Where do your donation dollars go?


#1

I have stopped giving money to the United Way, since they stopped supporting the Boy Scouts and started promoting the Homosexual agenda. I now give my money to different causes our parish supports and the Salvation Army


#2

I am really careful where I give money. Either it’s a local organization that I know well or via Catholic Charities or our parish.

You really DONT know where your money is going if you give to one of those huge behemoths like UW. I refused to give them a dime because of their treatment of Boy Scouts…all the time supporting Planned Parenthood! You know it’s wrong to shove your religion down someone’s throat right?

At least if I give through Catholic Charities I know it’s not going to end up supporting secular, homosexual or abortion related organizations.
Lisa N


#3

Money usually goes to church, Volunteer work usually goes to Catholic Charities.


#4

We have several charities we donate to regularly. Of course, our parish, then 2 mission schools for Native Americans, a local crisis pregnancy center, and EWTN. We give each a monthly donation; parish is weekly.

Peace,
Linda


#5

I give to Caritas Australia in Lent and to Aid to Church in Need throughout the year.


#6

In order of amount:

  1. My parish
  2. My diocese
  3. My parish school
  4. Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  5. Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  6. Catholic Charities
  7. Catholic High School
  8. AFL-CIO Community Services Agency (secular)
  9. Commonweal Foundation
  10. Senior Citizens Center (secular)
  11. Alliance of Retired Americans (secular)
  12. Feminists for Life (secular)

#7

[quote=katherine2]In order of amount:

  1. My diocese

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I have a problem with this one. I would rather donate to my parish, to Catholic school, Catholic charities, and Catholic Relief Services. I question that the Bishops have used our money wisely. I question the amount that is funding the defense of the priests that have been pedophiles. Is anyone else upset about that?


#8

Fritz,I don’t want to derail the topic of this thread. However it is fairly simple for you to find out exactly what monies are spent on what in your diocese. Contact the diocese and ask for a report or find out where it is online and read it for yourself. If you have concerns find out the truth .Don’t let it cause you to not give to the worthwhile charitable causes in your Parish or Diocese. Most of the legal costs have been paid by insurance in the majority of the Dioceses. We have private funds set up to cover some of it. Not all however. So find out for yourself. Then make an informed decision.I am not concerned by legal defense costs for priests. Many innocent priests have been accused as well as guilty ones. I am more bothered by ridiculously high settlements. Giving someone more money than they were likely to ever see in their life is not likely to make a difference in their healing.

People have been attempting to punish the Bishops and Priests and instead have been punishing the poor pretty much out of ignorance.

Don’t be ignorant. Be informed and then make your donations based on your conscience.


#9

5% to parish.

5% to various Catholic organizations (some every month, others every once in awhile):

[list]
*]Catholic Diocese (most goes to my own parish building fund; plus I have a good diocese),
*]Catholic Radio
*]EWTN
*]Catholic Russian mission (Vladivostok Mission)
*]Couple to Couple League (ccli.org)
*]Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Convent building fund (Ann Arbor, MI. www.sistersofmary.org)
*]Catholic Relief Services
*]Franciscan University
*]Various Pro-life causes
*]Political candidates (rarely)
[/list]


#10

Regarding United Way: I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere, but here in LV, NV, we can earmark our UW donation (taken directly out of our checks) exclusively for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. That’s what I do. I give a little to my parish, but it is huge and one of two wealthiest in the diocese, so I prefer to focus on Catholic Charities. In giving to UW, you can also refuse to allow your funds to go to organizations that you disagree with, like Planned Parenthood, etc.


#11

[quote=JKirkLVNV]Regarding United Way: I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere, but here in LV, NV, we can earmark our UW donation (taken directly out of our checks) exclusively for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. That’s what I do. I give a little to my parish, but it is huge and one of two wealthiest in the diocese, so I prefer to focus on Catholic Charities. In giving to UW, you can also refuse to allow your funds to go to organizations that you disagree with, like Planned Parenthood, etc.
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I absolutely respect your right to give to whom ever you please. Some ideas I have about organizations like The United Way and marking where your money goes are.

Is the math of it, if to be simple they receives “X” dollars total they have divided it up 50% to planned parent hood, 20% big brothers and big sisters, 20% PFLAG, 10% Catholic Charities they can say your donation was part of the 10%. In that scenario your donation went into the general pool and increased the amount given to all but will be flagged to Catholic Charities. So in essence a rising tide lifts all boats.

Secondly by given to the United Way and not to the organizations you support directly you have to pay the overhead of the United Way and the overhead of your supported charity. These overhead are usually stated as so many cents per dollar donated.


#12

additionally, United Way has had so many scandals about the the way its executive are paid or end up embezzling.

Like wise, the American Red Cross, I was so annoyed to find out after 9/11, that much of teh money revamped the organization’s telecommunication system and did not go into an account for survivors, which it advertised it was doing.

Unfortuantely, I have had very little moeny to donate the last two years, having problems being downsized and being very sick with no health insurance. When I do have a few pennies left over form basic needs, I usually give to transparent and smaller organizations, where I am guranteed to know that the money will help people. Not necesarrily “Catholic” in terms of the management, but those that promote Catholic principles; like alleviating suffering in conflict zones or hunger anywhere…like this little site heifer.org


#13

Seatuck, you wrote: *I am more bothered by ridiculously high settlements. Giving someone more money than they were likely to ever see in their life is not likely to make a difference in their healing.

People have been attempting to punish the Bishops and Priests and instead have been punishing the poor pretty much out of ignorance.*

I quite agree with you. I think that the Church is regarded, by some, as a cash cow waiting to be milked.


#14

[quote=JKirkLVNV]Regarding United Way: I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere, but here in LV, NV, we can earmark our UW donation (taken directly out of our checks) exclusively for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. That’s what I do. I give a little to my parish, but it is huge and one of two wealthiest in the diocese, so I prefer to focus on Catholic Charities. In giving to UW, you can also refuse to allow your funds to go to organizations that you disagree with, like Planned Parenthood, etc.
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I once investigated this. I was appointed Key Man for Fort Benning, GA for the UW. I asked some pointed questions, and they asked that someone else be appointed Key Man.http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon11.gif

It works like this – they have a sit-down and determine how much, percentage wise, each listed charity will get. And that’s what they get REGARDLESS of how many people designate a particular charity as the intended recipient.

In other words, if they decide Catholic Charities will get 5%, then Catholic Charities will get 5% – even if 100% of the donors specify that 100% of their donations must go to Catholic Charities.

However, if you list Catholic Charities as the intended recipient, your name and address are provided to Catholic Charities, and they will send you a thank-you. That costs money, so they’re worse off if you designate them to receive the money.

You’re far better off simply sending the money directly to Catholic Charities.


#15

99% of all my donations go through my home parish… the church seems to know who needs the most… i believe in sharing the blessings God’s showers me with… i try to stay out of the control part of it…

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#16

Mostly to my home parish.
But I give to different charities or organizations every time I have money to donate and I allow the Holy Spirit to guide me through the intercession of Our Lady and St. Francis of Asissi.
It is often a different organization every time. I try to donate every Christmas and every Lenten season.

Most recently I have donated to:

Catholic Relief Services
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Benedictine Foundation - Homeless Shelter in Oregon
.


#17

This is a difficult one to answer when you only have one choice. Our money is divided up. We are at a wealthy parish, so less goes actually to the parish. The rest goes to St. Vincent DePaul’s emergency family services in our town and CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center in our town (a pro-life crisis center), and the local catholic schools.


#18

The United Way is not a charity, but a distribution center for other charities, some of which you might or might not want to support (e.g. the Rainbow Coalition gets donations from the United Way). So once you donate to the United Way, you lose all control over your donation.


#19

[quote=Kevin Walker]The United Way is not a charity, but a distribution center for other charities, some of which you might or might not want to support (e.g. the Rainbow Coalition gets donations from the United Way). So once you donate to the United Way, you lose all control over your donation.
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Bingo – and that is why I don’t give to the United Way, especially after finding out how they work. I give to my parish, to second collection causes sponsored by the diocese, to Catholic Charities, and so on.


#20

we have tithed since we got married, 5% to parish, 5% to other charities, those involved directly in meeting basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter, and helping people climb out of poverty-education etc. We also tithe our time at the same ratio. We contribute only to organizations whose activities and leadership with which we are personally familiar and who demonstrate accountability. We support 3 children in a Catholic mission through CFCA.

if there were a fund set up to pay directly for counselling, therapy and other needs of victims I would gladly tithe an extra 10 percent for it, what I object to is money going to the lawyers, and to the parents of victims who already got a financial settlement and went through it and are now double-dipping.


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