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There has been talk recently on the forums of donating money to a charity.
What we do here has never been about money, people help each other freely then in turn, the helped becomes the helper.
Some people appreciate the help but don't have the time or experience to be a helper and so may wish to give back in another way such as a donation.
I have no way of knowing how many people or how much would be raised so below I am offering a couple of ideas to see what the community feels is the best way to go.

We could gather a list of worthwhile charities then run a poll to see which are our community prefers. Once we have a list we can create a page that lists the preferred charities with a short description and a link.
Alternatively we could accept money through paypal and once we get to a certain amount or time span donate to our chosen charity.

Either way sounds fine to me.
The company I work for accepts donations http://www.speakout.com.au/donate
SpeakOut is a great organization and I get to see the changes in people first hand.
We are small and focus mainly on our local community as well as helping indigenous communities throughout Queensland.
Since CSS Creator has members world wide it may be better to look charities that are global.

So what is your preferred charity, would you like to save the environment, people in need, wildlife...
What is the easiest/best way to manage this.

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Anything to do with fighting

Anything to do with fighting global warming/climate change is good by me.

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A criteria would need to be

A criteria would need to be agreed as to what are deemed suitable 'charities, i.e avoiding any that may give rise to arguments.

Due to the forums international nature either a suitable international charity or charities need to be agreed on or a small selection from each of the main member countries (that could cause resentment though?)

One thing I do feel quite strongly about, but it is a personal feeling, is that large international organizations should be avoided, those where they spend more on advertising than small charities manage to raise in a year, I would personally prefer that donations be directed towards smaller charities that struggle to survive and where smaller donations really do make a difference, as an example only; recently watched a programm on a small childrens hospice, their care and help in the most devastating situation a family could find itself was moving beyond words, yet they receive no public funding and rely totaly on private donations to survive, that sort of charity definitely benefits from smaller donations.

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Hugo wrote:I would

Hugo wrote:
I would personally prefer that donations be directed towards smaller charities that struggle to survive

Unfortunately, those sort of charities are unlikely to have much broad appeal. If they're struggling to survive, it's doubtful someone from across the other side of the planet will have heard of them.

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Hugo wrote:

"It's a great idea in theory, how practical it would be to implement and control would be another matter, there are probably many problems trying to do this not obviously apparent."

Amen. But, I still think the charity idea is an excellent one.

Hugo continued:

"Due to the forums international nature either a suitable international charity or charities need to be agreed on or a small selection from each of the main member countries (that could cause resentment though?)"

A good case in point is a retail store with which I previously did business until I found out that their management gave a small percentage of their profits to an organization with whose goals I have big-time problems ... so I stoppped doing business with this store ... and it hurt because this store sold very good products.

I fear trying to get even a small group of people to agree on a short list, much less the large number of people that have been helped tremendously by this great forum.

But, I still think the charity idea is an excellent one .. so maybe a very short list is doable.

In the meantime ... what about each helped individual giving a small donation to one of their own local charities and telling csscreator.com helpers about it?

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I figure, since USA is

I figure, since USA is having an "obesity epidemic" that we rule them out of any help.

Yes I am American, yes I am fat, no I don't want your money.

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Charity or the business of charity?

I've given thought to this off and on since the subject was raised. I'm glad the Deuce resurrected the thread, as I'm ready to rant. Wink

There are issues with the professional charity. They're in the business, with a heavy dose of management types, drawing large salaries or benefiting from the high visibility positions. See Elizabeth Dole and the American Heart Assoc..

Other obvious charity businesses include the March of Dimes. They found they had made a major error when they tied their collections to polio. The Salk and Sabin polio vaccines killed their raison d'etre. Professionals, as they were, they realized their error, and wasting no time, reorganized to go after something unlikely to ever be fixed, birth defects. Then, there's the American Red Cross. A real charity does not bill its beneficiaries for its largess in a disaster. The Red Cross does.

Generally speaking, I do not support religious charities. That's not to say an individual shouldn't support his own. It's just that religions are by definition, bigoted. Hey, if you don't believe as I do, you're going to hell, or wherever. Before anyone gets p*ssed, religion does not equate to faith.

All that negativity aside, oddly enough, one charity I do feel good about supporting is the Salvation Army. It is one charity that is a charity from the ground up. It is not a charitable business, but a life's choice for its "soldiers".

Still, that's not a universal choice. So I think the best way to go with the contribution idea is to simply pick your own beneficiary and give them something. Find one that's helping someone directly. Then tell us about it. Not the amount, but just that you gave as a bit of payment for what help you got here.

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gary

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