Glenn McCoy by Glenn McCoy

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  1. comicgos

    comicgos said, over 5 years ago

    Support the Red Cross!

  2. prfesser

    prfesser said, over 5 years ago

    Actually, the Red Cross is one “charitable” organization I generally oppose on moral principle. There are many other organizations that are much more effective and less greedy.

  3. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 5 years ago

    Use Charity Navigator.

  4. W(ar).Crime

    W(ar).Crime said, over 5 years ago

    I’ve read a case study on the Red Cross. They’re a horrible organization. They’ve had several different CEOs (yes, CEOs), the local chapters aren’t in communication with the National chapters, they have no inventory controls in place, their handling of 9/11 and Katrina funds was deplorable, and they’ve had employees steal from the organization.

    If there ever was a charity NOT to donate to The American Red Cross is it.

  5. vhammon

    vhammon said, over 5 years ago

    Consider All Hands Volunteers http://hands.org/ They have an excellent record of funneling money where it is needed most, and provide one of the few options for average people who want to volunteer their labor for disaster relief.

  6. Bob Wells

    Bob Wells said, over 5 years ago

    You’ll never go wrong supporting the Salvation Army. I’ve seen their work firsthand…total labor of love.

  7. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    TCL, my perception of the Salvation Army is colored by its analog Save-A-Soul Mission in Guys and Dolls, but I’m willing to look beyond the proselytizing (beside, I think Jean Simmons was adorable). They are an explicitly Christian organization, and that’s their right. I don’t know if it’s possible to be a uniformed member of the S.A. if you’re Jewish or Muslim or atheist (I’m a bit uncomfortable using that abbreviation, actually), but they wouldn’t deny you help on that basis. They’re down there in the trenches. The old joke about S.A. soup kitchens is “If you want the dinner, you have to stay for the floor show”, but that’s their “mission” after all.

    I don’t know if they get involved in Disaster Relief as such, like the Red Cross, so I don’t know if they’ll really have a role in the current Japan situation, but I’ve got nothing against them.

    By the way, my understanding about the United Way is that it isn’t, in itself, a charitable organization as such. It’s an organization of such organizations, and money donated to them may be divied out to its members/affiliates, if you don’t specify where you want it to go (I’ve chosen to have money automatically deducted from my paycheck that goes to the United Way, but at the moment it’s not “directed”).

    My opinion of the United Way is generally good, but given its nature there’s a certain amount of overhead costs, and if you DO want to help with a specific cause (particularly in a crisis situation) it’s probably more cost-effective to donate towards that directly (and I’d imagine the United Way would be more than happy to provide information about who’s doing what).

  8. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    That’s of course entirely reasonable. It’s unfortunate but entirely true that all Worthy Causes are, to an extent, in competition with one another: short-term disaster relief competes with ongoing poverty relief, global charities compete with local charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind competes with Parkinson’s research, the collection jar down at Murphy’s Pub for Mick Flaherty’s funeral expenses competes with the Girl Scouts selling cookies around the corner. You can’t give to everybody, so you picks and chooses. (Personally, I don’t consider the Girl Scouts to have particularly great need in the grand scheme of things, but hey, at least you get cookies. Besides, Mick was a right bastard when he had his drink, if you ask me…)

  9. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 5 years ago

    the united way is nothing more than extortion for the benefit of the robber barrons that run large organizations.

    i was given the choice to contribute to the united way, or other “favorite” charities of the fortune 5 company i worked for.

    one of the choices was NOT to not contribute.

    they are corrupt. follow the money on those “automatic” deductions, you’ll be shocked where it ends up. try to make a choice of NOT contributing, you’ll get your bleeep fired, or end your possibilities of advancement within the company.

    my religion doesn’t consider it ‘charity’ if anyone knows about it. automatic deductions are, by definition, not charity because they are not anonomous.

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