There is no more inefficient model of helping those in need than the Salvation Army bell ringers.
To educate yourself - lists of the best non-profits can be easily accessed online. Friends and family members can also provide recommendations.
The basic rules are:
- Low administrative costs
- No corruption or hard-line views affecting mission.
Remember Susan B. Komen?
Without bogging down this post with details, suffice it to say the smaller the organization, the better. And the more direct the contact with those being helped usually brings higher efficacy.
So to hire folks to stand in front of stores during the holiday season and ring a bell to collect coins and dollars is beyond antiquated.
And annoying. So here are some tips to bypass the SA bucket to save money for your altruistic gifts without feeling like Scrooge.
Tell the person ringing the bell that you are gay.
Or a member of a union.
And there you go. You’re welcome.
The SA views on homosexuality are that of the conservative Christians community. Gays should be put to death. Okay, only one guy from the organization actually said that but the official stance is Jesus loves everyone but stop the gay sex.
The problems with unions began when workers were initially trying to fight for more rights and in some cases, not die on the job. This began almost a century ago.
The SA would not help the families of workers on strike.
SA liked the wealthy.
You have to be a good poor person. Docile and accepting of rich folks and their ways.
Thank you Mr. Koch, may I have some more?
Labor leaders referred to this group as the Starvation Army.
You know, like Scott Walker but not as cruel.
So give your money to a charity that deserves it.