Two years ago at this time, I identified three of the charities I support every year and do so again at the end of this post. In that post and this, I lamented how I am inundated with solicitations from various worthy organizations, often receiving ten solicitations a day in my “snail mail,” many from organizations to which I have never donated, some advocating for causes about which I’d never heard.
Today, as I began the process of making my end of the year contributions, I started sorting through the solicitations I had saved in a pile behind my desk. What struck me was how certain groups sent out numerous missives (some nearly identical) over a very short period of time. Many offered free gifts, others defined every letter as “urgent,” a handful told me to renew my annual membership to organizations I had never joined.
Some offered free gifts. Now, I understand that in this world, a group often needs a gimmick to call attention to itself. And groups that are excessively aggressive in their fundraising do do good work with the funds they receive. Once again, I wish to highlight three of the groups I support largely because they, unlike so many organizations aren’t that aggressive.
Each does good work in its own way, so, as your finances allow, please join me in supporting these organizations:
- “The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. .” Click here to donate.
- The Lamp Community helps “people living with severe mental illness move from streets to homes. Lamp offers immediate access to affordable, safe and permanent housing without requiring sobriety or participation in treatment.” Click here to donate.
- “The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.” They’ve done yeoman’s work on healthcare reform, promoting free market alternatives and challenging what was once the conventional wisdom on global warming. Click here to donate.
Two years ago, I wrote, “strive to be generous throughout the year. Even if you don’t support these groups, please find a worthy cause to support. Or a lonely friend to visit. It’s not just through our donations that we can show our generosity.” I repeat that plea today.