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I gave money once to a charity that, I swear, turned around and used it to constantly inundate me with requests for more money. I used to regularly give to another charity in which I later found out that a disproportionate amount of donations went to administrative costs and high salaries. I understand that there are costs to administer charities, but I want to feel that my sacrifice goes to those who need it most.<br><br>
I really want to give to a charity that is helping with the crisis in Africa. If you don't know what is going on there, you really should educate yourself. It puts all our little gripes in perspective.<br><br>
At any rate, do you know if Oxfam is a good route to go with this?
 

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I know very little about them, but they have received a lot of criticism.<br><br>
See:<br><br><b>Why Oxfam is failing Africa</b><br><br><br><a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/200505300004" target="_blank">http://www.newstatesman.com/200505300004</a><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxfam#Criticism" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxfam#Criticism</a>
 

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Julz,<br><br>
consider looking into "Vegfam" instead. They provide famine relief also, but in a more sustainable, compassionate way, using non-animal foods and a small farm approach. The livestock model that some famine charities like Oxfam use is often a poor use of resources, environmentally harmful, not to mention harm to the animals themselves.
 

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This site lists 13 different charities that it recommends for giving aid to Africa. Oxfam-America is one of the 13 charities.<br><br><span style="font-family:'Courier New', Courier, mono;"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#CC0000;">THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT ONGOING RELIEF EFFORTS IN AFRICA<br><a href="http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/africa_crises.html" target="_blank">http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopic...ca_crises.html</a></span></span></span><b><span style="font-family:'Courier New', Courier, mono;"><span style="font-size:larger;"><span style="color:#CC0000;"><br></span></span></span></b>
 

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the list is interesting, but I know the American Red Cross tests on animals (for people who care about that). You can't control that your dollars go to famine relief rather than animal testing.
 

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Julz,<br><br>
consider looking into "Vegfam" instead. They provide famine relief also, but in a more sustainable, compassionate way, using non-animal foods and a small farm approach. The livestock model that some famine charities like Oxfam use is often a poor use of resources, environmentally harmful, not to mention harm to the animals themselves.</div>
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I've never heard of this before. Thanks!<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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This site lists 13 different charities that it recommends for giving aid to Africa. Oxfam-America is one of the 13 charities.<br><br><span style="font-family:'Courier New', Courier, mono;"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#CC0000;">THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT ONGOING RELIEF EFFORTS IN AFRICA<br><a href="http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/africa_crises.html" target="_blank">http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopic...ca_crises.html</a></span></span></span><b><span style="font-family:'Courier New', Courier, mono;"><span style="font-size:larger;"><span style="color:#CC0000;"><br></span></span></span></b></div>
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Yeah, I was on this site earlier, but was still unclear.
 
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