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Old Sep 8, 11, 1:02 pm   #1
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Welcome to the FlyerTalk Cares! Forum

FlyerTalk members take advantage of earning, maximizing and using miles and points — but generously giving back is also second-nature.

The FlyerTalk Cares! Forum is designed to channel that generosity in directions that strengthen our global community to help make the planet a better place for all.

The following is a small sampling of the initiatives discussed in the FlyerTalk Cares! Forum, including but not limited to:
• Enable impoverished Cambodian children to acquire school supplies and education
• Fund microloans to low-income entrepreneurs on five continents
• Support a memorial to the pilot-in-command of a terrorist-downed aircraft Sep 11, 2001 to raise funds for scholarships
for those pursuing careers as pilots and volunteer medical personnel in areas of crisis
• Support volunteer medical personnel in areas of crisis
You can assist FlyerTalk in helping to improve the world.

This new Forum has been established to encourage the charitable involvement by FlyerTalkers and to allow members to easily ask for support for causes meaningful to them. You can begin a thread if you have 180 posts and 180 days on FlyerTalk. Your charity should be one that you personally support, either with time or money. Walk for the Cure is an example; so is Habitat for Humanity. The charity must be approved as tax exempt within your country. These include the US Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3), and charities registered with the UK Charities Commission or ATO.

Unless specifically noted, FlyerTalk does not endorse the charities listed. Members and readers of FlyerTalk are responsible for their own investigation before making any commitment to any charity listed. There are resources that members might want to check before contributing. These include Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or Guidestar. Some projects may accept donations of miles or points – and FTers are clever at figuring how they can give and earn miles / points!

We do not allow requests for commercial endeavors, mutual benefit organizations (such as Prosper.com) that provide interest on loans, those that offer incentives for recruiting or joining, those that spend over 33% of funds raised (CTRAD / Cost To Raise A Dollar exceeds 33 cents) on administrative functions. We do not permit political giving nor asking for contributions to groups that promote hate or discriminatory actions. Neither do we allow religious giving that restricts donations to their own members.

Only one thread per charity will be allowed. We encourage you to use your signature to link to your thread so that no matter where you post, folks will be able to learn about the cause that is near to your heart.

This forum is moderated by the senior mods. The Community Director has the right to remove a request if it does not serve FlyerTalk well.

Now, help others reach out, whether in the local community or globally.

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Old Dec 4, 11, 10:17 am   #2
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Some Resources...

Also - some resources (to be added to):


Australia
link to Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Implementation Task Force (in effect 1 Jul 2012 - links and information) -

link to video on ACNC formation and organisation on Youtube -

New Zealand
link to New Zealand Charities Commission

link to NZCC page to verify NZ approved charities

United Kingdom
link to United Kingdom Charity Commission (England and Wales) - including Charities Search
Scotland
Link to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
United States of America
link to Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") page "Tax Information for Contributors" with further resource links and information

link to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions downloadable PDF

link to IRS Search for Charities -

Charities Research resources:
USA - link to Charity Navigator (free site - may not list all charities, scores those it does fairly extensively)

USA - link to Guidestar (requires registration, highest service levels for pay, scores and offers documents)

USA - link to Better Business Bureau (free site - may not list all charities; resources and guidelines)

USA - link to Charity Watch (American Institute of Philanthropy - self-regulation perspective; short listing; sells products; offers guidelines)
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