I have raffle tickets, people! A dollar a pop, proceeds go to Harmony House, a LEED-certified no kill cat shelter on the north side. The raffle is June 9, and first prize is a kitten! Okay, it’s all cash prizes, starting at $500.
I also give to an orphanage in Uganda–I have a friend on the board there. And I clean off my book shelves every year and take the stuff I’m getting rid of to Open Books. I try to leave the store with fewer books than I’ve donated.
Our church, my alma mater, a variety of charities and non-for profits (March of Dimes, On Your Feet Foundation, National Coalition of Cancer Survivors, others when attending a wake or funeral).
Have to agree with 47th Ward on % - does the giving of time mean anything?
In the past, we’ve written big checks to Cabrini Green Legal Aid and to support Prentice Hospital.
For various reasons, we’ve sort of stepped away from charitable stuff the past year or so. We take deductions for material we donate(old clothes, etc. to places like Goodwill) but we no longer write the checks.
Part of it is self-centered and part of it is that our incomes have gone down.
I donate to the nonprofit I work for and the local United Way. I was a bit embarrassed to do the math and see the amount was a little under 1% of my income. I have donated to some national charities in the past but regretted it when I became inundated with calls and mailings for further donations.
- What is to be done? - Monday, Apr 29, 13 @ 12:08 pm:
I support March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Dakota Partnership (Native American/Church group to Souix Reservation),Church, YMEN (N Lawndale group keeping men out of Gangs and helping get them into college- successfully) Support our Tropps Illinois, — I am an easy touch..I also work at most of the org I support, so it is time as well as $$$ All told, I am around 11% or so. (I don’t donate for tax purposes, but also make sure I include them on my tax forms….) I am fortunate enough to be able to help and glad to do so.
Usually our church, various cancer related charities, local Hospice, and clothing donations to several veteran’s organizations. I am not sure of the percentage of our income but it is very small (maybe 1%).
My church, Habitat for Humanity, my alma mater, Planned Parenthood, Feeding America, Carter Center, Interfaith Alliance, PBS (several public radio stations), Boys & Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, a few others. Came to just under nine percent (9%) of income in 2012.
I contribute in a hap hazard fashion and never have kept track of it to take the deduction either. A couple I can remember is Public Radio, National Parks Conservation Association, American Cancer Society, Illinois Sheriffs Association, St Jude’s Research Hospital, Ducks Unlimited, and Rich Whitney’s campaign fund.
My church (and some like-minded charible organizations), and some charities for aiding the homeless and special needs children.
All together, I try to hit at least 10% of gross income, and plan to increase that percentage in the next few years as some debts are finally paid off.
I donate back to the non-profit I work for. I also donate money and time to a women’s non-profit organization that I am a member. I also donate to the Glass Slipper project, ETA Theater and a couple churches. I never take the deduction but it’s probably somewhere near 3-4% of my income.
Lots of serious comments
How about boats and video poker as a pass through to the school kids
Cigars as a pass through to public health
Indiana fireworks as a pass through to never ending disaster relief
501(c)3’s that stage golf outings at private clubs
Then the boring stuff Church, YMCA, St. Jude (but no running allowed) local stuff
Attempting to set aside 10%. Usually this is a challenge, but the pass through expansion puts the goal in reach
Chicago Food Depository, alma maters, kids current school, hodge podge of others.
A %age smaller than it should be.
For those who do not claim it–do you not itemize? If you do itemize, do you feel it’s not worth the record-keeping trouble (or it’s all non-cash)? Or are you doing the ‘voluntary’ payment of extra taxes thing (ie, also donating to the Federal and IL government)?
It seems to me that comparisons of charitable giving are unfairly skewed by donations to churchs. Those that give large chunks of their incomes to churches may be seen as more “charitable” individuals. But it remains to be seen how much of these funds actually get put toward true charitable causes. And I don’t consider proselytising to be one of those.
I donate to disaster relief funds, like for Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings.
Like many of you, I also have charity needs in the family, so I’m always helping some friend or relative. One of my relatives recently became disabled and began receiving public assistance: SSDI, SNAP and Medicare. Even with the government benefits, we give this person money on pretty much a regular basis to try to keep him out of utter poverty.
- Just The Way It Is One - Monday, Apr 29, 13 @ 6:04 pm:
To the Church and a few other Charities–both in cash and property. % wise roughly in the 3-4% range…
Church, some outdoor/conservation things like Lincoln Memorial Garden, arts things, Central Illinois Food Bank, I like to give to the missions but my wife doesn’t, she likes to give to the Dems but I think I’ve about got her talked out of it, Big Bro/Sis, Goodwill and Salvation Army in kind, Catholic Charities on occasion, public broadcasting on occasion, really whoever seems to need it the worst that year. I think we might have touched 10% a couple of years ago when the wife pumped up the Sangamon County Community Foundation pretty good. Not normally anywhere near that. I itemize and claim every last dime, figuring it’s a stewardship issue - the more you can reduce your taxes honestly, the more you can afford to give.