Tale of a Paranoid Donor
Henley Brock Moon
5 April 2021
Some Americans have been extremely fortunate in the last year, keeping their jobs and their health in a time that endangers both. I doubt that I’m the only one among the employed and healthy who wants to help out the less fortunate but gets lost in the details of where to send resources and what kind of resources to send. Therefore, I’ve compiled a few resources to help myself, and hopefully others, make smart donations out of their spare change and tax returns.
The first step on my journey to a safe and intelligent donation—after deciding on a cause, of course—was to determine what form my donation should take. Since I’m concerned with feeding hungry folks, this meant deciding mainly between money and canned goods. I already knew better than to send raw meat or similar expirables through the mail. Fortunately, Katherine Wiles had written an article last Thanksgiving about the best way to donate. She claims a donor should give money to their chosen charity. That seemed suspiciously convenient to me, as money can be spent on anything. However, her article argued that was kind of the point. If I donate food to the cold or blankets to the hungry, I haven’t helped anyone. If I give money, the charity can spend the money on food, blankets, staff, or whatever their beneficiaries need. Not only that, but the charity can spend more efficiently than me, the end-customer. They can make deals with wholesalers and even producers that don’t want to sell their ugly but perfectly fine foods to retailers. Wiles also provided some resources to check out, so I checked them out.
It’s easy to donate money on the internet. There are a plethora of sites willing to take your money. It’s up to the donor to ensure they send their money to a reputable, trustworthy organization. By using databanks like Charity Navigator and supplementing those findings with additional research, I was able to find a trustworthy charity to give to. And if you’re still not sure where to put your money, I can comfortably recommend two places: Georgia Mountain Food Bank and this site right here, T’s 4 Hope: www.Ts4Hope.com.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance, accessed on 29 March 2021, https://www.give.org/.
Charity Navigator, accessed on 29 March 2021, https://www.charitynavigator.org/.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank, accessed on 31 March 2021, https://www.gamountainfoodbank.org/.
Wiles, Katherine. “The Most Effective Way to Give this Holiday Season.” Marketplace, 25 Nov 2020, https://www.marketplace.org/2020/11/25/most-effective-way-to-donate-this-holiday-season/.