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American Cancer Society Charity Drive

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When I grew up, I never really thought about donating my hard earned money towards any sort of charity or cause outside of buying some raffle tickets or dropping a dollar or two into the Salvation Army bucket. Now that I’m a little bit older and with a little more discretionary income, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of “large donations” (anytime you pull out a check or a credit card, I consider that large) because a lot of organizations rely on that income in order to continue to do their good works.

So, as I’ve done in the past, I’ll be donating money to the American Cancer Society and I ask that you find it in yourself to put a little bit extra in their stocking as well. Why the ACS and not some other organization? My grandmother suffered from and ultimately succumbed to cancer several years ago when I was in college and so it’s a cause I find myself easily supporting.

Originally, I was trying to get other personal finance bloggers to chip in $100 to the ACS and I was going to do a series of posts highlighting those bloggers but perhaps due to the Thanksgiving holiday or bad timing, only four bloggers took me up on the offer. So, I wanted to especially thank Ricemutt of Experiglot, Tricia at Blogging Away Debt and Nickel at Five Cent Nickel, all of whom sent generous donations to the ACS without even asking what was up my sleeve. I also wanted to thank Blunt Money for telling me that she would chip in some once I solidified what I was going to do.

So instead of a “twelve days of giving” as I originally planned, I’m just going to ask you all to find it in your hearts send a little money towards the ACS this holiday season. I’ll also be compiling a list of donors after the jump. (there are also the rules for appearing after the jump)

Donate To The American Cancer Society

Rules For Donor List:
Readers: If you’re just a reader, just send me an email of how much you’ve donated to the ACS and whether this post led you to donate and I’ll put you on the list (You can say you’re Mike from Baltimore if you’d like).
Bloggers: If you are a blogger and want to appear on the list, plus a link, simply send me a screenshot (you can blank out everything except your name, the date and the amount) of your donation over $20 to the ACS and you will be listed. I also ask that you link to this charity drive post as well. (If you don’t care about the link, just send in your info like a reader) Thanks!

Donate To The American Cancer Society

Total Contributions: $1170

Generous Donors:

  1. Ricemutt of Experiglot – $100
  2. Tricia at Blogging Away Debt – $100
  3. Nickel at Five Cent Nickel – $100
  4. Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity – $500
  5. Blunt Money at Blunt Money – $100
  6. Frugal Frugalson at Picking Up Nickels – $250
  7. Hydroponics & Grow Lights – $20

Thank you!

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9 Responses to “American Cancer Society Charity Drive”

  1. American Cancer Society Charity Drive

    While there’s no such thing as a bad time to donate to charity, this time of year seems to bring out the best in people. Perhaps it’s the holidays, or maybe it’s the fact that the end of the year is looming, and people are starting to…

  2. Jordan says:

    Do you know how they spend their money? Like, what percentage actually goes to research/works vs admin fees?

  3. FMF says:

    Jordan —

    According to Charity Navigator, the ACS spends almost 70% on program expenses. Unfortunately, the spend 8% on administrative costs and 22% on fundraising. As such, they’re rated 2 out of 4 stars.

    I commend what Jim is doing here (giving to charity) but I’d suggest the Lance Armstrong Foundation for future cancer-related efforts (disclaimer: this is my cancer charity of choice.) They get 3 of 4 stars. FYI, the National Cancer Coalition gets 4 of 4 stars, but I’m not sure what they do.

  4. fengshui says:

    Well, I don’t want to sound insensitive.
    Just know that I lost both of my grandparents to Cancer.
    Cancer is a deadly disease and I don’t think it will ever cease. WHY?
    Well, look at what we consume on a regular bases. Cancer is a very recnt thing. People weren’t dying left and right 100 years ago.
    While I try to support large organizations it really bothers me because no matter how much money we give they will never produce a cure. For large donations we have alot of pharma companies to thank.
    I don’t want to suggest to anyone to not give but be very careful. 50 yrs later, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LATER, they will still have their hand out.

  5. Fengshui, are you serious? 100 years ago people weren’t living to be old enough to die of cancer. LIfe expectancy for white males born in 1890 (who would thus be ‘coming of age’ 100 years ago) was just 42.5 years. For females it was about 2 years better, and for other races it was much, much worse.

  6. fngshuikk says:

    YES FIVECENTNICKEL.COM I am very serious.
    You can save your statistics because i am not speaking on those terms. We are not talking about life expectancy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientst to dwell or ponder the idea that they take alot of donations and keep asking. A smaller percentage is actually spent on OUR DONATIONS. Let’s keep in mind that I lost 2 grandparents and donate my self and would never suggest anyone not to. You just have to be careful where it goes and the problem falls with alot of these “associations”. I believe that its a very big cycle. America gets sick, they want to put you on drugs that eventually will kill you, and we keep donating. Dont you know that if there was a cure, big pharma, doctors, and the affiliates will be out of business…They pay each other to keep themselves in business
    Contest me if you want to but we will never have a cure because gov. will never have it that way and if there ever was it will be kept a secret. Remember 50 yrs down road…more money is poured.
    But hey what do i know.

  7. fengshuikk says:

    In the light of things…i dont want this to become a disagreement because its a delicate subject. Plus Jim gave for his family member that passed away and I dont want to get into politics on something sincere Jim created.

  8. NCN says:

    Jim, I’m doing a series on worthy charities. If you’d like this article to be featured during the month of December, let me know..

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