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PHILANTHROPY


Giving away a portion of your wealth can be a highly personal decision. In light of this, we have selected several articles which we feel will offer some background about major issues that you should be aware of. Expenses are always a concern when gifting, so we have included some links which will allow you to judge whether a charity is using donations efficiently and is doing a good job of controlling their overhead expenses. We also think that you may want to take a look at some local charities as part of your giving plan. We have listed a basic selection of charities, which is by no means comprehensive, to offer some options for you to explore. If you have any other causes that you would like to see listed in this section, please let us know.

 

“My business is to do as much good in the world as I can.” – Andrew Carnegie Articles

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Breaking the Silence

New York Times – 3/18/2008

“Families have often avoided the discussion of inheritance, which involves both death and money. But as the nature of wealth in America changes, many people are beginning to talk more openly about their money and the purpose it has for them.” – John Leland

 

12 Key Trends and What They Mean for the New Giving Landscape

Millenium Communications Group Inc.

Changes in society will affect the future of philanthropy. Racial and ethnic diversity, international giving, and online donations are a few of the trends examined in this article. The article is presented in the form of a chart, which lists the trends and their implications for the new giving landscape.

 

With a Charity for Soldiers, Youths Make Recycling Pay

New York Times – 3/29/07

Two teenagers in Boston have raised $1 million for phone cards for American troops overseas by cashing in used cell phones.

 

What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?

New York Times – 12/17/06

Peter Singer takes a close look at philanthropy. He examines our motives for giving, and whether or not we are truly being altruistic. Singer asks whether the rich have an obligation to give, and if so, how much. Bill Gates has given away approximately 35% of his wealth, yet he still tops the Forbes list of richest Americans. Has he given enough?

 

LINKS

Donors have a responsibility to give careful thought to contributing financially to a foundation before actually doing so. They must ensure that their donations are well-placed, meaning that they are indeed supporting the cause of the organization in question, not its management. The websites linked below rate various charities in the efficiency of their operations.

GiveWell

www.givewell.net

Former hedge fund managers study charities and rank them on their effectiveness.

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

www.charitywatch.org

Lists charities by subject, and grades them according to financial criteria.

 

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

www.give.org

Reports on charities according to 20 financial and governance standards.

 

Charity Navigator

www.charitynavigator.org

Rates charities based on financial criteria, including financial efficiency.

 

GuideStar

www.guidestar.org

Lists financial and program information for over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations.

 

HUMAN SERVICES CHARITIES

Buffalo City Mission

100 East Tupper Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 854-8181

www.buffalomission.org

 

Food Bank of Western New York

91 Holt Street

Buffalo, NY 14206

(716) 852-1305

www.foodbankwny.org

 

Gerard Place

2515 Bailey Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14215

(716) 897-9948

www.gerardplace.org

 

NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo

21 Davidson Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14215

(716) 836-5188

http://www.nativitymiguelbuffalo.org/

 

United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

742 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 887-2626

www.uwbec.org

 

MEDICAL CHARITIES


Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

700 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 898-8600

www.hwi.buffalo.edu

 

Hunter’s Hope Foundation

P.O. Box 643

Orchard Park, NY 14127

(877) 984-4673

www.huntershope.org

 

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation

P.O. Box 631

Buffalo, NY 14240

(716) 845-4444

www.roswellpark.org/Giving/About_Us

 

ANIMAL WELFARE


Niagara Aquarium Foundation

701 Whirlpool Street

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

(800) 500-4609

www.aquariumofniagara.org

 

SPCA Serving Erie County

205 Ensminger Road

Tonawanda, NY 14150

(716) 629-3523

www.spcaec.com

 

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS


Catholic Charities of Buffalo

525 Washington Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 856-4494

www.ccwny.org

 

Jewish Foundation of Greater Buffalo

787 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 886-7750

www.jfedbflo.com

 

ARTS


Buffalo Fine Arts Academy

1285 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 270-8247

www.albrightknox.org

 

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

499 Franklin Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 885-0331

www.bpo.org

 

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

Horizons Plaza

P.O. Box 1263

Buffalo, NY 14240

(800) 678-1873

www.wned.org