Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

And Now, a Charity Promotion Thread

So, in the last week I’ve posted up two promotional threads for authors and other creative sorts to promote their work, so you can go out and get some great gifts for the holidays. But the holidays are also a fine time to be thinking of others outside of your friends and family as well, and for helping others. Many of you already give generously to charity, and have favorite organizations or causes to which you like to give. Some of you would like to give to charity, but maybe don’t know where to start.

That’s where this thread comes in. Folks, in this thread I invite you to promote your favorite charities to the rest of the readers here, so they can learn about the charity and possibly decide to put it on their own giving list for the year. Again, this site gets up to 45,000 readers a day, most of whom, I suspect, are the giving sort, so it’s a good way to bring a little attention to the things you support in your own life.

Here are the posting rules for this thread:

1. Anyone can post, and if you work or are actively involved with a charity, feel free to promote it as well. However –

2. Please promote only registered, non-profit, tax-deductible charities and organizations, with a focus on those doing charitable, educational or humanitarian work. In the US, the most common charitable organization designation is “501(c)(3)“; quite obviously in other countries the designation will be different. The reason to insist on this is a) to avoid any scams or otherwise shady “charitable” organizations, b) because people like being able to claim tax deductions. If I find an organization being promoted here that isn’t a registered, non-profit, tax-deductible charity or organization, I’m likely to delete the comment promoting it. So, if you’re not sure, check before posting, please.

Also: please no political parties, political action committees, 527 groups or their various cognates in other countries. Let’s keep the focus on groups doing charitable, educational and humanitarian work. Again, generally, in the US, look for charities or organizations with a 501(3)(c) status.

3. One post per person, please. You can promote more than one charity if you like, but it’s probably best to focus on one or at most two charities that are important to you. A laundry list of charities will just encourage people to scroll to the next comment.

4. Related to the above, your description of the charity brief (there will be a lot of posts, I’m guessing) and informative. Imagine the person is in front of you as you tell them about the charity and is interested but easily distracted.

5. You may include a link to the charity if you like by using standard HTML link scripting. Be warned that if you include too many links (typically three or more) your post may get sent to the moderating queue. If this happens, don’t panic: I’ll be going in through the day to release moderated posts. Note that posts will occasionally go into the moderation queue semi-randomly; Don’t panic about that either.

6. The comment thread is only for promoting charities; any other extraneous bits will be snipped out.

And there you have it.

Two final quick things:

One, those of you thinking about the charities you see listed here may benefit also from Charity Navigator or Charity Watch, which evaluate different charities on their effectiveness.

Two, a quick reminder for you all that my own charitable thing for the year, the Clash of the Geeks chapbook, is still out there for your delight and as a fund-raiser for the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America. Downloading the electronic chapbook is free, but there’s a donation link on the site ($5 suggested), and all donations go directly to the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America. If you haven’t checked it out yet, check it out, already!

So: What charities would you like to tell people about today?