I agree that the Salvation Army is a good charity worthy of our donations. But we also donate to several smaller, mostly local, and mostly all-volunteer organizations. I’m permanently sour by the large “bundler” organizations such as United Way, Red Cross and the like. I’m even skeptical about the large medical funds. So much of people’s hard-earned money goes not to the cause, but to overhead.
I have become a much bigger fan of truly local charities, where I personally know the people doing the work. The wounded Warrior commercials are gut-wrenching, but I have to ask how much they are spending on a three minute commercial EVERY night during The Five?
There is nothing wrong with donating to groups that a largely comprised of volunteers, especially at the local level....my skeptical sights are zeroed in on orgs like SGK, United Way, Humane Society of the United States, and to some extent, the RC and its connections to international organization.