charities

So I never post on Tumblr anymore but I felt like this needed to be put here.

I’m really bad at infographics, but someone asked a question in a group I’m in that merited this one being created.

We always talk a lot about why certain organisations are bad and others are good in the autistic community, but what we don’t usually do is establish where most of those good organisations are and what the GREAT ones are doing on top of that.

Here’s a handy guide we can use when examining local and national organisations! It is in no way comprehensive, of course.

(And yes, it does have a copyright with my real name on it because I really don’t want this being shared without proper credit.)

[Image description: Infographic with title ‘A Guide for Identifying Good Autism Organizations (and how they can improve!)’.

© 2017 Samantha Perry

There is a table with two columns labelled ‘Baseline’ and 'Better’. The text from left to right in each row is transcribed below.

Does the organization have multiple autistic people in their leadership?

Is the organization founded by or run entirely by autistic people?

Does the organization use proper language (identity-first, no functioning labels)?

Does the organization actively renounce and denounce person-first language and functioning labels?

Does the organization avoid imagery such as puzzle pieces or ‘light it up blue’?

Does the organization use neurodiversity imagery such as the rainbow infinity symbol?

Does the organization support legislation that benefits autistic people and reject legislation that harms them?

Does the organization actively campaign for/ against legislation that impacts the autistic community, and encourage civic participation (calling lawmakers, protesting, etc.)?

Does the organization focus on supporting autistic people through self-advocacy?

Does the organization denounce ‘treatments’ and ‘cures’ for autistic people?

Does the organization fundraise only to support its daily operation and not for ‘research’ or ‘treatments’?

Does the organization fundraise to directly benefit autistic people and their families in the local community?

Does the organization validate self-diagnosed autistic people and communicate reasons why many autistic people may be self-diagnosed?

Does the organization actively include self-diagnosed people and work to create solutions within the medical community that reduce barriers to diagnosis?

Does the organization acknowledge autistic adults exist?

Does the organization involve, support, and validate autistic people of all ages?

Is the organization focused on helping autistic people rather than focusing on families and caregivers?

Is the organization focused on pioneering coping strategies and self-advocacy for autistic people, regardless of age or ability?]

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honestly, I’ll fucking reblog any donations post, people donate to charities all the time, I’m just givin yall the option to directly impact someone’s life instead of feed into some charity owners million dollar bank account. 

You get to decide which cause you wanna support tbh, you wanna directly stop someone from being homeless? Bam done, you can contribute to that. 

You wanna help someone get medications ?? bam done you can contribute to that

you wanna help someone go back to school? Done, you have access to information on who needs help with that

And so on. Donation posts are the new age of charity, now I’m not saying this is a good thing, no doubt our government should at very least have safety nets up for its people in needs, however, this is just another product of capitalism, a new way to provide charity.

We are so sad and sorry to hear that Robin Twist, beloved husband of Anne and stepfather of Gemma and Harry, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our hearts are with Robin’s family and dear ones at this difficult time. Our fandom will always remember his supportive, caring personality.

If you would like to consider donating or getting involved in the fight against cancer, please check out this list of charities that Anne has supported over the years. 

With love,
the TMHFN/RD team

As many of you already know, it’s really looking bad in Aleppo right now. Here’s some recommendations for charities serving refugees or offering humanitarian aid for civilians caught in the Syrian Civil War.

  • *TULIP for Syria Relief* specializes in providing short-term life-saving emergency relief for Syrians in the country or on the Syrian-Turkish border
  • *Helping Hand for Relief and Development* specializes in providing global humanitarian relief in Syria, Burma, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Haiti, Mexico and many other countries
  • *International Rescue Committee* specializes in global humanitarian aid and development
  • *Islamic Relief* specializes in providing international humanitarian relief. They provided 40,000 gallons of clean water to Flint, Michigan recently
  • *Karam Foundation* specializes in education services for Syrian children resettled in Turkey & currently raising funds to rebuild schools in Syria
  • *Mercy Corps* specializes in global humanitarian aid. Currently serving displaced Syrian families with immediate needs for food, water and shelter
  • *Sunrise USA* specializes in providing emergency relief, trauma-care and orphan sponsorships
  • *Limbs for Life Foundation* specializes in providing prosthetic limbs to amputees in Syria and other countries like Nigeria and Mongolia
  • *NuDay Syria* my friend’s mother created this org. Provides humanitarian, education and financial services to Syrian women and children
  • *Hand in Hand for Syria* - works inside Syria, taking emergency humanitarian aid to the people in most desperate need. 

— Sarah Harvard, Identities Mic writer

Well, I thought it was about time that I showed the full piece that I did for the Winter in Inkopolis Zine (https://winterininkopoliszine.tumblr.com) There were a lot of really talented artists that participated in this zine, so I hope to those who ordered the physical copies would really love the zine to its fullest extent. I wanted to thank @justdanifornow​ for running the show and having the patience of a saint in waiting for my submission. X’D 

For people who missed out on the limited pre-orders for physical copies, you can order the digital copy for 7$. Please check this link out for more details. https://winterininkopoliszine.tumblr.com/post/159151155292/winter-in-inkopolis-digital-version-now-available

The money also goes to Child’s Play charity so it was nice to do something for a good cause. 

You can find more in depth information [complete with links] on all of these charities/projects here.

*All photo credits go to Jack, Finn, my terrible screenshotting skills, whoever took the Toms picture, whoever took the picture of Jack and Ella hugging, and the photographer who took that last picture of them.

Bad moms cast and crew pic! Proudly rocking our “MOTHER LOVER” tee shirts to support #badmoms everywhere! Each tee supports Alliance of Moms and their work to support and empower teen moms in foster care. Because everybody loves a mother somewhere. Find your perfect fit at omaze.com/motherlover or through the link in our bio. #Motherlover #BadMomsXmas

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I’m selling this pin for $3.50! Plus $1 for shipping and basically $2 of every sale is going to the SAMS USA Syrian Medical Foundation which has over 100 medical centers in Syria.
I live in Greece and refugees are everywhere. I have never met a safer, kinder, more amiable and wonderful group of people. Please let them into your country and to your hearts.

Please reblog I’m really excited about this!

etsy link for pangeamea

anonymous asked:

Just curious (feel free to ignore if you want)...what's your opinion on the Animal Liberation Front and Direct Action Everywhere? I know you've criticized PETA multiple times, and since these are other organizations who have been known for being more extreme in their activism, I was wondering if you were against them, too? Are there any big-name groups you support?

I’m a supporter of the work that Animal Liberation Front do. I still think that education and advocacy is the only way we will ever meaningfully secure rights for animals, but I do support direct liberation and economic sabotage as well. It’s hard to really form a sweeping judgement of Direct Action Everywhere since they’re so varied in their groups and activities, but I do have some issues with some of their methods. I have serious doubts about the effectiveness of storming into supermarkets to harass meat eaters at the checkout, which I’ve seen for myself a few times. I feel like advocacy and protest in public spaces is far more effective and is much less likely to turn people away from our cause. 

I am more a supporter of protest movements than I am of any of the big charities, for example I think that what the Save movement are doing in Europe and America I think is really admirable, as well as various small-scale education groups and saboteurs. The only big animal based charities I have no reservations about are Farm Sanctuary and Sea Shepherd. As for the big names like Mercy For Animals and Animal Aid, they definitely do a great deal of good, but I still see them pushing a welfarist agenda and celebrating tiny concessions by the meat and dairy industries, and while I understand the reasoning behind it and the need to gain supporters and funding, I still hate to see it.

In celebration of Shark Week starting tonight, and just sharks in general, I created a design to sell on redbubble. All proceeds made from the design will be donated to Shark Savers, a program by WildAid focused on saving sharks and mantas. For more information on why sharks are important, please check out the description on the design’s page and please considering buying a product! And if you don’t like the design but want to help out, donate to Shark Savers!

I am not affiliated with Shark Week, Shark Savers, or Wild Aid.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/hollyeatinger/works/22284095-world-of-sharks

I’m not going to dispute that a lot of charities are total scams, but some of the charity callout posts I’ve seen circulating on Tumblr lately have revealed some pretty bizarre expectations about how charities operate.

Like, I just ran across one banging on about how a particular cancer research charity was obviously a scam because its public filings revealed that only 65% of the money it took in was ultimately spent on cancer research. I mean, that’s not great, and certainly, some charitable foundations manage to break 90% some years, but research-oriented charities always have higher administrative overhead than those that focus on providing services or performing community outreach - 65% is actually fairly reasonable for a research foundation.

In particular, folks seem to routinely get up in arms about the fact that this or that charity is paying its officers a salary - like, not the amount of the salary, but the fact that there’s a salary at all. I mean, what did you expect? Only the smallest charities can rely entirely on volunteer administrators; any foundation of any significant size has gotta have at least a few full-time organisers onboard, and, well, they’ve gotta eat. If you see a charity whose full-time organisers aren’t drawing salaries, I guarantee you you’re looking at a bunch of trust fund kids - which is not necessarily who you want in charge for some causes, y’know?

I mean, I totally get wanting to make sure your donations are well-spent, but a lot of folks simply don’t have a realistic picture of what’s involved.

ID #10348

Name: Riad
Age: 20
Country: Egypt

I’m just looking for someone to talk to, i don’t think i ever had the luxury of being able to talk freely anout what’s on my mind or what’s going on with me without being scared of having my intentions misrepresented. Which is why i usually keep to myself most of the time, but it got to the point where it’s intolerable.

I’m a music addict, college student majoring in computer softwate engineering. Boxer though i’m taking it seriously as i’m scheming plans to turn pro after college. Also a volunteer in charity orgs.

Preferences:  Anyone who is around my age really.

Does anyone know where someone under 18 can get free (or inexpensive) binders? For the UK or a global organisation that will send to the UK. Please message me if you know and if not signal boosting would be much appreciated! (Also if the organisation will be discreet and not need parents permission that would be best) thank you.

5 charities and organizations you can support to help Syrian refugees

1. Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: n/a

PCRF describes itself on its website as “a non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to healing the wounds of war and occupation in the Middle East.”

Charity Watch gives it the highest possible rating in its overall score, as well as in the subcategories of “financial” and “accountability and transparency.”

PCRF spends nearly 90% of its funds on the programs it runs. Donors can give directly to its #promise4syria campaign, which provides humanitarian assistance and medical care to Syrian children.

2. International Rescue Committee

IRC is renowned for its work with refugee, displaced and vulnerable populations around the world.

The organization is working with more than 1.4 million Syrians, half of whom are children, providing medical care, emergency provisions and counseling for those who’ve been traumatized by the civil war, according to its website.

3. Islamic Relief USA

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: n/a

IRUSA has initiatives like winterization, which provides Syrian refugees living in Lebanon with food, heaters, plastic sheeting and other supplies needed in order to survive harsh winter weather conditions.

Beyond this initiative, it also provides assistance through items and services like diapers, bathroom and shower units, cooking sets and education, to name a few.

IRUSA has been operating in areas cities like Aleppo — where an estimated quarter-million Syrians are trapped as the eastern part of the city is besieged and barraged by Syrian- and Russian-backed missile strikes.

4. American Refugee Committee

ARC is committed to helping the roughly 12 million Syrians who have been displaced by the war. It achieves this by providing “water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in collective shelters, protection support for women and girls facing violence and distribution of much-needed emergency items for people who have fled their homes but are still inside Syria,” its site explains.

ARC also works with “citizen humanitarians,” like former lawyers and doctors, who provide critical assistance to those in need.

It received a top score from both Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, meaning it uses its funds extremely effectively and practices transparency as an organization.

5. Doctors Without Borders USA/ Medecins Sans Frontieres USA

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: A

MSF is providing medical and humanitarian assistance throughout Syria, including the besieged East Aleppo.

It backs and supports around 70 hospitals and clinics throughout the country. More than 7,000 people died from war-related injuries in their affiliated facilities in 2015 alone, but in the same year, these hospitals also treated more than 150,000 wounded, about a third of whom were women and children.

Their hospitals are frequently subject to airstrikes and bombings, but the organization remains undeterred in its efforts to assist vulnerable Syrian citizens.

Has anyone else seen those “please donate $ to me, I am mentally ill, gay, trans, and homeless” posts going around on tumblr? People will legit donate 100s of 1000s of $ to these people blogging that they need funding. Unless you personally know that person or their circumstances, then those are literally the equivalent of scam emails. 

I get that intentions are good, but verifying at least some info first would be a good idea, such as how they’re finding time and internet access to make a blog in the first place. Also note that there are MUCH more secure ways to donate money to causes like that. Individual begging posts on tumblr are suspicious as fuck.

How to pick the right charity to donate to

it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start and what charities are worth your time and money. Even worse, some “charities” are downright fraudulent — like four major cancer charities that were exposed last year for spending only 3% of $187 million in funds on actual cancer patients.

But don’t fret: There are a few well-established organizations that evaluate charities for you. GiveWell is a nonprofit that vets and rates charities. CharityWatch is another, and Charity Navigator is yet another.

“People unfortunately tend to not do much in the way of research,” CharityWatch president and evaluator Daniel Borochoff told CNBC. “I would strongly encourage them to, because they can exponentially improve the effectiveness of their giving.”

CharityWatch takes a “deep dive” into charities’ use of funds, examining their efficiency, and “exposes nonprofit abuses.”

  • The watchdog ranks charities through an A-F grading system.
  •  It also evaluates how much of the money raised is spent on the actual program it serves — versus its overhead costs. 
  • Efficiency is measured in terms of how much a charity spends for every $100 raised.
  • You can check out evaluations of charities’ “governance and transparency” and learn about high-ranking officers’ salaries.

Charity Navigator is another watchdog that examines the efficacy of charities in terms of financial health, accountability and transparency.

  • You can view charities’ ratings along these dimensions — the maximum is four stars.
  • Charity Navigator also has an assortment of top 10 lists, including everything from most financially inefficient charities to charities with the most consecutive 4-star ratings.

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