By Mike Lander on
The quote, of course, is from Lincoln’s second inaugural address, and he was referring to the catastrophe of the Civil War and the need for reconciliation. We are using his words to introduce the theme of charities which are available to us in terms of making a donation. When I began to try and compile a list of those charities and organizations to which I have contributed I was stunned at the length of the list. As of this writing I am sure that the list is incomplete. Not only that but there are a number of worthy organizations to which I have not as yet contributed, but I hope to at a future date. My donations are small, but it is important to me to be part of the solution not simply a bystander. I sleep better at night this way.
Our lead photo is “Homeless–West Side Highway“, Manhattan, New York City c.1960. We have a growing collection concerning the homeless, and this is a problem that most of us encounter at one time or another, i. e. a homeless person asking for a handout. The good thing about donating money to a homeless person is that you can be 100% certain that he/she will receive all of the proceeds. You cannot control how they spend the donation, but at least there is no middleman to contend with.
I decided to make a list of those charities/organizations to which I contribute. I did not realize the extent of the list when I began to compile it, and I make no argument for anyone to contribute to these entities. This is purely my own list to which I might make deletions or additions over time. Also listed are several organizations to which I no longer contribute for a variety of reasons. Money is not one of them.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Lymphoma & Leukemia Society
Doctors Without Borders
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Disabled American Veterans
Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
Military Intelligence Corps Association
Simon Wiesenthal Center
National Press Photographers Association
American Automobile Association
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH I NO LONGER CONTRIBUTE:
Feed The Children
27th Infantry Division Association, Inc.
National Rifle Association
Deductions to UFT and NYSUT are not included as they are more in the category of union dues though not mandatory. Still, those deductions reduce disposable income.