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    Default Do you give to charity? Why? Why not?

    Do you give some of your salary or investment income away to charity?

    Be it church, community group, St John, etc.

    Various books on finance say to put a certain amount aside.

    Personally I never give to charity. Most of them are big multinational corporations so I'm not even sure where the money goes.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011


    I sponsor a child through World Vision ($600ish pa), another $500 pa to WWF for some NZ wildlife sanctuary. And random amounts to people who ring up about sick kids and penguins etc and the odd street colector. Probably around $1500 pa all up.

    This is less than .01%of my before tax and expenses income. Pretty sad really. Should really be doing more but you only have to look around to wonder if it really does anything.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2004


    Only to specific charities with honesty about their "admin" costs and some certainty as to what happens with the money.
    e.g. Starship hospital support.
    Door knockers or beggars - please go away.
    The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary - Fred Wilson.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    I tend to give to the Sallies and Cancer charities but no regular payments. I have supported various charities with web design work over the years but I've found that my loyalty is rarely (ever) returned or appreciated, so I've stopped doing any new work. I've worked in charity before as well and a lot of people doing that sort of work seem to forget the importance of showing appreciation to those who support them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toasty View Post
    This is less than .01% of my before tax and expenses income. Pretty sad really. Should really be doing more but you only have to look around to wonder if it really does anything.
    You make $15m a year?
    Last edited by drelly; 01-05-2013 at 11:49 AM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2010


    Toasty - you make $15,000,000 and give away $1500?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2004


    I give my time to my local Lions club. No admin fees at all - all money collected goes to those in need.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2003


    Toasty our (Marc & i) charity contributions are the same as yours and also less than 1 percent (I think you meant 1 percent not .01%).

    When we die - the charities do better going from less than 1 percent contribution to over 10 percent.

    Some people are better at giving their time and that is very valuable and much needed.


    Last edited by donna; 02-05-2013 at 05:45 PM.
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    I'm surprised St John get away with calling themselves a charity. As far as I can tell they do nothing without getting paid.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007


    I donate a small amount each month to a few charities.

    I've also put in a lot of time, setting up databases etc. Some charities treat you really well, some don't. The Auckland SPCA was terrible.
    Squadly dinky do!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Bay Of Plenty, NZ


    Helicopter Rescue (or whatever it's called!), St Johns, Sallies, Poppy Day..... that's about it.

    Greenpeace & all those planet saving, penguin cuddling, sandal wearing, hemp clothed, hippies who don't cut their hair...... don't come and accost me while I'm shopping, I SNARL!!
    Patience is a virtue.


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