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        05-23-2012, 04:39 PM
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    Trained
    aspca hmmm

    Okay, this isn't about horses, its about who you donate to and who, exactly, benefits. I donate to the aspca, if I know someone w "everything", I donate in their name as a gift, etc.,. But, they constantly send me expensive mailers - full glossy pages in full sized (8x11) brochures, etc.,. That is expensive - VERY. Why spend the money asking for more money from someone you KNOW is keenly aware of your organization and already donates? WHy not spend it getting the word out...or hey! Better yet! ON THE ANIMALS? I realize they have to raise money...but I am beginning to question how much, exactly, of every dollar goes to help an animal - and how wisely they spend their dollars.

    I have decided to just stick w donating to the local animal sanctuary - I can see what they are doing b/c I donate time, also. No question, they are doing a fantastic job and the money goes to the care and welfare of as many animals as they can take.

    Unwanted weather report: Right now its so windy outside, I can't even donate time to my own horse!
         
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        05-23-2012, 04:46 PM
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    Trained
    They are a little heavy on the fund raising costs.... Charity Navigator Rating - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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        05-23-2012, 05:03 PM
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    Weanling
    I suppose it is possible that the cost to make the brochures was comped by the printing company.

    I do see your concerns though. I think the local shelters are in general more in need of donations.
         
        05-23-2012, 05:19 PM
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    Green Broke
    I, personally, am more a fan of supporting the local organizations when it comes to this sort of thing -- HSUS, ASPCA, etc are not really up there on my list of "I feel like my money goes to benefit the cause I am trying to support". I gladly give to the local HS and animal rescues/groups, because I see my dollars going to direct use rather than large-scale lobbying, advertisement, supporting massive staff, etc. Yes, it is important that there are people in those situations to do the lobbying, etc on the large scale - I just prefer to put my personal dollars to use on the smaller/local scale.
         
        05-23-2012, 05:22 PM
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    Green Broke
    We think the same thing about the children's hospital that we donate too.. I mean we don't have thousands to donate, so when they constantly send us these mailouts and reminders and envelopes etc .. we joke that our ENTIRE donation went to a monthly mailout fund .... *shrug*
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        05-23-2012, 05:37 PM
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    Green Broke
    Yes, the national organizations spend a lot on fund-raising. Many heads of these non-profits make quite large salaries. I knew someone that saw the inside goings-on of City of Hope-they had lots of meetings-all high $$ catered. I, too give & volunteer locally-then you know you are making a difference.
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        05-23-2012, 05:53 PM
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    Green Broke
    I buy bags of horse feed for a local group or go pay on their feed bill at the fee store. We donate bags of dog feed and service hours to the local rescue. I want to know where my money goes.
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        05-23-2012, 06:23 PM
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    Trained
    Thats a great link, painthorse. Judging from all the responses - everyone already came to the same conclusion as I...I am just slow on the uptake. :)

    That's neat, cakemom - a very honorable thing to do, in my book. Our friends do something similar in the form of a "party". They have a St. Patrick's party every year....they send out invites with a stated "entrance fee" of anything on the provided list (cat or dog food or toy, blankets, etc.,) for the sanctuary. You just put it in the back of their pick-up on your way in - and they just haul it to the sanctuary the next day. Let me tell you...they get a load!!!!!
         
        05-23-2012, 07:58 PM
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    Green Broke
    That's awesome!! Entrance to the 4h party this year was a bag of dog food.
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        05-24-2012, 01:17 AM
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    I don't often agree with Missy May on a lot of things, but I do agree with this gripe. It gets me , too. I have a set number of charities that I give to every year. I am really irked when after I send them some money, they send me a glossy thankyou letter, with another "invitation" to donate again. Not all of them do this, and the ones that send calendars, and greeting cards, using up my donation in ways I dont' want it used, will soon be off my list.

    I am getting interested in participating in KIVA, where average folks like me and you can actually "lend" money to small businessmen around the world in the form of microloans, that get paid back, with minor interest. It's cool to see the names , faces and stories of these people, who want to borrow a thousand dollars or such (spread over many donors) to enlarge their microbusinesses to support their children and give them an education. Really cool idea.
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