Last February, I wrote about my one-year plan of donating to a different US charity every month. I met that goal, and I’m happy I did! I donated over $300 to twelve different charities. During the year, I noted a couple of observations on this process, along with a whitelist and blacklist of charities for future donations.Whitelist & Blacklist
American Humanist Association
Cancer Research Institute
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
Kids in Need Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The Trevor Project
Here are my whitelist and blacklist. I’ve gone into detail below on why I will no longer support the ones on my blacklist. I was quite surprised by a few of the ones that did make it onto my blacklist, but they did, unfortunately.
I don’t like solicitation. I don’t like it when people request me to do certain things, and begging for more money is one of the things I cannot stand. Imagine my surprise when charities I donated to kept asking for more donations. It seriously aggravated me to the point that I made notes of charities that kept asking for more donations. I get it — they need the funds to do their missions, but asking me for more does exactly the opposite: it turns me away. Let me do things on my own terms and time, for donating to charities is always in the back of my mind.
The other thing that annoyed me? Getting junk paper mail from charities to thank me or to solicit for more donations. Every time I checked mail and saw those junk mail, this was going through my mind: !@#$%!@#$%!@#$%. It’s a huge waste of paper, and that in turn is a waste of my donated funds since it’s paying for the paper and postage. When I donate, I donate so they can use it towards their mission. Sending me paper junk mail is not a mission I support at all! I wish charities would give you the option to opt out of paper and email communication!
Regardless of the two issues about, it pleases me that I donated to these US charities. Being way over here in Korea means I am not able to donate my time, so the next best thing to do is to donate money. I will continue to donate to the charities on my whitelist whenever I can. I’ve also set my Amazon Smile to donate to American Humanist Association, so that’s another way I’ll contribute this year. Hopefully, the charities on my whitelist will not solicit and send me junk mail this year!