* This is an informational website only, and not a non-profit entity. One Back may use any individual donations or revenue to help with site hosting costs, and to give proceeds to the charities of our choosing.
* No information on this website should be interpreted as a recommendation to begin, buy, sell or dispose of any investment, or to conduct any investment or charitable gift transactions.
* Links found on this site are not endorsed in any capacity, but simply provided as additional sources of information. As always, seek professional assistance for any specific questions or transactions that you may undertake. Thank you for visiting!
I am considering making a donation to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. It is a modest donation, but every bit helps. I have had money given to this charity in my name in the past. Before I sent the check, however, I wanted to do some research to see if this is a worthy charity or not.
I first went to charity watch thinking I could get some information. It turns out that you have to pay them a $50 membership fee to view their charity guide. Immediately a red flag went up. For an organization that claims to be on the side of charity, it feels like a shakedown to be charged for their information. After all, that’s $50 their members could be giving to charity. What if they’re shaking down charities for good ratings and giving bad ones to those who won’t play ball?
I then went to charity navigator, which gives several chapters the PVA low grades and highlight pie charts that show most of their expenses are spent on fundraising and administration. This doesn’t necessarily mean a charity is evil or up to no good; it could simply just mean that they have high operating costs and maybe not getting many contributions.
I then go to some websites that have reviews written by individuals of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Many reviews were written by donors or potential donors and a vast majority criticized the charity, but a lot of this criticism was based on information from charity watch or charity navigator. There were a few reviews from people claiming to have dealt with PVA in person and from paralyzed veterans who sought assistance from this charity. Most of these have generally favourable reviews of the charity.
I don’t know whom to believe. Can we trust so-called charity watchdogs just because they claim to be experts?–especially when they charge for their service!? Is PVA being treated unfairly? Does anybody have past experience with the PVA? If so, please share. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I just want to make sure I am donating wisely.
So, I have no money since I’m just a student, and I have no real time since i’m a FULL time student. :/
I want to do some type of charity or good deed so that I can be a better person though. I really don’t have time and I really don’t have money though. The only time I have time is at night after 8 o’clock pm and I don’t have any other time, I even have classes all day until eleven o’clock pm on Saturdays! I just want to do some type of significantly good deed with the little time and no money I have. I used to volunteer back when I had the time but now I literally have no time in the world. I know I could just do things like smile at people or hold the door, but I already do that because I think it’s just good manners. What can I do?