Friday, December 19, 2008

Check Your Charities


This is another non-Oracle, personal posting. I just found a great service for rating charities. The holidays are a traditional time for donations, but there's a wide mix of charities out there looking for your money, some good, some predatory. My favorite, Modest Needs, came out with a 4 out of 4 star rating on the Charity Navigator website. 

Charity Navigator analyzes charities based on several factors, notably the administrative overhead that can eat up donations. Just as I thought, Modest Needs has a very low overhead, and does a lot of good work in this world. The site allows you to register, which lets you save favorite charities so you can compare them, dive deeper into the menuing system, get the inevitable email newsletter, etc.

With the tough economic times, Modest Needs is likely to get a lot more requests this coming year, so it's a great time to start a monthly donation to them, even if it's a small one.

The worst charity I was able to find, by the way, is the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation. These folks burn through $3.40 in admin and fundraising for every dollar that actually goes to accomplish something for the charity. No wonder turtles always look so sad.

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