Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thinking about donating your money to charities?

This is a partial list. They are highly reputable organizations according to Charity Navigator. In other words, more than 90% of your donation will go to the cause and not program, administrative, fundraising, and CEO expenses:

Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (866) 232-8484 

Central Illinois Food Bank, 1937 East Cook Rd., Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 522-4022 (Teachers ask Teachers choose) 134 W. 37th St., Floor 11, New York, NY 10018, (212) 239-3615

Environmental Defense Fund, 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 (800) 684-3322

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (800) 259-4636

Medical Teams International, 14150 Southwest Milton Court, Tigard, OR 97224 (800) 959-4325

Midwest Food Bank, 1703 South Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61701 (309) 663-5350

National Alliance to End Homelessness, 1518 K Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 638-1526

Natural Resources Defense Council, P.O. Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 22116-972 (212) 727-2700

Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 443-6910 

P.A.W.S. of Chicago (70/70), 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 475-4242

P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park, 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, IL 60477 (815) 464-7298 (Though not rated by Charity Navigator, my dear friend John Dillon, works there…)

Pesticide Action Network North America 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1200, Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 788-9020

Sierra Club, 85 Second Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 995-1780 

Charity Navigator, 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, New Jersey 07452


  1. As part of my course introducing moral philosophy, in an effort to connect with an initiative Dr. Fletcher launched urging study across the curriculum of the theme of "vocation," I now require my student's to read an excerpt from Peter Singer's book on "effective altruism." As you may now, EA is all about planning for and executing a rational program of giving on the part of those (nearly all in developed countries) with [some] means. A good part of what's involved is critical analysis of the efficacy of charitable organizations ... EA connects with the theme of "vocation," because Singer argues that choice of career(s) is one of the key decisions a person makes with bearing on her moral obligations to others. See:

    1. Thank you, Martin.

      “Effective altruism differs from other philanthropic practices because of its emphasis on quantitatively comparing charitable causes and interventions with the goal of maximizing certain moral values. In this way it is similar to consequentialism, which some leaders of the movement explicitly endorse.

      “The views of the philosopher Peter Singer in particular helped give rise to the effective altruist movement. Singer's book The Life You Can Save argued for the basic philosophy of effective giving, claiming that people have a moral imperative to donate more because of the existence of extreme poverty. In the book, Singer argued that people should use charity evaluators to determine how to make their donations most effective. Singer personally gives a third of his income to charity…

      “Effective altruist organizations claim that some charities are far more effective than others, either because some do not achieve their goals or because of variability in the cost of achieving those goals. When possible, they seek to identify charities that are highly cost-effective, meaning that they achieve a large benefit for a given amount of money…”


  2. From John Borta:

    "Please add The Center for Enriched Living to your list. It's a great organization and Charity Navigator 4-star. (I'm on the board)."

    1. "Founded in 1968, The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. We see a future where every person with a developmental disability is an equal, valued and contributing member of the community. At CEL, we provide opportunities for our members – the people who come to CEL – to make new friends, have fun and acquire new skills for social inclusion and independent living. And because 84% of our members are at or below the federal poverty level, we keep our fees low and offer scholarships for all programs!"-Charity Navigator