Nation Trust for Historic Preservation. The Audobon Society.
On and on and on.
There are enough charities and good causes to deplete the bank account of Warren Buffet, himself. Although, I guess he prefers giving $5,000,000,000 to the Bank of America (give may not be the word…invest is the word). It seems that everywhere you turn there is some organization that has some ongoing cost that needs your help.
Then there are the natural disasters – Haiti, Japan, Somalia. Wherever people have earthquakes or droughts or tsunamis. Give, give, give.
The New Charity – Individuals
It seems there is a new movement afoot. The individual who needs help.
You may not know him or her. Or you may know the person only by reputation or, maybe, there in the same profession you’re in. Maybe it’s a child.
The point is that instead of being asked to give to The American Cancer Society or whatever, you’re being asked to donate something, anything to a particular individual. Why? Medical bills, mostly. Or maybe to help someone make the mortgage. Or legal bills.
You feel kind of like you should help. Maybe you want to help.
But there are so many.
I’ve actually lost count of the number of times I’ve gotten an e-mail or a Facebook appeal or Twitter appeal for John Jones or Jane Smith. Send anything you can, the appeal says. Here’s a website where you can donate. No donation is too small.
How Can You Tell It’s Legit
Other than the fact that I don’t have an endless pool of money to keep donating t worthy causes, I often wonder how I can tell it’s legit. Sure. Someone I know is making the plea for help. Surely, they’re not being bamboozled. Or they really do know the needy person and are really trying to be a Good Samaritan.
But, I’ll never know if my $25 or $50 or $100 is really going to pay medical bills or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mix for the kids….or a day at the spa for the stressed out mom/wife. Maybe I shouldn’t care. After all, that same money might be paying the salary of the telemarketer or the executive director of whatever big name charity gets my money.
The fact is, I’m getting a bit of charity fatigue. I’d like to help but I have my own needs which include medical bills and mortgages and food. Plus, there’s just so many. It’s overwhelming.