Most charitable causes originate with genuine intent to help.
Whether it be Medical Research, Local disaster support, Humanity missions local and international, Private schools . . . and the list goes on.
Sadly, some of these “non-profit organizations” evolve into “mega enterprises” with astonishing administrative costs and high paid executives resulting in only a fraction of the donation income actually being applied to the root cause.
They become insatiable money-mongers to fuel their massive operations, and the benefits derived by the subjects of the cause diminish over time.
What this creates is the emergence of high pressure fund raising tactics designed to get MORE money from the good folks who have donated in the past and HUGE (expensive) marketing campaigns to keep that money coming in.
So . . . I give a lot of money to charitable causes . . . but only to causes that I know are, indeed, causes that are making a difference with the money I give.
Here’s a GREAT example:
Daughter Allison Owen is participating in a Mission trip Haiti soon. She and 30 of her classmates will spend their Spring break treating over 3500 children with dental preventative care. The non-profit organization is one that was founded by 3 former students of her school and has the support of The Cathedral of the Incarnation (Catholic Diocese), and ALL of the funds raised go to the supplies needed to perform these treatments. 100% of the funds raised by the supplies which the students HAND CARRY in their checked baggage . . . and we parents pay for their travel and accommodations. If you are interested in learning more, visit http://BeHappyHaiti.org . . . While you’re there . . . If you are so inspired, make a donation . . . You can be assured that your donation will go DIRECTLY to the cause.
OBTW . . . You will NOT be hassled for future donations, but please know that these mission trips happen every year (and have for the past 3 years), so you can return to the site any time in the future to donate 🙂
I think this is an important thing to think about before you “pledge” money to any “charitable cause” regardless of how pushy the fund-raiser on the phone is. Do the research to be SURE that your money is doing what you want it to do . . . making a difference for the cause for which you have passion.