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#1 Old 12-25-2012, 10:10 AM
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After waiting several years, this Christmas I have recieved £60 to donate to charity! I wondered which charities are the most resourceful with their donations, who work to:

 

  • Promote veganism,
  • Protect and Improve the welfare of farmed animals,
  • Protect, restore and create habitats for animals, and/or
  • Provide the means for safe water and sanitation.

 

Animal Aid, Vegetarians International Voice for Animals, Compasion in World Farming, and Aspinal Foundation are some I can think of, but I don't know how effective they are, so please direct me to some powerful charities that I can support! Thanks!

 

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#2 Old 12-25-2012, 10:28 AM
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I'd look local first off, because you can visit and then judge for yourself whether you feel the charity is the kind of thing you want to support and whether your money can make a real difference there. You'll also be likely to gain greater personal satisfaction from being a positive part of a particular local initiative, than a big national or international generic one where you won't be able to see your cash in action.

 

Second, I'd look for small charities with specific targeted causes and ones which are headed by a dedicated volunteer base, because your money is much more likely to go straight to where it's needed and not be siphoned off in managers wages, marketing and other administrative blah blah. Also smaller charities are really financially suffering right now. The big ones are not, they invest a lot in aggressive campaigns which ensure them funding, but little charities simply don't have the resources to pump into advertising, marketing and such-like.

 

Do as much research as you can before you give. Ask people and groups you know, about initiatives in and around your area. I'd look for a local animal shelter or sanctuary, maybe somewhere that specialises in a particular species. Or maybe a local environmental initiative looking after habitat for rare toads or butterflies. Is there any kind of school / Uni outreach or similar educational initiatives headed by local veggie groups? 

 

Whatever it is, small, local, specific and volunteer headed means it'll be somewhere you can visit and see how it's run, and your money will be both deeply valued as well as generating genuine impact.


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#3 Old 12-25-2012, 06:26 PM
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Thank for the tips!

 

However, it's impossible to find a single charity in the little village I live in, and the closest animal sanctuaries are forty minutes away, so it probably won't be local, although I'll try to find small and dedicated ones where I can see their work in action! I don't have any experience with judging the trustworthiness and effectiveness though, so what things can I look out for?


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#4 Old 12-25-2012, 06:52 PM
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You might like:

 

Vegan Outreach  http://www.veganoutreach.org (really great organization that focuses on pamphlet outreach. I sometimes leaflet.)

Farm Sanctuary  http://www.farmsantuary.com (farm sanctuary for animals)

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary  http://woodstocksanctuary.org/ (another santuary for animals)

United Poultry Concerns http://upc-online.org/ (sanctuary for birds)

Compassion Over Killing http://www.cok.net  (Has the "we love subway" campaign and made it a huge hit. So now some subways have vegan options.

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#5 Old 12-26-2012, 01:31 AM
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I also recommend Vegan Outreach. They are great.

 

And I can recommend you this website: Effective Animal Activism
 

They try to find the best animal charities and volunteering opportunities. (Vegan Outreach is one of their current top charities.)

 

 

On donating locally: I don't think it's important whether an organisation is local or not. It's important how many animals they can help with the money.

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#6 Old 12-26-2012, 06:04 AM
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All the above are great. I'd also add Mercy For Animals to the list.

And since you're thinking of how to maximize your donation you may want to consider only organizations that have someone willing to match donations and thus double the total.
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#7 Old 12-28-2012, 09:40 AM
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naitram, that website is quite helpful!

 

Vegan Outreach looks promising, although I'm concerned that they focus too much on welfare (which still harms animals and the environment) than rights, but in spite of this they have reached literally eleven million people, so they're gaining a lot of attention which can encourage people to become more aware and supportive of veganism, so they may go on my list! Plus they're matching donations until this 31st of December!

 

Even though they don't seem to work as much on the root of the problem (getting people to stop buying the products of animal exploitation) as the result of it (rescuing and caring for the exploited animals), Woodstock Farm Sanctuary are persuasive at developing understanding and sympathy for the animals, and informing people on the negative effects of farming animals; I believe this kind of work is beneficial as an addition to Vegan Outreaches work, and they're matching donations too!

 

I like that Compassion Over Killing and Mercy for Animals both advocate veganism, but their achievements seem like general achievements in the animal rights/welfare movements altogether, rather than ones solely caused by themselves; I might donate to them, but I don't know yet!


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#8 Old 12-30-2012, 02:52 PM
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So far I've donated:

 

  • £15 to Vegan Outreach (£30 because of matching),
  • £10 to Mercy for Animals (£20 because of matching),
  • £10 to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (£20 because of matching)

 

My mum suggested that instead of donating to lots of charities (I was planning on six so that each was given £10), I ought to donate more to less charities, so now that I have £25 left, what should I do?


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- Voltair

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Mahatma Ghandi

"Even dust piled up will grow into a mountain."

- Japanese Proverb

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#9 Old 12-30-2012, 03:32 PM
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I agree with your mum. Every donor means a certain effort for an organisation such as sending fundraising letters. So it's better to donate more to less charities. I would give the money to the organisations you've already donated to.

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#10 Old 12-30-2012, 04:32 PM
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That seems reasonable, athough I'd still like a third opinion (no offence, naitram!) before I make any decisions!

 

A few of them stop matching after the 31st (it's New Years Eve now!), so I'll decide before then!


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- The Golden Rule

"No snowflake in an avalanche feels responsible."

- Voltair

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Mahatma Ghandi

"Even dust piled up will grow into a mountain."

- Japanese Proverb

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#11 Old 12-30-2012, 08:28 PM
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What about BUAV?

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#12 Old 01-01-2013, 05:25 PM
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I donated the rest of the money to Vegan Outreach and Mercy for Animals plus some of my own to Farm Sanctuary (I might donate to BUAV in the future)!

 

Thanks for your help, everyone! smiley.gif


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- The Golden Rule

"No snowflake in an avalanche feels responsible."

- Voltair

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Mahatma Ghandi

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- Japanese Proverb

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#13 Old 01-03-2013, 04:04 AM
 
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Mercy for Animals, and United Poultry Concerns are my favorites.  UPC particularly around here because Tyson has a factory in the area, and there are countless chicken producers.  If you've ever seen a a Truck loaded with crates full of these poor helpless birds making its way to slaughter...Sometimes they fall out of the crates and are hit by cars on the road because they are to crippled by their weight to move.  It makes want to cry just thinking about it. :(

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