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    I have recently been thinking about what I can do to help others, this has been further rammed home to me by the recent Manchester attacks. My business does pretty well so I've decided I am going to give 1% of all my profits to charity, by setting up a pot of money at the end of each company year and selecting worthy causes to donate to each month.

    I know there are some pretty successful people on this forum (including many of the successful inustry players who are lurkers), so I was wondering do you guys give to charity? If so how often etc? Would anyone care to join me in committing to 1% of company profits to charity? I don't think that's a lot of money (%) to commit to especially for the decent affiliates? It'd be nice to think of people maybe giving something back who've done well for themselves.

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    I give food to this alimentation bank and I'm recently trying to help animals by giving food and money for treatments

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    Food for the animal shelters.

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    I donate to Unicef when I can.

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    can u be sure unicef dont waste your money ? no u cant...this is the problem....

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    I donate monthly to local Red Cross centre (around 2% of profits). Working in such a lucrative industry, I believe we have a great opportunity to help the less fortunate ones and should help out whenever we can.
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    I used to donate to well known charities, before I had a clue what sort of parasitic demons many of them actually are. These days, no big charity gets money from me - ever.

    That said, I donate more now than I've ever done in the past, but I donate precisely to causes, local charities, or people, who I know NEED the money and will USE it for what it's intended.

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    UNCHR ambassador, Kiva Lender (LCB Team), Unicef donor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FictionNet View Post
    I used to donate to well known charities, before I had a clue what sort of parasitic demons many of them actually are. These days, no big charity gets money from me - ever.

    That said, I donate more now than I've ever done in the past, but I donate precisely to causes, local charities, or people, who I know NEED the money and will USE it for what it's intended.
    Yeh I agree with this, a lot of big charities have highly paid 'organisers' at their head who are on 6 figure salaries which is just disgusting really.

    I tend to give to local causes and appeals e.g. someone needing a life saving surgery or a local small charity.

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    Jim,

    You may find it more rewarding and more impactful if you set up your own charity. I've worked as a volunteer youth football coach for quite some time now. I've "scholarshipped" several "inner city" players who do not have the financial resources to join into the club I was affiliated with, covering a large portion of their "tuition" with my work.

    The problem is that I only have a limited amount of spots available to do this, so likewise, the number of kids who can benefit from this is limited. Additionally, the club is not set up as a non-profit and thus does not qualify for any type of charitable donations.

    We are in the process of setting up a new football club for next season. This club will be set up as a non-profit and as such, will be eligible for charitable contributions from myself and others. Additionally, any volunteer work that I (or anyone else) do will be eligible for "matching grants".

    Forming my own organization in this situation will make me better able to reach more at need youth than I can at my current club, as I can make room for far more kids without placing the financial risk on anyone else. This was always a concern to me so I was careful not to take on too many kids and just took on the number of kids that equaled my work + my personal financial contribution level.

    Finally, forming your own charitable organization will allow you to be in control of your vision, focus, and target groups. This will let you better direct your money for charitable purposes.

    Note that one does not need to be nearly as involved to the level I am planning to be involved. With this particular project, I am very hands on and wouldn't have it any other way. However, if I chose to do so, I could set the organization up and solicit other people (paid and volunteer) to run it for me or to run any aspect of the org that I do not want to be involved with. I say this because I do not want to dissuade anyone who reads this and thinks it is a good idea but hesitates because it sounds like entirely too much work.

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    We don't turn down people or animals who come asking for our help. When we notice someone needs our help, we step up and offer it. That's the precursor to being a human being, I believe, and many neglect this part even if they do good elsewhere.

    Will try to give more, and more often, though I dislike organized charities so it's difficult to find a good one. As an example, one of my next targets is a church order that actually helps people. Will try to come up with something significant to give to them. So, it's not a charity, they do good, they aren't asking for money - but they will get it as soon as I find time to walk up and knock on the door.

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    I am trying to give around $100-200 a year to charities, not very big sum, but every little helps. As of charities in the UK, I don't trust them, so I either help a person directly, or most often support older people or to orphanages back in Estonia, or in Belarus or Russia, where standards of living are much lower than in the UK.

    Owners of big charities have huge salaries, yet they hire volunteers and don't pay them anything, I don't like this hierarchy at all. Other than that Uk government is kinda helping anyone with benefits who is willing to work. If you don't want to work, then you are on the streets, it is more or less your decision..
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    Tbh not as much as we should. We actually have a pot of funds earmarked to give away to charities but it's knowing where it would be best used...

    We run some local information sites and one of the things we want to do is start finding smaller local charities in those areas who we can help out, but it's finding the time to research them.

    In all likelyhood the wife will probably decide to just give it to a dogs charity!
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    Yes I do donate monthly to cancer research as it is an important one for me personally.

    Previously I also gave to a homeless shelter but I stopped that when they kept on using paid, outsourced sales teams to phone me up and hassle me into increasing my monthly contribution. I understand that they want more money but I think it really sucks when they go about things that way. So I'm looking for another local homeless charity to send that money to instead.

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    I give to the local food bank and to various organizations within my community.
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    I do about 2k a month, help run a food bank and run a children's football team. I also do direct action like arranging with a takeaway to pay for people food for a few hours or something like that. Some of the people might not need the help, but it might inspire them to do something nice and pay it forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoyMitchell View Post
    I like this idea, little things like that are good, as are just random acts of kindness that don't necessarily involve money. I might do something like that soon if I can think of something original.

    I hope some of you might commit to at least 1% of profits though (or more). I'm sure by some of the examples that is already happening of course.

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    I donate part of my salary to the kids with cancer foundation here. They do send out mail to show you where your money is going.

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    Previously I also gave to a homeless shelter but I stopped that when they kept on using paid, outsourced sales teams to phone me up and hassle me into increasing my monthly contribution.
    They also do the phone calls to try and get more money though which really annoys me tbh. If I had more money to give them I'd already be doing it.
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    I donate to a few cancer research foundations.

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