Most of you know we earmark 2% of every Wednesday's orders to our charity of the quarter. Many of you have given generously over the years to help us support the chosen groups.
We've been donating to the Environmental Defense Fund for the past several months, as a response to the Gulf Oil disaster. However, the year is drawing to an end, and we need to choose another "worthy cause"
The criteria are simple. Whoever is chosen must rate very well on the various 'evaluation sites' that determine where the money actually goes. We want the funds to go to recipients, not to fund executive salaries. We normally use Charity Navigator, but there are others.
The Charity can not be simply local. (We broke this rule in April when middle TN was devastated by once in a millenium flooding, but as a rule we try to keep the cause either national or international.)
Our experience is that our clients are more apt to support charities that make life better for women or children, either in the US or, even better, internationally.
In the past, some of the most popular causes have been Women For Women, helping women in wartorn lands rebuild their lives and their communities, Mariska Hargitay's The Joyful Heart Foundation, helping victims of, and working to prevent, sexual assault
You may read more about these, and other causes you've helped us support at our Donations page.
Now the question is, as 2010 winds to a close, what should be our "cause of the quarter" to start 2011. Suggestions, please?