Last year, Consumerism Commentary matched $3,584 in readers’ charitable contributions. For every dollar that readers donated and informed us, we made a matching donation to the World Food Programme (through the American arm of the organization, the Friends of the World Food Program). I felt this was a great way to give thanks to our readers as well as to be thankful that we, as a community, are in a position to help others.
On behalf of Tom, myself, and everyone else who contributes to Consumerism Commentary behind the scenes, have a happy Thanksgiving. I’ve been spending the week with my family in California. I hope that everyone who celebrates this holiday has a chance to spend time with loved ones.
Between now and December
11 17, Consumerism Commentary will match any charitable donations you make, up to $5,000 in total. Feel free to give to a charity of your choice (non-profit, 501(c)3 only), and forward us the receipt through email. Full instructions are at the end of this article. After December 11 17, we will match the total amount donated by readers with a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders in the United States.
MSF recently commented that the response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti has been inadequate. The organization, existing to deliver emergency aid to people affected by epidemics or natural or man-made disasters, has already treated 16,500 individuals affected by the disease, and is currently in the best position to treat more. Doctors Without Borders USA is rated highly by Charity Navigator. The best way to help is to donate with labor or materials, but financial donations have a significant effect, as well.
Here is the organization’s mission statement:
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
MSF’s decision to intervene in any country or crisis is based solely on an independent assessment of people’s needs — not on political, economic, or religious interests. MSF does not take sides or intervene according to the demands of governments or warring parties.
In recognition of its work, MSF was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
For Consumerism Commentary to match your donation, follow these two simple steps:
- Give to a charity of your choice between Thursday, November 25 and Friday, December 17, 2010.
- Email your receipt to charity at this domain (consumerismcommentary.com) by Monday, December 20, 2010.
I will not use your personal information contained on the receipt for any purpose, and you’re free to remove your personal information if you like. Please note that if we reach the maximum of $5,000 before the deadline, we won’t be able to match any subsequent donations.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Also, Jackie from MoneyCrush has agreed to match donations between $5,000 and $6,000 to the Nothing But Nets campaign of the UN Foundation, whose mission is to save lives by preventing malaria in children.
December 16 update: As of today, readers have confirmed donations totaling $8,033 which, including Consumerism Commentary’s and MoneyCrush’s matching contributions, adds up to $14,033 designated for charity! Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far.
Photo: Slideshow Bruce
Updated January 3, 2011 and originally published November 25, 2010.