charity organizations

you know i will never forgive yall for blatantly ignoring or making fun of taylor’s counterlawsuit against a man who sexually assaulted her in public. she even vowed to donate any money she receives to charity organizations dedicated to protecting victims of sexual assault and rape (x). and yall just didnt care. guess shes a snake or whatever…

Does anyone know of some good charities with minimum donation amounts below $5.00?

See, I have $4.92 left on this visa gift card thing I got for my birthday. If I let it sit on the card for too long, the card itself will be charged $2.00 a month until it’s used up. All the small things I’d want to buy have shipping costs that are more than the amount of money I actually have, and the two charities I’ve looked in to (The Girl Effect and Doctors Without Borders) have minimum donation amounts of $10 or $5, respectively.

I really don’t want this e-change to go to waste, and it would be awesome if it actually went towards helping people, but I also don’t want it to go to anything shady (i.e, organizations where the bulk of money goes to administration or religious groups that would use the money to evangelize instead of actually helping).

Suggestions?

overheard recently at a Goodwill near me...
  • Shopper A (outside fitting room):Oooh, that's cute! Really, REALLY cute.
  • Shopper B (inside fitting room, with door open):I know! I *do* like it! And it fits perfectly. But it's $8.
  • Shopper A:It looks really good on you, though. Do you think it's $8 cute?
  • Shopper B:Not GOODWILL $8 cute. I'm going to pass on it, I think.
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  • I listened to this exchange from the adjacent fitting room, and I felt bad for a number of reasons. First of all, it's really disappointing to go shopping at Goodwill and pay only marginally less than retail, so I completely understand Shopper B's POV on this. However, I strongly support the work Goodwill does in the community, so for me it's still worth it to pay $8 for something secondhand that I like and that fits perfectly. Some people feel differently on that score. That's their prerogative. Not everyone HAS to feel the same way I do.
  • But I feel like this is an issue Goodwill needs to pay attention to. Look, people KNOW they're buying (often) secondhand* clothes/shoes/home goods/etc from Goodwill, even if the store is clean, well-lit, organized, and has a friendly staff. For the record, I like stores that are all of the above. But tarting up a Goodwill store does not fundamentally change its product. And MOST of the inventory at your local Goodwill is acquired for FREE, outside of the salary of the employees paid to take and sort through the donations. I understand the desire to maximize profit (and in this case I'm not totally opposed, assuming that profit is furthering Goodwill's work in the community. But then you run up against those people for whom paying higher prices is simply not an option. I think part of Goodwill's calculus on pricing should be accessibility to those with lower incomes, so the issue kind of cuts both ways here), but EVERYONE knows what they're buying was acquired a virtually no cost by the organization. For most people, there's no reason to pay prices for secondhand clothing that can are only a few dollars less than new clothing sold at major discount retailers (Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, etc). It doesn't bother ME, but most people I know would consider a purchase of a NEW item of clothing to be a better value than a pre-owned item that costs only $2 less.
  • So, I will continue to make Goodwills and other donation-based thrift stores my focus when clothes shopping, but my motivation for doing so is evolving. Initially, it was simply cost. Over the last year and a half I've been able to update my wardrobe to meet my needs at 1/5 OR LESS the price of new, which has made the process both quicker and financially/emotionally less painful than it has been in the past. I've been able to experiment with styles and trends that I otherwise wouldn't have because with lower $$ investment comes a lower fear of mistakes. It's the, "Eh, whatever, it cost $2," effect. Now, however, I'm going to have to look at it from the perspective of Doing The Most Good. I will make every attempt to buy secondhand because of the good work charity shops do in the communities they serve. I will make every effort to buy secondhand because of the reduced environmental cost - It's not just the idea that the item you purchased is saved from the landfill. There's also the "reduced**" manufacturing, packaging, and shipping costs. I have been thinking about this a lot, and I've begun to feel very strongly about it. I expect you'll see more posts of this nature in the future ;)
  • So yeah. Basically this:I'm still on the thrift wagon, even if I'm not 100% on board with higher prices at the Goodwill.
  • * Yes, some of Goodwill's inventory is new deadstock. This is not the subject of my critique, and I have no problem paying a slightly higher price for this merchandise.
  • ** I say "reduced" in scare quotes because those costs have already been outlayed - they're what's called "sunk cost." But if you calculate that cost out over the use-life of the item, you are "reducing" it by extending the item's lifespan.