I am not much for charities. Many of the larger ones use the money to line the pockets of executives more than anything. And the ones claiming they are looking for cures are generally not. Why would they want to bite off the hand that feeds them. Look at the American Cancer Society. Despite being the top grossing charity they have NEVER come up with a single advancement in cancer research. It has been reported that the majority of the money they get goes to executive salaries and travel expenses, followed by advertising. Less than 5% goes to helping individuals. And according to Barry Lynes the ACS conducts "hit lists" to see that any researchers coming up with effective cancer cures lose their research grants and are get blackballed from research facilities. Another great example is the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). I cringe every time the telethon comes around. Jerry Lewis implies he does this for the kids, but what people are not being told is that he is paid from the donations from the telethon. And what they fail to show is the previous "Jerry's Kids" protesting outside as they were cast aside after they outgrew their cuteness, and receive no assistance from the MDA. I also get upset watching the Christian Children's Fund commercials. These commercials are so much longer than the average commercial and they use to run them 5 or 6 times a night. How much could they help the children with all the money they spent on the extra long commercials being repeated so frequently?
Instead of donating to charities I would rather see people donate directly to individuals. Give a donation to someone who lost everything in a house fire. Or to a family who lost a family member needlessly and that cannot afford a burial. Or buy someone digging through the dumpsters for food a real meal. Or buy some food and donate it to the food bank. Buy a turkey and a few other food items for a family in need so they can have a nice Thanksgiving dinner............. At least this way you know your money will be going where it needs to go and that it will be making a difference to someone that really needs a helping hand.