Recommended Charitable Giving 2012

As you’re contemplating the many deserving charities for your end of the year giving, here are some of our favorites — they’re all local, and they all work hard to make Baltimore a better city, despite the odds.  Give often, and give generously!

A few new additions to the list for 2012, some of the same great groups from 2011:

Why these charities and not others that might be equally as deserving?  I have experience with all of them in some way.  I know the executive directors, or I’ve watched them carefully over the years.  These organizations have a few qualities in common:

  • They spend more on programs and/or direct services than they do on swank office space or fundraising/admin costs.
  • They’re organizations that work on the ground, directly making a difference — they “do” more than they “talk”.

So please — be generous.  Without these organizations, Baltimore would surely suffer even more than it already suffers now.  We can’t build a better city without them.

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5 comments

  1. p johnson (@bosconet)

    Not citywide but I like to support the Hampden Family Center ( http://hampdenfamilycenter.org/ )

    Also consider instead of making a lump sum donation to a charity setting up a recurring donation that will add up to that amount throughout the year. Having an expected revenue stream makes budgeting easier for non-profits and makes you’re live easier not having to think about where to donate at the end of the year.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      Agreed. Recurring donations are not only good for the charity for budgeting purposes, it allows the giver to give a larger amount over time.

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