angell1 said** : I "was given [as part of my Penance] restitution to make after confession a while ago.
…the priest said to donate to charity.
my question is, does giving to fundraisers count? … or should it be a strict donation? **
Well, right off of the Top, I would assume that a Donation … means what it says, which is, make a Donation to an actual Charity.
If I was the one, I would attempt to strictly comply with the Penance, as given by my Confessor.
Obviously you “Stole” money (in some way) … and in lieu of paying back the ENTITY that you stole from, the Confessor is giving you the opportunity to pay back that money to a non-Profit Company.
I would NOT be looking around for “technical” ways to Comply with my Restitution Sin forgiveness.
In addition, the way you wrote your Question, seems to leave room for you to “GIVE” to this Fundraiser, in a way that you might get Something Back (as in a Raffle, or some such thing).
THIS would REALLY be against what your Confessor gave you for Penance.
But, if you REALLY want to know, just contact your Confessor, and discover the REAL Answer.