It is such a nice idea
for those lucky
enough to be recieving a tax refund
check to turn and give it to charity
. It is as nice an idea as a holiday
where everyone plants a beautiful garden
and then has a vegetarian cookout
! Woo! Now that is nice!
But oh dear, I caught a segment of the Evening News
last night where they interviewed a bunch of people on the street asking them what they will do with their money. Everyone seemed to have plans for thier windfall already. Kids need school clothes
, car needs fixing, bills, home repairs, hookers
... you know how it is for us Americans
Well I propose (and if you agree please help spread the word) that there is a workable compromise - it came to me as I read Ben and Jerry's 1% to charity creed
, then remembered that agents in Hollywood take between 10 - 20 % of a star's gross earnings
Make a donation of 10%
of your refund.
I've done a little math and it works out to something
If you get $300 you would donate $30 to say, Planned Parenthood or your local Church.
If you get $500 you would donate $50 to hmmmmmm how about Greenpeace, The Sierra Club or the Nature Conservancy.
if you get $600 you would donate $60 to oh I dont know maybe Habitat for Humanity, Christian Childrens Fund, or Welfare to Work
The charities mentioned above are only examples and will not suit everyone - you probably have a favorite already. If every person getting the refund gives 10% away, an extra three billion eight hundred million will go to helping people, animals, and the environment. If you just HATE
the idea of being a nice person
and giving money away just remember this: you can claim it on your taxes next year
This node inspired by Mark Morford at SFGate.com
yerricde says: For some reason, your Give your tax refund to charity writeup doesn't mention giving $65 to EFF. See also arely legal
facty says: Excellent places to donate, illustrating my point that every noder will have a favorite target for their funds.