This is a special edition of my thrice-weekly column. Many global markets have been closed for the past two days. With the December 31st deadline for making tax-deductible charitable contributions looming, today I’m listing some charities that I consider worthy and truly deserving.
Be advised that many large charitable organizations have high overhead, bloated staffs, and spend up to 30% of their proceeds on advertising, in the quest for even more money. Do not support those! Instead, send your donations to organizations with low overhead costs, and no over-paid staff and management. That is a responsible and God-honoring way to be charitable.
Some Worthy Charities
Baan Shufan (in English: “Home of Destiny”) is a Christian orphanage school in Chang Rai, Thailand. On just a veritable shoestring budget, they house, clothe, feed, and educate 80 orphans in northeastern Thailand, just a few miles from the Laotian border. Most of their orphans come from marginalized minorities such as as the Hmong and Mien hill tribes in Thailand and adjoining countries in the Golden Triangle region.
Anchor of Hope. This group was my late wife’s personal favorite. They support a mission school in rural Zambia (the former Northern Rhodesia.) They are entirely volunteer staffed, so that 100% of what you donate actually ends up in the hands of the needy recipients. Most notably, they have distributed new shoes to more than one million children in Zambia.
The Gary Sinise Foundation. This low-overhead charity help American military veterans and first responders.
Peniel Fellowship. A congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua, located in Tiberias–a city in northern Israel, on the Sea of Galilee. They deliver the word of God (Old and New Testaments) in both Hebrew and English. They charitably operate a private day care and elementary school.
Compassion International. Individual child sponsorships, worldwide. Over the years, our own family has sponsored two children through Compassion International.
Gun Owners of America. This organization is doing the hard-nosed “no compromise” lobbying that the NRA should be doing.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). A dedicated gun rights educational organization. Membership is open to people of all faiths.
The Tibet Fund. Helps with the education of hundreds of thousands of Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
If you have been giving annually to any of the major charities, I recommend that you take a close look at how they operate. Do regular checks on their worthiness, through a charity watchdog site like Charity Navigator. Note: I also formerly recommended Charity Watch, but seeing that they just gave the Clinton Foundation an “A” rating, makes me dubious. (In contrast, Charity Navigator gives the Clinton Foundation a “Low” rating.)