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« on: April 24, 2012, 01:11:05 AM »

I made a new year's resolution to donate $1,000 to a good cause, and so I've been saving up all of the money I can right now in a jar and so far I have $115 and it got me thinking; where should I donate this money once I reach $1,000? I want it to be something that will help the Orthodox Church and I was thinking of maybe directly donating it to my parish, but, I started thinking, I just do not see $1,000 of American money going very far in the first-world. And why donate to a well-off American Church when we have Churches living in poverty where $1,000 American dollars can go much farther than they can here? So, I was wondering, do any of you know any good Orthodox causes that I can donate to? I was thinking of donating it to Patriarch Kirill, but after his scandal with the watch I am a bit weary of doing that, but I would prefer to use the money to aid the Russian Church in some way if I can. Are there any tiny, obscure parishes in Russia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East that are really struggling economically that I can directly donate the money too? Since I'm kind of weary of donating the money directly to a Patriarch.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 01:16:44 AM »

The IOCC is a worthy cause. They do traditional missionary work all around the world, and from all accounts the money is used well.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 01:16:56 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 01:26:30 AM »

Fwiw, if you want to help missions there is always the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, which lists the following areas as places that it presently works in:

Cameroon
Ghana
Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
Albania
Kosovo
Moldova
Romania
Indonesia
South Korea
Mongolia
Guatemala
United States

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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 01:33:51 AM »

I second either IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) or OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center). Both of them are pan-Orthodox organizations under the Episcopal Assembly of North America and do tons of good work all over the world, whether it's in traditional Orthodox lands that need a hand or in brand new mission fields.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 07:03:24 AM »

I would be less inclined to give money to IOCC.  Yes, they do good work, but they also already receive a lot of money, especially from big-wigs like Senators, etc. (don't they receive some money from the US gov't?  I thought I remembered reading that somewhere.).  I would look for something smaller or more local.   There may even be a struggling mission parish within your diocese that would be very blessed by a $1000 donation. Talk with your priest.

In addition, there are several very good but struggling charities within the Orthodox faith.  Here's two that come immediately to mind.

Fr. Daniel Byantoro's charity Friends of Indonesia is one  http://friendsofindonesia.org/

There's also one within the ROCOR jurisdiction that is in Haiti.  They are REALLY struggling.  http://www.orthodoxhaiti.org/ or here: http://rocormissions.org/

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 03:55:43 PM »

There are a couple of Orthodox teams at kiva dot org (microloans).
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 04:07:04 PM »

you said>>>"I made a new year's resolution to donate $1,000 to a good cause, and so I've been saving up all of the money I can"

I personally dont like donating $$ to "good causes", i know, i know but thats just me, its my choice.
(the only place i dontat to an org is "St. josephs childerns hospital")
This came after i realised when all is said and done 1k donated gets down to abt 400 bucks left that actually gets where its meant to go. thre are orgs that say 100% of what u donate go directly to the cause, but i doubt it.

So, what i do is i find people i know or know of and help them directly. I always find ways to help deserving families WITHOUT them knowing it was me. I find this so much more fullfilling than donating it to a organization
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 04:22:34 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012, 04:47:33 PM »

A local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, battered women's shelter. most chartities in the US have seen a great reduction in donations the last couple of years, especially small local ones.
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2012, 11:45:59 PM »

Use google and find some Ukrainian Orthodox churches that help with orphanages in the Ukraine.   Many of those orphanages are very poor and run down.   You could donate to those churches in care of the orphans.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2012, 04:44:00 AM »

Use google and find some Ukrainian Orthodox churches that help with orphanages in the Ukraine.   Many of those orphanages are very poor and run down.   You could donate to those churches in care of the orphans.

Be careful with this.   Corruption is out of control here.  I wouldn't be surprised if a good chunk of any money donated to Ukraine ends up in the wrong hands.  The other issue is that "rich Americans" are sending money, local officials will steal what the orphans are legally entitled to from the state. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2012, 10:15:25 AM »

Our parishes need our support, but if you feel your parish doesn't need more than your routine stewardship, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has a wonderful church planting grant program.  It provides seed money and support to small new mission parishes, that have not received parish status as yet.  The donation would be sent directly to the OCA's Central Administration.  You can check the OCA's website for more details, "oca.org".  $1,000 would be a lot of money to any of the missions; not that I disagree with any of the options noted above.

The St. Herman House of Hospitality, a residence to homeless unemployed and underemployed men, that provides meals too, along with the daily Divine Services of the Orthodox Church, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy, is a most worthy cause.  If your interested, PM me for details, though they have a website.

You may also wish to look over your parish's budget to see which charitable concerns your parish supports, as other options for you to consider.

Look into the seminaries and monasteries, too.

"Come Receive the Light" and "Ancient Faith Radio" are other worthy options.

Often we may think our parishes don't need additional support, but as a parish council member I will tell you, there is always a project that gets ignored due to lack of funds.  My church comfortably raises our $650,000.00 operating budget, but we've delayed for too many years repaving our parking lot due to the probable 1/2 million dollar cost, and this year we will be spending our $400,000.00 savings to replace all the roofs over our church, hall, and classrooms.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2012, 03:40:41 PM »

Use google and find some Ukrainian Orthodox churches that help with orphanages in the Ukraine.   Many of those orphanages are very poor and run down.   You could donate to those churches in care of the orphans.

Be careful with this.   Corruption is out of control here.  I wouldn't be surprised if a good chunk of any money donated to Ukraine ends up in the wrong hands.  The other issue is that "rich Americans" are sending money, local officials will steal what the orphans are legally entitled to from the state. 

I trust you. If I were to personally wire you the money do you think you could manually donate it to a worthy cause like some struggling Ukranian parish trying to aid orphanages or something?
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2012, 03:52:34 PM »

Use google and find some Ukrainian Orthodox churches that help with orphanages in the Ukraine.   Many of those orphanages are very poor and run down.   You could donate to those churches in care of the orphans.

Be careful with this.   Corruption is out of control here.  I wouldn't be surprised if a good chunk of any money donated to Ukraine ends up in the wrong hands.  The other issue is that "rich Americans" are sending money, local officials will steal what the orphans are legally entitled to from the state. 

I trust you. If I were to personally wire you the money do you think you could manually donate it to a worthy cause like some struggling Ukranian parish trying to aid orphanages or something?

Do something local.  There are plenty of needy orphans even in California. 
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2012, 05:38:37 PM »

Last time I checked out Internal Orthodox Christian Charities was a very good and reputable charity to donate to. I have no reason to think that has changed but just sayin'. You can indicate your donation for different things such as helping people in Georgia or Serbia or different things (I don't really remember the other things any more).

Just, they will send you an enormous amount of mail soliciting more donations and lots of glossy pamphlets that probably cost a bit to make...
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2012, 07:08:33 PM »

I made a new year's resolution to donate $1,000 to a good cause, and so I've been saving up all of the money I can right now in a jar and so far I have $115 and it got me thinking; where should I donate this money once I reach $1,000? I want it to be something that will help the Orthodox Church and I was thinking of maybe directly donating it to my parish, but, I started thinking, I just do not see $1,000 of American money going very far in the first-world. And why donate to a well-off American Church when we have Churches living in poverty where $1,000 American dollars can go much farther than they can here? So, I was wondering, do any of you know any good Orthodox causes that I can donate to? I was thinking of donating it to Patriarch Kirill, but after his scandal with the watch I am a bit weary of doing that, but I would prefer to use the money to aid the Russian Church in some way if I can. Are there any tiny, obscure parishes in Russia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East that are really struggling economically that I can directly donate the money too? Since I'm kind of weary of donating the money directly to a Patriarch.

I think I should mention an Orthodox orphanage near to where I live, St Innocent, in the Tijuana Mexico region:
http://www.projectmexico.org.

There is also a local Orthodox home for women in crisis in Escondido CA:
http://www.marthaandmaryhouse.org


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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2012, 01:25:16 AM »

I have a new suggestion for donating some of the money: a nice baptismal outfit Wink  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2012, 03:58:51 AM »

Have a look at the work The King's Jubilee are doing: http://www.shoutforjoy.net/

Scroll back a bit to get a full understanding of how much they do and the obstacles they are facing.
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2012, 06:39:19 AM »

Go local. Many small local org's are struggling and don't have the fundrasing power of large national and international org's.
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2012, 01:19:55 PM »

Go local. Many small local org's are struggling and don't have the fundrasing power of large national and international org's.

Sounds like a good idea. There are food banks, shelters for victims of violence, etc.
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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2012, 01:34:20 PM »

Go local. Many small local org's are struggling and don't have the fundrasing power of large national and international org's.

Sounds like a good idea. There are food banks, shelters for victims of violence, etc.

Our parish has supported the Orthodox Childrens' Home of St. Nicholas in Medzilaborce, Slovakia for many years. Run by the Orthodox Diocese of Presov, Slovakia, the home has a special ministry for Roma children. Dealing with Roma has been an historical problem in that region and working to reduce the bigotry and bias against these children has been a special mission of the Diocese for many years. 100% of all funds go directly to the home via our parish. Just another good option to consider.
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2012, 02:38:27 PM »

I have my paycheck set-up so that every payday I automatically donate by deduction $15 to both the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center) via the United Way. My employer, Bank of America, matches my contributions, allowing my donation to have even more impact.
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« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2012, 05:43:53 PM »

Sorry to divert, but Reply No. 22 prompted me:  When your employer harasses you for a United Way contribution, you can designate IOCC the recipient, if the contribution meets some administrative threshold.  IOCC has a United Way code number.
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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2012, 08:45:29 PM »

Sorry to divert, but Reply No. 22 prompted me:  When your employer harasses you for a United Way contribution, you can designate IOCC the recipient, if the contribution meets some administrative threshold.  IOCC has a United Way code number.

Yup, I looked that up when they were doign the annual United Way sign-ups and that is where I signed up to have my $15 to these two charities matched every payday.
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« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2012, 08:59:47 PM »

"Bravo," as we say in Greek.
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