool item, etc., makes an easy gift.


Looks like good choices.

The only thing I would advise you to do is check out how much the charity you want to support spends in administration costs vs. benefits paid out. They do have to disclose these costs, and I know there's some central website to make sure what you're giving is actually going to the people you want to help.


I applaud your desire to give Hugo.

I haven't given much in the way of money this year since I haven't had a paying job since last December, however I have given my time and plan to continue to do so next year. Hopefully after I graduate in March I'll get a paying gig and can help financially as well.

My focus will be with groups who serve Seattle's homeless population, particularly the youth such as the YMCA, Teen Feed, and ROOTS (shelter). I'll also continue to hunt for materials that can be donated to these groups. If I support any religious organization it will be Seattle's St. Mark's, which provides the best meal team the Y has and some truly inspirational people.

Beyond that, I don't know yet. I tend not to plan ahead a whole year. When I find a cause that strikes me and an organization that I feel will spend the money wisely, I'll give what I can. Innocence Project Northwest is a likely candidate in 2005.


i think those are all great charities. Now that i've returned to school, i no longer have the extra income i use to have, but i've committed myself to giving 1% to my high school over the next year.


KCET, KPCC, St. Anne's home for young mothers & The Pasadena Humane Society. Yami, just wondering, doesn't Heifer Intn'l creep you out a bit? Sending an animal to be slaughtered freaks me out. I totally get the hypocrisy in that statement btw, not being a vegetarian or anything. But I just couldn't reconcile saying "here's this cow shipped all the way to you from Montana, now kill it and eat it". I think it's the pictures of cute little children holding cute little bunny rabbits that turned me off the most, they're shown cuddling them like pets, not food.


Kelly, not at all. Obviously I'm not a vegetarian either, and I wasn't raised to think of meat as something that magically appears in the supermarket, I've got too many family ties to farmers for that :)

"Here's a cow, kill it and eat it" is a bit of an oversimplification, too - for one thing, the cow has a lot of milk to give before anyone thinks about eating it! Even the rabbits provide fertilizer. I suppose it's odd to think of kids cuddling their food animals, but photo-ops are generally not bound by logic...


Your post reminds me to try to find time to do some more serious thinking about my giving. I want to find an environmental organization to support, since I'm first and foremost an environmentalist, but a lot of the big ones tend to emphasize wilderness over environmental justice, so I have to do more research. I'm also considering giving fewer, larger donations -- it might be more effective at improving the world, even if it's less effective at letting me express my social convictions.

That said, I'll probably continue to support all or most of the organizations I gave to last year:

* Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. They provide instruments and music to poor schools.


* Human Rights Campaign

* Huntington's Disease Society of America. It's a rare disorder that runs in a good friend's family.

* Colgate University. My goal is eventually for my donations to equal the amount of financial aid they gave me, but at my current pace I'll have to live to be 10,000 years old to make it.

Col Steve



Heifer Intl doesn't send the cow from Montana, they may start in a country with appropriate stock, pref. indigenous to avoid importation quarantines and get animals appropriate for local feeding conditions/parasite and other pathogen resistance. They buy stock in that country and give families stock and "instructions" (ie, the mission has agricultural extension agent-type expertise).

John, you have no idea how antiquated the "young monarchist society" sounds to an American ear.

My usual human services charities are Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, local women's shelter. For international organisations, I like a "women are owners and leaders" attitude that promotes the economic potential of women (prototype being the Grameen Bank which makes microloans to women only, because of experience showing that the women were much more successful in starting up tiny businesses and put the money back into things benefiting their family and community, eg, school fees for all of their children, not just the boys).

My attitude about tithing to a specific church is that it is outmoded since there are now many non-individual-church-related avenues for human-services charity, and the amount of direct services to the poor delivered by a typical church attended by a middleclass blog reader is likely to be small. Most of its members do not need food assistance, heating bills paid, etc, and outreach may not be sizable partly due to lack of personnel, skills, suitable leadership, longterm commitment. So why not look at an organization specializing in AIDS service delivery to poor individuals and families, or whatever, as a portion of tithe? Of course there are the cost of a pastor to provide spiritual "services" to the congregation, and the heat and lights bill of the church building to consider, but generally for a congregation better off people, that doesn't take a whole congregations' tithe worth to pay salary and lights. Do we necessarily want to be putting money in fancier buildings? (see that old B&W holiday movie "The Bishop's Wife" with Niven, Grant, etc). "Father Jake Stops etc" had a recent post about buildings being mixed blessings.

I also donate to local arts organizations and to colleges. Diversify is my motto. Some human services, some congregational upkeep, some arts/education.


The Grameen Bank which makes microloans to women only, because of experience showing that the women were much more successful in starting up tiny businesses and put the money back into things benefiting their family and community, eg, school fees for all of their children, not just the boys

Ooh, microloans are such a great thing, very small but very empowering and with a big impact. There's also some group which has worked to survey slums and squatter's camps and draw up title to the little hovels. Sounds weird, but it's property, it's collateral, and it's a piece of something they've never had access to before.


Beyond my church, here are some of my favorite charities:

*The Navigators -- I have various staff members from my college days who I support.

*World Vision -- For community-level projects and family sponsorship

*Compassion International -- For child sponsorship

*Covenant House -- Great Roman Catholic-run homes and programs for homeless youth

*Prison Fellowship -- To reach those in prison with the gospel

*Open Doors -- For the persecuted church around the world

*International Justice Mission -- An outstanding evangelical Amnesty International-type organization

*Grace to You -- To support the radio ministry of a gifted Bible expositor (I disagree with his theology on many points, but I still appreciate his expositional skills)

*The Church Army -- A great Anglican organization dedicated to spreading the gospel and serving the poor

*Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry -- For being an orthodox, evangelical seminary in ECUSA

*Feed the Children -- To reach the hungry in the U.S.

*The Institute on Religion and Democracy -- To promote orthodoxy within mainline denominations

*The National Right to Life Committee -- Should be obvious


It is quite odvious that most of you no nothing about Heifer International. Heifer International just won the Hilton Humanitarian award. If you are not familar with that award and honor, you should do some research. It is quite an honor and the Hilton Foundation does extensive research into all the nominated organizations before making a selection.

If you care to find out more about Heifer, I can enlighten you. But, Heifer Interntional is not anything like - Here's the cow/Kill the cow.

Very sad they you are so missed informed.

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