I came upon a blog entry posted by the Huffington Post this week that really got me thinking about charitable donations, what I’ve personally done (or not done) and how vital is it to do homework.
This lovely, breast cancer survivor explains (to those of us who are LUCKY enough not to be personally affected by the disease) how most of the pink products you’ve purchased this month have actually done NOTHING to help the actual cause.
EXCERPT: “And while I do think we need more awareness and education (about metastatic disease, about how young women can develop breast cancer, about how women (young and old) DO die from this disease, about the importance of research, etc.), I don’t think we need the kind of awareness that buying a jar of salsa with a pink ribbon on it brings. While I hardly ever see “awareness” products addressing the topics above, I can’t go anywhere without seeing pink products. Heck, I just have to look out of my front window to see giant pink garbage totes. The stores are filled with pink as companies try to make a buck off breast cancer. If you look carefully at these products, you’ll find that some of them don’t even donate a cent to breast cancer awareness, support, research, etc. And oftentimes those that do make a very minimal donation-and not always to organizations/programs where the money is well spent.”
This article is powerful in so many ways — and even though Breast Cancer Awareness month is wrapping up soon, and we’ll stop seeing all of those NFL players decked out in hot pink on the field on Sundays — this issue applies to ALL charitable donations.
(FYI: According to a Sports Illustrated report, less than 10%… TEN EFFING PERCENT of the NFL’s pink merchandise is donated toward cancer research. PATHETIC. Read more here : http://bit.ly/17fcw3C)
The point of my writing this: If you have the ability to donate, don’t waste your hard-earned and well-intentioned cash on a lackluster organization that is essentially a fraud. (eh hem… NFL PINK MERCHANDISE).
In the Huff Post link above, Leisha Davison-Yasol lists all of the organizations that actually DO make a difference. (Leisha is the author of the blog http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/)
Here are a few of the national organizations that I like to support when I can, mostly because I know people who have been personally benefited from the efforts of these organizations:
Make A Wish > http://wish.org/
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition > http://www.ovarian.org/
More so, I like to donate to local charities.
Here’s a link to the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression > http://awildhope-nicole.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-alexis-joy-dachille-foundation-for.html
And here’s info on the Woiner Foundation > http://woinerfoundation.org/.
My friend Jessica started this charity after her father passed after a hard-fought battle with Melanoma. Her mother, shortly after her father’s death was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I have witnessed Jess’s strength through these times and she is really someone to admire. Her work is incredible.