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Discussion in 'Philanthropy' started by Shahin_Afarin, 21st Jun, 2015.

  1. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    I think its great that there is a sub forum for philanthropy and donations.

    A lot of us are quite blessed by what we have achieved through investing in property and there is something incredibly rewarding in giving back to the people in the community who haven't had an easy journey.

    Any thoughts on how we can get a Propertychat donation going?

    Should we use the meet ups as a way of contributing towards a particular foundation?

    As a group I'm sure we can achieve something quite big here.

    My personal foundation preference is Kids w/ Cancer (https://www.kidswithcancer.org.au) - happy to hear everyone thoughts on other foundations.
     
  2. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    PC having a common cause to support would be great. The trouble is with deciding who should be the recipient.

    So many charities are just rorts and gravy trains for the people involved.
     
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  3. Gockie

    Gockie Be the change you want to see in the world Business Member

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    I reckon we should support Kiva. I know there's a SS Group on Kiva, I dunno if that name should be updated. The hardest thing for me on that was trying to pick who to support!
     
  4. Be Developer

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    agree..

    since PC is all about property investors.

    How about helping needy people to help renovate their places .. may be once a year in each state.

    can get corporate funding to match PC donations?
     
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  6. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    Im open to any charity or foundation.

    Lets throw a few charities and maybe set up a poll.

    Agree on the how much of the donation goes to the cause but I picked this up from their website:

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    Most charities these days employ professional fundraisers (that take a huge percentage) to seek donations on their behalf. Be aware and informed when you sign up for ongoing donations in shopping centres or through door-to-door reps.
    Some major children's charities will pay 85% of your first 12 month's donations to commercial fundraisers. If you donate a total of $100 in the first year, only $15 goes to the charity and then admin fees are taken by the charity before any funds are used for the purpose of the donation. The practice of allowing 'for profit' organisations to take the majority of your valuable donation is not one that we use or endorse.
    The best way to donate to any charity is to ring or mail them directly, as some charities will also use commercial organisations to mail you seeking donations on behalf of a charity. Most raffle sales are also made this way, always read the fine print and never purchase tickets from phone sellers as the vast majority of phone sales come from commercial organisations, who don't declare their interest.

    We use all our donations 100% for family assistance and the cancer wards in children's hospitals with no management fees whatsoever taken from donations made directly to us. All management costs come from the lotteries that we run throughout the year, so our donations remain untouched. "
     
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    Oz Harvest

    Youth off the streets

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
     
  9. bob shovel

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    as a group that is intelligent and very savy i am interested to find out the preferred charities.

    i am caitious as mentioned above to actual $ that get through to the other end. i did have a run in with a cancer council sales person andit did leave a sour taste in my mouth.

    i stick with donating blood, it takes your time and effort ratjer than waving money sround. plus as far as i'm aware its not used for anything else, 100% end result
     
  10. Shahin_Afarin

    Shahin_Afarin Residential and Commercial Broker Business Member

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    will the brains trust here to be able invest it somehow to get it working and growing.
    there a few people that know about property here;) with plenty of contacts, it does make sense to be property related. is it crazy to buy a house?? linked to youth of the streets or similar toalso contribute and manage?? just a thought
     
  12. Gockie

    Gockie Be the change you want to see in the world Business Member

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    I like Be Developers idea of where we all go in and renovate people's houses? One per state? Good learning/team building type exercise for all involved and with a good outcome? Bit like a practical meetup?
     
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    yeah like the block etc good learning for hands on and managing
     
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    Kids Helpline :)


    But I do like the renovate someone's house idea.

    I wonder if it's possible to get sponsors to donate the goods and we can just donate the expertise.

    Or maybe not a whole house. Maybe renovate a bathroom, or a kitchen for someone in need.

    But then how do we decide who is in need? Some "in need" families are bloody pricks. The sort of people who don't bother working and that gamble or drink or smoke all their money and then don't pay their rent because "life is just too hard".

    Would need to be genuine people "in need'.

    Any ideas on criteria and how we sort out the genuine from the not so genuine?
     
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  15. Gockie

    Gockie Be the change you want to see in the world Business Member

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    When I worked for Amex we did a day of painting for the Matthew Talbot hostel (I think). Great fun, I remember I got in there with the big roller to paint the walls, so much easier (and fun) than doing the detail on the hand rails, I tell you!
    One poor colleague got stuck painting the ceilings, that looked like hard work!

    I think as (was going to say SS'ers) we could do a full on kitchen reno, or anything and everything really.
     
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    Love the idea of the reno.
    Also, a member in Kiva, along with other somersoft folks.

    Does anyone have a link that ranks the charities in terms of, money spent in admin, marketing, and actual fund that goes to the people/institution in need?

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm quite partial to hug it forward.
    They build schools out of recycled bottles. Their values and vision reasonate quite strongly with mine, however that is no reason to donate. Check out their page and you'll see why I love following their work.

    http://hugitforward.org/

    "
    Our Vision
    We dream of a world where every child has the opportunity to get an education, and to create a better life for themselves and for their families.

    We dream of a world without trash, where people don’t mindlessly throw things “away”.

    "
     
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