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Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 04:01 AM
I am opening my very own small business (selling my handmade stuff online)( YAY!! ) but i need a charity or cause to have as my stores main charity. i would like $1-$2 dollars of every product sold to go to the charity. donations will go out in bulk once or twice a month.

but the question is WHAT CHARITY?

here are the requirements:

a LEAST 95˘ of every dollar must go directly to the cause, i.e. administration costs must be very low.

a gift that keeps on giving. the charity must have some multiplying effect. it must be something that gives for a long time, saves lives or multiplies so that my clients get a bigger bang for their buck.

must not be scammy

must not be controversial. i love a good controversy my clients will not. so no planned parenthood, no operation rescue, no gop, no dnc.

must accept donations in any amount as the donations will be different every month.

must be long term. ie. not for japan :sad:

so far the top pick is:

www.unicefusa.org/kind

Be K.I.N.D. to a student in Malawi. Donate a desk.

Every day, millions of children throughout Africa struggle to learn while sitting on the floor or on the ground outdoors. Giving them a desk, where they can write and concentrate, is the first step towards creating an educational system that attracts, and keeps, eager young students.

Join the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" in an ambitious campaign called K.I.N.D.: Kids in Need of Desks to provide 46,000 desks for 172 schools in UNICEF Malawi’s Schools for Africa network.

By making a tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today, you can pick one or more students up off the ground and help pave their way to a better education and brighter future.

Sally Struthers
Mar 25th, 2011, 04:05 AM
out of curiosity, what kinds of things are you selling?

I make all of my donations to the American Cancer Society

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 04:42 AM
out of curiosity, what kinds of things are you selling?

I make all of my donations to the American Cancer Society

i am knitting and crocheting luxury accessories and housewares using natural fibers and high fashion style.

and i just screwed up something awful. i spent two hours taking pictures and then deleted them by accidents. and yes i was stupid enough to have also deleted them from the back up :( now i have to start over :(

plantman
Mar 25th, 2011, 06:17 AM
Are these considered an luxury accessories item Wigglytuff?


http://www.swampcrone.com/?p=8

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 07:54 AM
Are these considered an luxury accessories item Wigglytuff?


http://www.swampcrone.com/?p=8

Something tells me not to trust the link so didn't click on it. :sad: :scared:

young_gunner913
Mar 25th, 2011, 07:56 AM
Maybe you could make donations for Japan atm? In high school I started learning how to do stencils for T-shirts and I was selling them around school when I learned of the genocide in Darfur and I started making T-Shirts with slogans about Darfur and empowering images and not only did they sell like hotcakes around school and town, but I donated 50% of all my profits (around $450) to an aid organization. Donating most of the money ultimitely ended my buisness cause I sepnt the other half of the money on buying supplies. It's fun to do for a while, but it's really time consuming but if it's for a good cause, then more power to you.

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 10:57 AM
Maybe you could make donations for Japan atm? In high school I started learning how to do stencils for T-shirts and I was selling them around school when I learned of the genocide in Darfur and I started making T-Shirts with slogans about Darfur and empowering images and not only did they sell like hotcakes around school and town, but I donated 50% of all my profits (around $450) to an aid organization. Donating most of the money ultimitely ended my buisness cause I sepnt the other half of the money on buying supplies. It's fun to do for a while, but it's really time consuming but if it's for a good cause, then more power to you.

Thanks! That's a great idea!

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 02:40 PM
i still need suggestions for a long term charity however....

Kuilli
Mar 25th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Medical Teams International has been one I have donated to for many years. They used to be called Northwest Medical Teams, and are based in Portland, Oregon. In recent years, they have joined with other partners and are now a global organization.

They are always very quick to respond to any disaster by sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies etc. Many Oregon and Washington doctors and nurses volunteer with them. They also provide free dental clinics in US. Plus, they have many other programs worldwide (currently in 28 countries).

Their administration costs are less than 2%, so 98% of the contributions go directly toward the services and programs. All their financials are available on the website.

They are an organization based on Christian values, though, so not sure if that suits you. However, they are not affiliated with any church or denomination. They are an independent nonprofit organization, and they help everyone in need.

http://www.medicalteams.org

plantman
Mar 25th, 2011, 05:07 PM
i still need suggestions for a long term charity however....

Asking for suggestions for a charity seems rather an odd request. I see it as a rather personal choice myself. One that you feel drawn too.

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 05:46 PM
Asking for suggestions for a charity seems rather an odd request. I see it as a rather personal choice myself. One that you feel drawn too.

Of course, BUT and this is a big BUT, in asking people about charities, I am hoping to learn about new charities or ones that have been around for ages that I did not previously know about. I asked a friend about this weeks ago and that's how I found out about K.I.N.D., kids in need of desks. I want to make sure that I am doing the best for my customers by finding out as much as I can about available options.

Lastly, I want to make triple sure that there are no issues with the charities of my choice. It's this way that I found out about some problems with the red cross.

Wigglytuff
Mar 25th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Medical Teams International has been one I have donated to for many years. They used to be called Northwest Medical Teams, and are based in Portland, Oregon. In recent years, they have joined with other partners and are now a global organization.

They are always very quick to respond to any disaster by sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies etc. Many Oregon and Washington doctors and nurses volunteer with them. They also provide free dental clinics in US. Plus, they have many other programs worldwide (currently in 28 countries).

Their administration costs are less than 2%, so 98% of the contributions go directly toward the services and programs. All their financials are available on the website.

They are an organization based on Christian values, though, so not sure if that suits you. However, they are not affiliated with any church or denomination. They are an independent nonprofit organization, and they help everyone in need.

http://www.medicalteams.org

Thank you I will read up on them.

Leelee.
Jun 28th, 2011, 05:08 AM
Wiggytuff be an entrepeneurin' player, fo sheez.