Cafe Chat Discussion
28th May 2011 09:12pm
Last Post 15th May 2013
Discussion: Charities on a budget!
I'm on a disability pension and barely have enough to live on. So I have to be choosy and creative. There is a site called i-donate which sends you emails and donates money to your chosen charity via the points you accumulate.
I never give to charities that ring me up because they get too pushy.
I will always support local raffles.
And I give my time at the local neighbourhood house.
24th Jun 2011 11:23am
foxy says: I have also been on a disabled pension, now an old age one, and find it difficult and depressing, particularly when a charity that I normally would support rings. I have asked them to take me off their lists, and most co-operate when you explain that you will never have extra money, and the phone calls only depress you more. Thank you for 'i-donate' as I will join.
I also support local activities, and enjoy doing that, I join groups and help out where I can, eg office bearer, like secretary or publicity or similar. I'm now joining a neighbourhood group as a 'home visitor' as I drive to places and can sit and talk for people that can't get out.
7th Feb 2013 06:32pm
foxy says: I have also been on a disabled pension, now an old age one, and find it difficult and depressing, particularly when a charity that I normally would support rings. I have asked them to take me off...
grahami2006 says: Also on aged pension however I try every month to donate to Red Cross. Sometimes not easy but always try to give a little.
24th Jun 2011 05:43pm
SereneBee says: And another thing about most charities that ring -usually at a most inconvenient time- is that they not only pay the people to ring but they buy lists. I found this out because I volunteer at my local Vinnies op-shop yet they kept sending me "begging letters" -- when I queried this as I'm now on a limited income I was told hat they not only pay the people to ring but they buy lists. Obviously I'd donated last century.
21st Apr 2012 12:38pm
SereneBee says: And another thing about most charities that ring -usually at a most inconvenient time- is that they not only pay the people to ring but they buy lists. I found this out because I volunteer at my...
Trushka says: Yes, I agree, charities tend to ring at inconvenient times. I've registered for the 'no not call' and that's eliminated non-charity callers. Now I leave the answering machine on and monitor calls. Life's much better!
19th Feb 2012 09:47am
Di says: I like to donate to only 2or3 charities and stick to that rather than spread thinly over many. Hospice and Rescue Helocopter and Air Ambulance are my choice. I don't know about you but I tend to choose Charities relevant to me.
20th Mar 2013 10:44pm
Di says: I like to donate to only 2or3 charities and stick to that rather than spread thinly over many. Hospice and Rescue Helocopter and Air Ambulance are my choice. I don't know about you but I tend to...
frannymanny says: I'm with you Di. I used to have direct debit of 20 to30 per month to 5 different charities but I just cannot do it any more. I had to cut it down to a world vision child and another international aid group.
I do a lot of voluntary work and feel that if I give time at home and money abroad that is a good balance.
26th Feb 2012 07:26pm
mauvehaze says: I too, am on a disability pension. I rent a small unit privately as there is not enough public housing in my area. I'm $190 per week worse off than someone in a HomesWest rental, even though I do get rent assistance. The rent I pay is average for this area and lower than anywhere else in this state. I gave up giving cash to charities after working for three months as a telemarketer and realising that the charities are only receiving 5-10% after costs. I donate clothes and homewares that I do not use to charities. I give blood. I also work as a volunteer with people with disabilities. Charity begins at home as they say. I buy my food from a food bank and buy a three course meal from a local centre for $3 where I meet others in a similar predicament, I receive free bread from there as well as inseason fruit or preserves. I also donate items to that centre to be passed on to those people who can use them. I receive subsidised home help as I can no longer do many things for myself. My internet is my only luxury. I am registered with https://www.donotcall.gov.au to deter charities from phoning me. Those that do are told briefly that I used to be a telemarketer and I want to be removed from their calling list immediately as I'll report them if they call me again.
17th Mar 2012 09:58am
marg says: I am also on a disability pension and thanks for that will get in touvh with I donate too like you there isnt much left after all the bills have found got a friend and we now pool our money and share and it is so much better .I do give to the westpac helicopter as there totally reliant on charity also if needed they are a free service which i only just found out ....
2nd Apr 2012 08:38am
Nemeen says: We don't have much extra money, I am working two jobs to try to get us through but I have found that donatenow.com.au is good. They have a list of charities and you can select which ones you want, how often you want to donate, the amount and many other things. They don't push you to do anything and you can stop if you need. I have been trying to donate to a couple through them but can't keep it up at the moment.
21st Apr 2012 11:54am
Captured says: We are another family who very rarely have any "spare" money after bills are paid so i am also very careful with how i give to charities.
We donate clothes in the clothing bins 2-3 times a year, we buy from op-shops and we help to run different fundraising events throughout the year. Once all my kids are at school i would like to help out a bit more.
30th Apr 2012 08:14am
wojo12 says: I would far sooner give $5 to a needy person on the street than to give a donation to a PAID collector. I cannot afford to give much away, but I have serious doubt about how much of our donations gets eroded away by the admin costs and commision to the collectors.
21st Jun 2012 08:01pm
Jezemeg8 says: I'm also on a disability pension. One thing I can do however is listen, and I do that each night when Jeze (my service dog) and I head out to the streets to be with the street folk and homeless in the suburbs surrounding where I live.
No, there's not much I can do to improve anyone's situation in a material sense, but I've made many many friends amongst them, and it seems to make a difference to their lives. Sometimes we forget that our most valuable asset costs us nothing
7th Aug 2012 07:18am
888shelley says: I agree totally with all comments. My hubby and I are on age pension, which enables us to live ok, but we still have to watch every penny. Rent takes nearly half our money and so on.We contribute to some charities by doing their annual door to door collections(which are volunteer basis unpaid) but are giving that up , I am on the do not call register, but I really hate the calls at meal times etc. I have a few charities I prefer to donate to and will continue to give what I can. My other pet peeve is the door to door gas/electricity/phone sellers who simply won't take no for an answer. I am on i-donate as well which although not big donations is at least something.
5th Feb 2013 11:00pm
meg says: What about charities that send begging letters printed on the best quality paper (3 pages) often with multi-coloured brochures & requests for minimum donations ($50) ? MEG.
8th Mar 2013 05:03pm
Annie_T says: I had a begging call yesterday which upset me.
I guess they got my mobile number from one the many survey sites where I stated I had diabetes.
She rambled on and on about how many people are diagnosed each year and how much her organisation did research to help eradicate the disease, and that they had made a medical breakthrough.
I listened for an indeterminably long time hoping she would get to the point, interrupted her to ask what the point of the call was. She changed track, and said that she was looking for people who would help so that a new medication would be available on the PBS.
For a moment I thought she might be looking for people for a medical trial or something like that, so I let her ramble on for a while longer until it came to the crunch, she wanted a regular donation of money from me.
I said I was unable to donate as I am on a pension and finding it hard to make ends meet as it is, then said that I was sure that there would be other financial sources the organisation could find instead of pensioners for such an important project.
She answered, with a slightly patronising voice, "we find that people on pensions and low incomes are usually the most generous".
Was that trying to lay a guilt trip on me or what?!
I had already said, NO, but she still tried. I was angry, and finished the conversation with another "NO" and hung up.
I find it hard to believe that an organisation that she described would need to target people doing it tough, because they are the "most generous". If their new drug was so great, they would get the support they need from more relevant sources.
I wonder how many people they have conned, she was very slick.
15th May 2013 12:51am
osbar says: Being on my income protection insurance and only receiving 75% of my wage due to a degenerative back disease I am finding it hard to make ends meet but I also believe in giving a little to a charity. I have it taken straight out of my pay so I never miss it and it makes me feel better that I am still giving regularly to others in need.
We also donate any items we no longer need to charities so they can be used by people who need it.
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