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Free MP3 downloads from Amazon

I’ve been enjoying the free Amazon selections to build my ever-expanding music collection for ages now, and I thought it might be …

My Holiday Plans

This year is slip-sliding toward the finish line and I’m always amazed that every year dissolves so quickly. I’m equally amazed that …

Ways to Give So it Matters

Today, I’m feeling like counting my blessings, and I’m dragging you, fair reader, along for this trip. I’ve assembled some great-looking opportunities …

Charitable Contributions: How Much Actually Helps the Charity?

As we are winding down the old year, I thought I’d share a bit of information that a family member sent me. It’s a link that shows exactly how much of the money raised for a charity is actually reaching the charity, and how much is being sucked up by the fundraising company and the professional solicitor.

For example, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Diabetes Association have 99% of the funds raised going to help the actual cause, and only 1% being used to pay the fundraising engine. That’s a percentage I can get behind!

On the other hand, just the opposite is true for the American Institute for Cancer Research (1% to charity, 99% to solicitor) and the Arthritis Foundation (1% for charitable work, 99% to pay off the fundraisers).

If you want to see the “big” picture on your favorite charities before making those end-of-year contributions, read on!

Jealous of Jodi’s New Sims Pack

Jodi Diehl (SunfrogServices) has bragged on her own blog about getting the new Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack. And, I’m a bit green around the edges.

Wayne and I have decided to get that for Alexzandria for Christmas (Shhhhh! Don’t tell her!) to go with a computer that we are preparing for her holiday surprise… but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait on this particular expansion pack myself!