There are over 1 million charities in the United States. Which one should get your hard earned money?
The sad truth is that not all non-profits are created equal. Some are great, and some… well, they’re not so great.
There's this one with New York Time best seller Greg Mortenson. Instead of building schools, his charity spent $4.9 million advertising his books, $4 million buying copies of his book to give to schools and libraries, paid inappropriate speaking fees to Mortenson and had paid for charter flights for family vacations, clothing and Internet downloads. Plus, the schools he did build are vacant and shabby.
Or this one where a pet charity only spent $500k of the $14 million it raised on the pets.
Oh, and check out this CNN segment where Charity Watch gave D and F ratings to 2/3rd of the charities they evaluated.
It's too bad that there are people who will take advantage of your generosity. It's also possible that they're good people who just don't know how to run a charity or how to help people help themselves. The end result is the same... Your hard earned money is wasted. Your donation didn't make the world a better place..
Do you feel like...
Your donation is too small to make a difference?
Do you wonder what happens to your donation after you make it?
Are you too busy to research a charity before you donate?
Do you wonder how to choose a good charity anyway?
What do you look for and where do you look for it?
You are not alone!! I used to feel the same way. Throughout my life, I have donated to help animals, the environment, the homeless, the poor, the Food Bank, the Red Cross and more. You name it, and I’ve probably sent them money. Like many others in today’s economy, the few dollars I had left at the end of the month for philanthropy weren’t making a significant difference for the causes I cared most about– until I discovered the power of giving circles.
Your donation only makes a difference, IF it goes to the right charity!
Your donation can be wasted on…
1. Programs that don’t work.
2. Charities that struggle with organizational efficiency.
3. Charities that have high operating costs.
4. Charities who pay large salaries for fund raisers.
5. Or charity directors and founders who embezzle your donation or commit fraud.
How are you supposed to have to the time, energy, and knowledge to figure out which are the good ones from the bad ones?
Our Virtual Giving Circles Are Your Donation Team!
Choose Your Cause
A Virtual Giving Circle is simple. We pool our small donations ($25/month) with the donations of other people who care who also care about the same cause. We become your donation team. You and other members suggest charities for us to consider, our donation committee researches those charities, and then you vote on which charity you think is going to make the biggest difference. The charity who gets the most votes receives our group donation.
For more information about how we work, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
With a donation team, you can know that you’re giving to the right charity, that your donation is going to be used in the right way and that it will make a big difference!
Build The Giving Muscle
If $25/month feels out of reach for you right now, let me introduce you to the Build the Giving Muscle program. Sometimes, it’s not easy to start at $25/month. So, we created the “Build the Giving Muscle” program. The first month, your credit or debit card is charged $1, then the next month, it’s $5. The next is $10, then $15, then $20, and then, finally it’s $25. So, in six months, you work up to $25/month. Most people find that their budget naturally works it way around donating $25/month when they work up to it slowly. In just six months you’ll find that supporting your favorite cause is so easy you won’t even have to think about where to find the money. The drawback to donating less than $25 is that you won’t get to nominate charities for us to consider or vote on which charity we donate to until you’ve reached the $25/month level.
What Will Your Donation Do?
Together, we support great charities across the country.
The Pets Giving Circle helped Detroit set up their first No Kill Animal Rescue. We’ve made donations to support animal shelters after local disasters like hurricanes, floods, and fires. We’ve spayed and neutered feral cats, freed dogs from puppy mills, and helped senior dogs live out their lives with grace and dignity. You can find out more about the charities we’ve supported here.
The Poverty Busters Giving Circle has helped fund wells, schools, and health care. We’ve trained police officers to identify and prosecute sex trafficking, provided at-risk students with education and job training, and supported young women and former child soldiers in becoming valued members of their community. You can find out more about the charities we’ve supported here.
The Veterans Giving Circle has provided financial assistance to active duty members and veterans struggling to pay for bills, pet care, and children’s after-school activities. We’ve helped fund programs that reconnect veterans with other veterans, that help them find their next mission, that provide housing, or that deliver mental health care. You can find out more about the charities we’ve supported here.
Where we donate to next will be up to you. Our giving circle is member driven. You and other members nominate charities for us to consider. We research the charities thoroughly, and send you the completed reports. Then you and the other members vote on for the charity you think is making the biggest difference.
Together, we know that our small donations are making a really big impact on the big problems facing the world.
No If's, And's, Or Buts. I Want You To Love Your Giving Circle!
What if?? Whatever your what if, there’s no need to worry about joining. There is NO joining fee, and if in the first 30 days, you decide you don’t like your giving circle for any reason, I’ll refund your donation. Easy Peasy!
After 30 days, I’ve probably already donated your donation to a great charity, so I won’t be able to refund your donation. But you can cancel at any time, and any future donations will be immediately cancelled.
You can read more FAQ’s or contact me if you have any questions before you join.
If not now, when?
If not you, who?