Entries for 'Elisabeth Meister'

What’s food got to do with it?
The Life You Can Save's blog usually talks about the challenge of extreme poverty and best ways to combat it, along with big and small ways in which you can contribute to the fight. So what’s food got to do with it?
The Canonization of Inefficiency: Why we need to do better than Mother Teresa and the Vatican
The well-founded and well-documented criticism that has been lobbed at Mother Teresa since the mid-1990s has largely failed to shake her public perception as a saint. Her upcoming canonization begs the question how this is possible and what, if anything, we can we learn from this for our own giving habits.
Why  your inner control freak needs taming when it comes to charitable giving
Some time ago, I had a conversation with a friend about charitable giving. She said that one of the reasons she was giving locally rather than globally was that she felt more in control about where the money goes. But do you really have more control? And what does that mean for those in need?
The Busy Person's Guide to Charitable Giving
You've been wanting to donate money to help the poor for a while now, but there's just so much to think about: You want your money to go to the right place, you want it to do the most good it can do, and you want to be sure it's used the way it should be. Maybe you're also unsure how much you should give. At any rate, you simply haven't had a moment to give it much thought, and you keep putting it off because frankly, who's got the time to do their research on organisations to support? If that sounds like you, here are a few simple solutions!
Can't shake that abstract feeling?
US $3 for a mosquito net, help someone see for US $35, AU$20 for vegetable seeds for a family in Timor-Leste – we've all seen the examples many charities provide of how little it takes to help someone. The aim is to make the impact your money can have more tangible, and clearly this works for many people or aid organisations wouldn't break them down like that – but it's still always felt a bit abstract to me. Maybe because extreme poverty was something happening far away; maybe because these amounts felt like just a number – I couldn't feel the difference they made. So if, like me, you're one of those people who find it hard to relate to these numbers on an emotional level, here's a little story about what finally did it for me – and some suggestions as to what might do it for you as well.
7 Ways to Rock Your Charity Gifts this Holiday Season
We all know the feeling: It's ten days until Christmas and there's that one aunt, that one friend you haven't yet found a present for. Maybe you kept looking for the perfect gift. Maybe the person is one of those people who are notoriously hard to buy for. Or maybe you're a last-minute person and you're still urgently looking for presents for just about everybody! Whatever your situation is, you need something good, and you need it fast. Could a charity gift be the right option for you?
Hitting Up Your Friends for Donations – Five Successful Strategies (part 2)
I recently had the idea to fundraise with a "Coffee Challenge" amongst my friends and family, but my efforts were off to a slow start. So in addition to troubleshooting my approach on my own, I also asked others for advice: people who had more experience than I did. Here are the five strategies they suggested that worked for me!
Hitting Up Your Friends for Donations: A Beginner's Guide (part 1)
A while ago, I read that Australians spend more money on coffee than on donations. Not surprisingly, perhaps, as we have very good coffee over here, but the statistic nevertheless inspired me to play a little fundraising game with my friends: I asked them to keep track of how much they spend on coffee in a week and then give the same amount to Hearts to Harmony, a small Cambodian charity in Siem Reap.
Why does tax deductibility feel so important?
I live in Australia and often find myself strangely reluctant to sign up for an overseas charity that isn't tax deductible. These are great organisations that I'd love to support, so why am I so reluctant?
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