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There aren’t many things I only want 4% of…

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I have been racking my brain for the past few days…what would I want 4% of? How about 4% of that sandwich? 4% of our flights are on time? What about you can watch 4% of the game? Any takers? I didn’t think so. 

For today’s post, we will have a little story with a slight interruption for some helpful tips & links when you make donations, and the revealing of one of my pet peeves.

Last week, a friend was sitting down to dinner and the phone rang. She answered and the person was a telemarketing firm calling on behalf of a charity, we will call it Charity X. After the telemarketer’s speech, about how this charity donated to cancer research, my friend said how much of my donation would go to the research? The telemarketer answered with 4%. That’s right 4%. When she told me this story, I almost fell out of my chair.

I kept thinking about how many people might have said yes and made the donation. Those people wouldn’t know that only 4% of their $100 donation was going to actually fund research. That’s 4 dollars. And that’s why Charity Navigator says to hang up the phone and eliminate the middleman on these charities, in their Top 10 Best Practices of Savvy Donors. I get it.

I also found this other great tool on the Charity Navigator site, the 7 Questions to Ask Charities before Donating. Both of these lists are great tools when deciding to make a donation and just a small glance at what the website has to offer.

Moral of the story: Do your research before you donate to a charity and don’t donate to those who use telemarketers! Oh, and register yourself on this website. Because there is nothing more fun than telling a solicitor that you are registered with the Do Not Call list and you will be reporting them! (Can you guess my pet peeve?!)

Oh, and in case you were wondering 100% of cash donations and net proceeds of our events goes directly to cancer research.

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