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Caldera Donation Drive Charity Choice

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Kels astaffo
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Hello all

Here are the three descriptions for the possible charity choices again. Remember, $100 + 50% of whatever donations we bring in during the month of December will go towards the charity that receives the majority vote. (For more information on this check the home page at www.calderaminecraft.com if you somehow missed it)

The Leprechaun Foundation:
The Leprechaun Foundation is a nonprofit organization based out of Cleveland, OH. Their mission is to “grant wishes to terminally and chronically ill children”. These wishes can involve material items such as books or toys, trips, meet-and-greets with celebrities, and much more. According to their website, 98 cents of every dollar goes towards their mission of fulfilling wishes for children. All officers, directors, and members of this foundation are volunteers, therefore no donations are used for administrative cost or salaries. While this is a smaller organization, I have had some personal experience with them and the work that they do. If you would like to view their website, you can do so at http://www.leprechaunfoundation.org/01_about.html.

Feeding America:
Feeding America is a nonprofit organization that is known as the “nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization”. They help provide food or monetary assistance to over 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States. They also help advocate for legislation that would provide stronger food assistance programs for at-risk groups such as children and seniors. They have a four-star rating (90%+) on Charity Navigator for both financial spending and accountability and transparency. You can visit their website at https://www.feedingamerica.org/.

Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is a nonprofit organization that aims to “collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas”. They assist needy families in providing Christmas joy for their young children through at least one special gift at Christmas time. 97% of all incoming donations go directly towards fulfilling the goal of spreading Christmas cheer to less fortunate children. They have a 4-star rating (90%+) for accountability and transparency on Charity Navigator, and a 3-star rating (80%+) for financial spending, with an overall score of 4-stars. You can view their website at https://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx.

So which charity should we donate towards?
The Leprechaun Foundation
11 votes
31.4%
Feeding America
17 votes
48.6%
Marine Corps Toys for Tots
7 votes
20%
Number of voters: 35
Posted Nov 26, 18 · OP
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Feeding America is a fairly transparent organization (not that any of these are any less), and their work would benefit a broader demographic of people. Pretty familiar with this organization as it is one of the clients I work with where I work. I know Toys for Tots fairly well, too. I like what I read about The Leprechaun Foundation. Seems pretty reliable as a charity.
Posted Nov 26, 18
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Not to talk down any of the other causes, at all, but food insecurity is a massive bitch and wider spread than most think, even within the US. Any attempts to curb that are appreciated by me.
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Feeding America won the vote :)
Posted Dec 1, 18 · OP
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