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Old 10-14-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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This time of year, we all get a lot of requests for monetary donations. Being charitable with time and/or money is, of course, a mitzva. I have found that there are a lot of messi groups who are VERY good at disguising their intentions, but when you look a little harder, they usually give themselves away.

What are your favorite Jewish charities to give to? Do you give to non Jewish charities? Have you had a problem with messi groups trying to disguise themselves in order to get Jewish donations, and what do you do about it?
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:26 AM
 
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This time of year, we all get a lot of requests for monetary donations. Being charitable with time and/or money is, of course, a mitzva. I have found that there are a lot of messi groups who are VERY good at disguising their intentions, but when you look a little harder, they usually give themselves away.

What are your favorite Jewish charities to give to? Do you give to non Jewish charities? Have you had a problem with messi groups trying to disguise themselves in order to get Jewish donations, and what do you do about it?
When I have extra cash, I usually give to my rabbi's discretionary fund. The money is used to help anyone in our shul who might be in a difficult situation. They're not told who made the donation that helped them, and the donor isn't told who was helped by the donation, so that no one is embarrassed.

I also give to Chabad, in appreciation of their calendars that I pick up in kosher restaurants, or the Shabbat tea-light candles they give me when I'm away from home and not prepared for Shabbat.

A non-Jewish charity that I regularly donate to is a local animal shelter. I wish I could give more to other charities (both for humans and animals), but there's only so much I can do. If there's a disaster somewhere and the organization collecting for the people checks out okay, I'll scrape up for that.

I've never had a problem with messies trying to get a donation from me. My Spidey Sense is strong and I can generally spot them right away.


EDIT: I also give to MAZON. If you're having a simcha, this is a way to share your joy with others who are hungry and aren't at your table.
https://www.charitynavigator.org/ind...ary&orgid=4060
https://www.give.org/charity-reviews...ngeles-ca-3163
https://www.charitywatch.org/chariti...onse-to-hunger

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Old 10-15-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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I haven't heard of MAZON. Will have to check it out.

I also give to the Rabbi's discretionary fund, or money to the shul, because then I don't worry. (I know funds can be diverted from anywhere, but I'm pretty confident our shul money is spent wisely). I give as much as I can to the animal shelter, which is easy, because I get gift cards from doing surveys and then donate it right to them. I only give to one Christian organization, who funds Thanksgiving dinners every year, since it's a personal tradition in our family to fund some meals for that day. I think I have given to the Jews for Judaism in the past, and I give to the Chabad sometimes. I also do some one on one work with homeless which is done on a non-denominational level. That's actually my favorite thing to do, although I know that we shouldn't pick and choose favorite mitzvot. I make sure I pay my shul dues on time, as it seems like they are always having to remind people and I feel that's probably not their favorite job, to chase people down for the dues and building maintenance fees. When I donate time, I don't do it for Christian organizations that want to make sure you'll preach about Jesus while you're volunteering or require the recipients to go to their services. If there happen to be Christians there, I don't avoid them, but I'm not going to be in the middle of any preaching or pushing recipients of services to go to religious events.

I haven't encountered many "Messianic" J's but I would scrutinize anything I gave and make sure they never get one cent of support or time from me. I tend to give to the same "safe" things all of the time.

Was going to talk my husband into being a foster parent after our son graduates, but the local agency here that the state uses for help only wants Christian parents (and they don't count Catholics as Christian. No Jews, Muslims or any other religions are chosen to foster). There's a big debate on whether they are able to do that legally and ethically, but I don't have time to fight that battle, so I won't, and wouldn't give them one cent if they asked me for donations. The local soup kitchen, at one time, didn't want atheists. I'm not an atheist, but I wouldn't volunteer there. I'm debating a United Way donation currently. I'm obviously different from TO Jews who devote all of their resources into Jewish agencies, but I'm okay with my decisions.
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Old 10-18-2019, 10:12 PM
 
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Judaism 101: Tzedakah: Charity
This shows that Jews here are only 2% of the population, but 30% of the most generous donors.
24.5% of donors of more than 10 mil a yr are Jewish.
That was one of the things that attracted me to Judaism, their charity work, donations and volunteering. I donate to “ My Jewish learning”, since I learned so much on it, Aish, Chabad.org,NH federation for the same reason.
I also like Jews for Judaism, tons of good videos.Jewfaq also is very valuable. Of course, the Jewish national fund. The Shiva. Com or org, has nice Yahrzeit candles and Jerusalem rocks that come in a pouch, I think that most people use them on graves.
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Old Today, 04:01 PM
 
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Judaism 101: Tzedakah: Charity
This shows that Jews here are only 2% of the population, but 30% of the most generous donors.
24.5% of donors of more than 10 mil a yr are Jewish.
That was one of the things that attracted me to Judaism, their charity work, donations and volunteering. I donate to “ My Jewish learning”, since I learned so much on it, Aish, Chabad.org,NH federation for the same reason.



We're very well represented in nonprofit leadership, as well!



Most of my philanthropic endeavors go toward nonprofits supporting ill young adults, especially young adults with cancer. I survived stage IV cancer at 23 and found there was virtually no financial support if you made too much for welfare, but you also didn't have a work history long enough to have saved much or worked your way into a higher income. It's really important to me to draw attention to this population and increase services available to a very vulnerable group.

I sit on the board of one related nonprofit and give both my time and treasures to several more, and I can't help but notice that most of these organizations were founded and largely run by Jewish folks. It's something I'm very proud of!

Outside of the young adult illness landscape, I've been a big sister through Jewish Big Brothers, Big Sisters (basically the same as general BBBS but run through a JCC) and give to my alma mater's general and study abroad funds, and also give to a handful of nonprofits addressing global development and environmental causes. Always in multiples of 18.

Before I give to anything, I check out their score on Charity Navigator, review their 990s, and investigate their websites. As a result, I don't have the slightest bit of worry about being taken in by a bad actor.
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