December 28, 2009

Year-End Charitable Donations

give.jpgI can count on being bombarded each and every December with mailings from every charitable organization to which I have ever donated. All of the organizations I belong to, including the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Atheists, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and a few others have sent me requests for "special contributions" in the last month. A variety of other organizations I have not joined have done so as well. The envelopes are piling up, and there simply isn't enough money to meet all the outstretched hands, especially as I have has multiple unexpected expenses this year.

Deciding which groups to support is not particularly difficult, but it does require me to set priorities. My first priority is to maintain memberships in those organizations I have found valuable over the past year or more. This means that I renewed my memberships in most of the organizations I listed above. I also like to support the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals every year that funds permit.

My next priority this year will likely involve making a donation to the local animal shelter. I started doing this a couple years ago, and I got a dog there this last year. I have been extremely impressed with the people who work there and the service they provide to the community. I know they struggle to get by, and I want to support the work they do in the community.

How about you? How are you deciding what to support this year? There are so many good secular charities.

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