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Is donating to an educational childrens charity in a developed economy better then donating to help international childrens welfare charity?

I am trying to work out which charity to donate to and found myself thinking if it was better to donate to a local charity thats supports disadvantaged childrens learning, or is it better and more worth while to donate to an international aid charity such as world vision to help starving children that desperately need immediate help to be able to survive.

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    Jul 10 2012: Dave, First I salute your intentions and your concern for children. You have started at the right place. Prior to donating your funds ask the right questions. If you go to charities you will find millions of people want to take your money. I, like you, want my money to help the people I wanted to help. My research was on the major US aid agencies. The sad truth I found was that the bulk of the donations went to admionistrative salaries and operations costs and only a small percentage went to those in need. I looked at church organizations and found that many were really ineffective. Their intentions were good but the products shipped were taken at the docks and again never reached the needy. Money sent over seas almost always lines the pockets of the leaders and never gets to the needy. The US sent billions to Hati to recover from the disaster and they still live in squaller. Investigations are on going but again the money never got to the needy. There are good organizations and church work so do not be discouraged.

    Being involved does not mean just throwing money at the problem. It also means investigating prior to donating and following up on results.

    Education is important and there are some boarding schools that provide the essentials in the whole development of the child such as food, medical, and educating.

    There are many starving and needy children in the world and that is of course a major consideration.

    Do your homework and when you narrow it down to a managable three or four that you feel are worthy and are confident will help the children you can allow your heart and pocketbook to proceed.

    All the best. Bob.
  • Jul 9 2012: The most important thing is what is in your heart.
    You can not solve all the world's problems, but you can commit to meeting immediate and desperate needs that touches your heart. The needs that are in your capacity and ability to commit to.

    If it is from the heart it will be obvious in the way you go about it. The honesty will win approval; you will be a good example.
    Some other people will follow your example and the field of charity will be broadened.
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    Jul 30 2012: I would suggest if you go for local donation that would be more better. Because Intl organization has so many contacts with many Intl company. So many MNC approaches to International NGO.
    So i will suggest go for local community help.
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    Jul 14 2012: Its fortunate that you are willing to donate, My suggestion would be that you should donate money to organisations working for the betterment of poor children in the developing world, because :
    1) For the same amount, more no of children can be supported.
    2) Its better to provide a starving child food then a well off child with education.
    3) Govt has got other areas of economy to look for, so education may not be priority in developing nation, while in most developed nations educations tops the priority list.
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    Jul 10 2012: Charity starts at home
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    Jul 10 2012: David,
    Good thing that you have enrolled yourself in the list of people who love to donate and help people who are in need of stability.
    What i feel is u need to help people who are starving rather people who in need of learning because 'if you survive from starving you can survive from any other thing'
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    Jul 9 2012: A severely malnourished child cannot sit in a desk and profit from teaching. Nor can an ill child. First things first. Water, food, shelter from the elements and from hostilities. Education is secondary.