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Epic Charity Challenge

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
People in Africa are starving again. The story's not big in the media, but children (and adults) are literally dying by the second. There's been another terrible drought on the Horn of Africa.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/arti...archived=False

With the first whiffs of cool air starting to ooze into Eastern Pa, I know the ski season can't be far off. Most of us spend hundreds and often thousands of dollars every season for our sporting passion. Before the season really kicks off, I hope you'll take just a moment to consider the great need of others in a far away place. OK, guilt-tripping over. I don't want to be a downer, so I thought I would create a little informal mini-competition among my fellow Bears.

Starting today until, say, the end of September, I'd like to challenge any Bears and their families to meet or beat my and my wife's modest donation of $25, to a hunger-alleviation program of your choice. That's less than half the price of most lift tickets. Less than a tank of gas. The cost of a single French Fry in Aspen. Not much. There are plenty of good charities to find here (www.charitynavigator.org).

Do I hear a $25.50???
post #2 of 20
I appreciate the challenge, my wife and I have our avenues where we donate our money.
post #3 of 20
Great idea and my heart goes out to all of the starving people throughout the world.

My last donation and the next donation will go to the poor people of Louisiana who still don't have a place to live and another hurricane is bearing down as we speak.
post #4 of 20
My challenge is do something for someone, guided by your own perspective on your means (regarding whether that giving involves time, money or both), which advances no economic, political or theological agenda.
post #5 of 20
Good on ya, Trotski! I don't support communicating publicly what we each do, but as the most blessed people on the planet, I am sure our gratitude is best reflected in our generosity to others. I applaud your challenge to us all.
post #6 of 20
Here's an organization you can donate to..

www.interplast.org

http://interplast.blogs.com/sri_lank...hee/index.html

While not food related it's medical related in third world countries.

My wife gives up several weeks a year to join this organization on medical missions.
post #7 of 20
Professor can you recommend a charity for this specific purpose you identified.?
I don't see any action here for your proposal as most folks have nothing in commom with africans and it is not a very glamorous issue.
This has always hampered recognition of the trouble on that continent. I believe this area has the highest potential for economic growth if it just could be allowed to stabilize. It is not on many countries agendas that they be allowed this as it would not be so easy for them to exploit for the lack of cohesive government and social programs

I'll take part in this challenge as I have already supported the save Darfur campaign . What would you suggest. So many charities are top heavy and not enough goes to those in need. Have you researched any of the charities you linked??
post #8 of 20
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Professor can you recommend a charity for this specific purpose you identified.?
I don't see any action here for your proposal as most folks have nothing in commom with africans and it is not a very glamorous issue.
This has always hampered recognition of the trouble on that continent. I believe this area has the highest potential for economic growth if it just could be allowed to stabilize. It is not on many countries agendas that they be allowed this as it would not be so easy for them to exploit for the lack of cohesive government and social programs

I'll take part in this challenge as I have already supported the save Darfur campaign . What would you suggest. So many charities are top heavy and not enough goes to those in need. Have you researched any of the charities you linked??
Sure Garry ... I just didn't want to be too pushy, you know?

But one of the best charities for African famine relief is Friends of the World Food Program. It is very highly rated, and sinks something like 95% of all its budget into the food program. It's not top-heavy at all: www.friendsofwfp.org

The people starving right now are so blameless, and there are SO MANY of them. I guess it is my knowledge that mothers are struggling to find anything to eat to feed their babies that really hits me hard.

My own baby son is a fat little hog, bursting with health. I feel like the best way I can show my gratitude for him is to help others. It's not hard for me to find inspiration. The images of what's happening are terrible and unforgettable: http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~peterr-s/zemi/global_issues/food_hunger/starving.jpg
post #9 of 20
I'm down for $30
I will research this group and consider a modest monthly amount.It's not much but it's a start.

Now if everybody did . We can help. a few more.
Every dollar counts.

Thank you Trotski .
post #10 of 20
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I don't see any action here for your proposal as most folks have nothing in commom with africans and it is not a very glamorous issue.
If your opinion had any role in supporting my self-esteem, I'd find this comment offensive. What action you do or don't see here seems to signify something to you but I'll venture that you're operating on unwarranted assumptions.
post #11 of 20
It is encouraging to see so many great organizations.
I recently chatted with another bear about volunteering time to a worthy cause. It's amazing, the self worth you can gain from such an endevor.

Due to this challenge, I've expanded my fiscal mission as well. Thanks for the push trotski!
post #12 of 20
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If your opinion had any role in supporting my self-esteem, I'd find this comment offensive. What action you do or don't see here seems to signify something to you but I'll venture that you're operating on unwarranted assumptions.
Didn't mean to offend. Africa does not get the attention it deserves and it seemed Trotsky's initiative got a collective yawn.
More of a statement on govermental policy than members here.
post #13 of 20
I have to support jstraw here. The way some things are worded it's almost like looking down at people that don't give to the the charity of ones choice. Giving can be a very personal thing. I like to assume that most everyone with means gives in their own way. If it's locally that's good too.
post #14 of 20
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I have to support jstraw here. The way some things are worded it's almost like looking down at people that don't give to the the charity of ones choice. Giving can be a very personal thing. I like to assume that most everyone with means gives in their own way. If it's locally that's good to.
To help someone in need is a worthy venture. To push someone into your personal issue is not proper.

The point of Trotski's post was that it takes so little of our money do collectively do a lot of good. Where , how much and to whom is a personal thing
I was trying to draw attention to a much overlooked need.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
There are many threads with debatable ideas, but I hope this one doesn't become one.

Garry, I really appreciate your desire to add attention to this issue, too, and to put your money where your mouth is. That's super commendable.

But I wanted to avoid being too prescriptive because charity is such a personal thing, and the world has so much need.

If this thread inspires someone to give to the charity of their choice, to renew an old pledge, or perhaps just to BE more charitable in their community, even if it has nothing to do with African famine, I think that's great, and it's the most I could ask for, IMHO.

That said, I did want to highlight an acute crisis which, in terms of sheer numbers and horror, is the worst humanitarian problem on the planet.

I just don't "get" why food is STILL a problem on this planet. It's been proven over and over that humans produce enough food to feed every person on the planet well. And yet, year and year, this sickening problem lingers.
post #16 of 20
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To help someone in need is a worthy venture. To push someone into your personal issue is not proper.
"I don't see any action here for your proposal..."

I took that as a judgemental remark designed to push in just that way. You seemed to be complaining that people were't chiming in here with their "action." It's possible that even those that would send money to Trotski's recommended recipient wouldn't feel the need to tell you about it.
post #17 of 20
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It's possible that even those that would send money to Trotski's recommended recipient wouldn't feel the need to tell ...
That is indeed a fact. I have been hearing by PM from people who have given without posting on the thread.

It's all good.
post #18 of 20
Doctors Without Borders is another fantastic charity btw.
post #19 of 20
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Doctors Without Borders is another fantastic charity btw.

Agreed. They go to places with more unrest than Interplast. Different mission.

Also Included in that type of Charity. (Friends and family members that have been with these organizations)

Operation Rainbow
Medico
Operation Smile
post #20 of 20
A charity I like: www.thehungersite.com/
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