Help! Favorite Charities?
As 2010 rolls in I find myself with a salary again. Woohoo! That also means I have a chunk of budget for charity giving. I figure this is as good a time as any to find out if there are charities that I am not aware of that should get some dollars from me.
Some baseline rules – I prefer the long term. As an example, for aid to less fortunate people I prefer organizations trying to build positive institutions and/or habits to organizations delivering food or other aid. “Give a person a fish and he eats for a day, teach a person to fish and he eats for life.” That sort of thing.
Another rule is that I do not wish to support any organizations that “encourage” religious beliefs as part of the aid. Likewise, organizations that encourage anti-science or are doing things that are empirically unhelpful are ruled out, such as “abstinence only” AIDS programs.
Here are the categories I want to support:
- Science (as in doing science – SETI for example)
- Education/science outreach
- Disaster relief
- Third world aid
- Vaccination/health programs
Obviously, there will be a lot of category crossover, health and education are very important components of third world aid, for example.
So what are your favorites?