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

  1. Paul@PFI

    Paul@PFI Tax Accounting + SMSF Business Member

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    Many professionals donate time to good causes. Its often the silent cost they appreciate. Im a Catholic lad who recently gave generous time to a Islamic faith charity that helps women escape violence. Sometimes money is easy to value but generosity can take many forms.

    Teach a person to fish and they can feed the village....
     
  2. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    My preferred local charities are those who support the homeless - we are fortunate enough to be able to afford more houses than we need, I like to give to those who support people who don't even have one home to live in.
     
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  3. Liberator

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    I support a range of local charities both financially and with volunteer hours but internationally my favourite one is A Well-Fed World. Their Ethiopian School Lunch program currently has a matching grant available up to a $100K target (USD - Donations are tax deductible in the US). http://awfw.org/ethiopian-school-lunch/
    And their 'Financials' page states "Thanks in part to our donated office space and internet, our combined overhead and fundraising costs are less than 5%. The result is that more of your donation goes directly to programs. In particular cases, 100% of funds are sent directly to the projects in need"
    http://awfw.org/financials/

    Great work Sim in including a Philanthropy section here!
     
  4. sanj

    sanj Well-Known Member

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    There's a fair bit of money around these parts, let's aim higher. 20k? I'll kick it off with $500
     
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  5. Be Developer

    Be Developer Property Developer Business Member

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    good on you @sanj

    That's nice of you!!!! and good way to kick off this great cause

    @Shahin_Afarin ... let;s set it up!
     
  6. Truly Exotic

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    If I became a squillionarie, id go around setting up animal refuses and orphanages all around the world as a daily job

    now, I just sleep better at night with my minimal monthly animal donation , whilst thinking "ill bet the actual animals wont see very much of it"
     
  7. b7277

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    Good initiative @Shahin_Afarin

    Another way to help would be to organize sessions for people and educate them on how to manage their loans and finances. Lot of relationships break because of this. Could target a suburb per month (maybe a lot). Hold seminars only for residents of that suburb. From the seminars we could also pick a family and work with them and they can share the knowledge to rest of the residents in that suburb. Something on those lines.
     
  8. AndrewTDP

    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    A few,

    Every Greyhound gets a monthly donation, ASRC gets one as well.

    Through work we also do donations in kind for some registered charities. Smaller, local based ones that people donate their time too, not ones run as a business if that makes sense. If they need an expansion, fitout of a new facility etc we do the drawings and DA Package as a donation or at a heavily reduced rate. I think we are up to around 8k this financial year.

    Was doing mentoring for The Smith Family, but dropped by the wayside. Need to pick it up again next year.
     
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  9. hozi

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    A group of friends and myself run an annual garage sale that raises between $8000 to $10000.
    Monies is donated to various overseas children charities like a slum school in India, room to read, Aussies for orphans and also Hamlin Fistula organisation.

    We also do afternoon teas, clothes swap parties, book swap parties to raise funds. People pay to attend these events held at people's homes and all proceeds go to charities. This year so far we have raised nearly $16000 from these events.
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    We have started an initiative called WISEKIDS World (http://wisekidsworld.com).

    The idea here is also to get our kids involved. They help by sourcing goods for the garage sale, helping out at the BBQ, distributing flyers etc

    We are always looking for donated goods and the sale is held end March/beginning April

    Happy to hear any other ideas from PC membersl
     
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  10. trinity168

    trinity168 Well-Known Member

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    hi @hozi , which part of Sydney do you run the garage sales at?
     
  11. hozi

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    Hi

    The garage sale is held in Beecroft Scout Hall
     
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  13. bob shovel

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    I think donating time can be more valuable than simply parting with cash. As long as your fit or suitable for the tasks.

    I've recently joined at Johns ambulance WA as a volunteer ambulance officer. I'm not sure if anyone is aware what happens in regional wa but this is the job of a paramedic but voluntary! In qld NSW they usually had paramedics in town but out here its volunteers. And it's not just handing out water or band aids at the footy,it's priority 1 call outs so dead or near dead stuff! Pretty full on for people to jump in after 3 days training! (then a few hrs /mth).

    It should be very interesting and rewarding work but it won't be easy!
     
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    I donate monthly to plan international.
     
  15. Greyghost

    Greyghost Well-Known Member

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    What it is the point in having if you cannot give?

    Like everything in life, you should ask yourself not what can people do for me, but what value can I give to others.. That is the meaning of a fullfilling life!
     
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    i give to a Cambodian charity call "Connecting Hands Cafe"- set up by 2 Aussie ladies...my friend flies there annually...

    They employ and house 8 young girls who have been trafficked..teach them life skills (google Tripadvisor for their cafe)Connecting Hands Training Cafe, Phnom Penh - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - TripAdvisor

    Sidenote:if you visit the cafe in Phnom Penh pls note the grill/oven is donated by me!

    Pls consider donating: all monies zoom straight into the cafe to rescue more young girls (1 in 4 girls in Cambodia are sold to sexual slavery usually by their own family as young as 8 often suffering life long injuries)
    Connecting Hands
     
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  18. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    This is a preposterous statement!
     
  19. virgo

    virgo Well-Known Member

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    Care to meet Frances my friend?
     
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