Here a charity, there a charity, everywhere a charity, charity.
The majority of charities are hogwash, especiallly in the homelessness industry. The whole charity game is repleat with professional charity organizers. To them its just an other source of income, and fairly easy income at that. Once they figure out how to create one 501(c)3 tax deductable organization, they can make a million of them. And the homeless industry is easy pickin’s for those with the gall. All they have to do then is advertise that they address the needs of the homeless, and put on a professional looking facade, and people will throw money at them. Then all they have to do is take 50%, or even less, of the donations received, go out to some store and buy some stuff, then drive out to where the homeless are and quickly distribute the stuff. They then pocket the rest of the money. And for this, people will pat them on the back and tell them what a great people they are.
Even for more legitimate organizations, just how much of your donation is going to those in need, and how much is going towards payroll for the director and staff of the charity? Send ten bucks to a rescue mission and more than likely all you’ve done is buy them a case of paper clips. I would suggest instead that you put that10 dollars on a McDonalds gift card and personally deliver it to a homeless person. That way you know 100% of your money is spent the way you want it to – directly benefiting the homeless. An this way you’ll receive the real credit and appreciation that you deserve – not some mass produced “thank you” card from an impersonal organization, but a sincere smile and a hand shake from the very person you helped.