When I google charity scandals, I was surprised to see what came up. Not just surprised but appalled. I’m appalled. Charities are collecting millions of dollars for cancer, Haiti, 9/11, hurricanes, the list goes on, and immoral acts of greed are being committed by the boards, trustees, managers, and commissioners (in other words, people with big titles) who are in charge of dispensing donations.

Back in the day my parents taught us that giving to others was a worthwhile act. If your parents weren’t telling you this, then you were hearing similar messages in your place of worship, or place of work. And its true, helping others is valuable, meaningful and necessary. As humans, we’re working to co-exist peacefully in an otherwise, prickly world. It’s our duty to help those who are less fortunate than us because we can. The charitable organization most recently called out for diverting well-intended funds to help is WOUNDED WARRIORS and has got me questioning the effectiveness of big charity.

How do some people responsible for allocating large funds (including my donation money) get HIJACKED so often? I’m so done being a sucker and trusting these large organizations with no transparency. DONE!!!

These organizations single handedly hurt the fabric of charitable altruism in America and those who give to help one another. I believed that Wounded Warrior was using the funds (given to them by generous people) to help veterans, but when small donations turned into millions of dollars, this organization treated donations as if it was revenue??

They should have fixed the VA, or helped homelessness, or created shelters for homeless veterans returning from the war… but no… they spent the money we gave them in good faith on lavish meetings, showy conferences, and what they call “overhead” (80% of over $300 million went to overhead).

How do I continue to donate when this occurs far too many times? The charitable industry is ripe with issues and truthfully, ripe with disruption. Technology, especially the new millennial generation, should do something about this issue. Someone needs to break apart the duality between a highly visible charity and an underdog charity which goes under the radar, over and over again.

So, luckily I stumbled upon a new start-up looking to solve these problems, because in truth, I don’t want to stop helping, I just don’t want to give to the gigantic charities anymore. The company is called Karma Points ( I can give as little as $1 a day to a rotating list of small charities (those usually run and managed by younger, motivated individuals) who aren’t motivated to get rich, but want to be of benefit to others. They give your funds to a new project each week, making sure that you track the movements and actions of each charity and the best part, I get the trust and transparency of these organizations so I can see who I helped!

My donation is spread among multiple charities, helping 52 organizations each year, making my donation go to more than just one cause. I like giving to animal organizations but I would like to help people who need a prosthesis too. And hunger. And electricity!

It also lets me release my judgments about giving in general. Help is good, no matter how $ gets used (except when its used in ways that look like taking a private plane to a private party on a secluded island and having a lavish meal). Or sending out slick donation materials. Use my money directly for another being in need!! That’s what Karma Points is all about and that’s where my respect goes!

At least now, I have an opportunity to make my parents proud.

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