The end of the year is a time when people typically evaluate their charity work and make some final donations. We know that choosing where to give can feel overwhelming at times. Today’s newsletter is to help.
Below you’ll find tips and ideas from articles in The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, Mashable and more.
Get bang for your money
How can you maximize the impact of your donations, especially if you can’t afford to make large contributions? Farhad Manjoo, a Times Opinion columnist, got the answer: Use a service called GiveWell.
Farhad writes: “Every year, GiveWell distills its own in-depth research into a list of the top charities – the best performers in the world (in terms of lives saved). or improve) at the lowest cost. GiveWell’s offers tend to be concentrated in the poorest parts of the world, where even small donations can be beneficial.
One such example, suggested by our former colleague Nicholas Kristof, is the Seva Foundation. “A big part of their job is removing cataracts with a 15-minute surgery that costs about $50 per eye,” as Holly Christensen wrote in Akron Beacon Magazine. Your humble contribution can restore someone’s vision.
Another example: Consider supporting efforts against Covid. You can donate directly to the World Health Organization or to Gavi, the nonprofit that supports Covax, the United Nations-supported effort to immunize people in lower-income countries .
Give local, too
“But what if you wanted to give money to those closer to you?” Farhad asked. That also makes sense. It can help you connect with your community – with people you might meet every day.
The Detroit News turned local donations into a contest, listing a number of charities – including groups that provide homeless support and support for LGBTQ youth – and invite readers to donate. The charity that raised the most money received an additional $20,000 in donations.
One piece of advice we’ve given in the past and will repeat: Consider giving money to a local newspaper source you trust. National publications like The Times are doing well. But the local press is in crisis, and that is the foundation of a healthy democracy. The Washington Post has a series of nonprofit newsrooms trying to fill the void in the local news.
Margaret Renkl, a contributor to Times Opinion, argues for a specific focus on climate change. If anything, the federal government’s failure to enact climate legislation makes her case even stronger. But where can one give?
Margaret argues for “support environmental nonprofits Turn donations into collective action:”
Non-profit news sources inform the public about environmental hazards in their communities. Legal institutions hold industry accountability and promote greater conservation measures in the private sector and at all levels of government. Protected areas work to protect ecosystems while they are still intact.
Even if you know that you want to donate to charities focused on climate change, it can be difficult to choose which one. Vox has compiled a list what it says are “the highest-impact, cost-effective and evidence-based organizations.”
If you need more, Forbes also have tips and recommended use For green, an organization that “assesses and recommends the most promising environmental charities for their effectiveness in combating climate change.”
Dinner at Sardi’s
Sardi’s is a Broadway institution. The restaurant has been around longer than some movie theaters, and it has hosted Tony winners, Oscar winners and even, once a year, Winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In 1947, at the first Tony Awards Ceremony, the restaurant’s founder, Vincent Sardi Sr., won a special award “for providing a transient home and comfortable station for folk theater.”
Thanks to millions of federal aid, the restaurant survived for 648 days of closure. And last week, it scheduled to reopen its doors with limited hours and reduced capacity. At its peak, Sardi’s employed nearly 130 people – now it employs 58.
However, Sardi’s overcame most of its challenges. Theater reporter Michael Paulson wrote in The Times: “It became popular and it flopped,” but it has always been there, known more for its caricatures than its food. its show, attracting a mix of industry insiders and theater-loving visitors. . ” – Sanam Yar, a Morning writer