Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Suggestions for Christmas Charity donations please

Christmas treeWhere has all the time gone? It seems like it was only yesterday that I was writing last year's version of this post!

For the last five years, I've asked readers to give me suggestions for Christmas charity donations (see 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). This year there's around £800 to give away, and all sensible suggestions are welcome :-).


Anonymous said...

Hi GB, Can I suggest the following charities:
- The Passage Homeless Centre
- Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
I hope you find this useful ;)

Sandeep xx

Anonymous said...

Hi GB, Diversity Role Models are my charity of choice at the moment!
They do amazing work in schools fighting homophobic bullying.

GB said...

I've recently discovered that the Charity Commission website is a great resource for seeing how much money each charity has, and whether they spend all the money that they get given. If one knows the registered charity number, one can enter it on the front page of the web site and get taken straight to all the information about the charity, where the "financial history" page is the most revealing.

As a result of looking at the Charity Commission website, I've decided not to follow Sandeep's suggestion that I should donate to The Passage Homeless Centre (charity number 287207). That charity has run a big surplus versus their spending for many years, and for some reason they've recently fallen below the reporting threshold, so I'm not sure how active they are now. Instead, I've donated £200 to Crisis (charity number 1082947), which has similar aims and is one of my old favourites. Regarding Sandeep's other suggestions, they're both animal charities. I generally prefer charities that help people, nonetheless I've given £15 each to the Battersea dogs and cats home (charity number 206394) and the RSPCA (charity number 219099).

The other suggestion Diveristy Role Models (charity number 1142548) is a new charity, so financial information isn't available. But it seems like a worthy cause so I gave them £100.

For the rest, I've relied on suggestions from previous years. So I've given £300 to the Albert Kennedy Trust (charity number 1093815), £100 to Papyrus (charity number 1070896), and £100 to GMFA (charity number 1076854).

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions :-). And I hope everyone has a Happy Christmas, and a prosperous new year!

GB xxx

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