Someone inquired as to what my criteria are for the organizations to which I give and highlight each month. I answered truthfully--I have none. Got me thinking, though--where exactly is my money going? What's the breakdown? Does it reflect my values? So I thought I'd tally up my former giving orgs and see where it all falls out.
The name that shows up on my blog most often is SafePlace, a local organization working to eradicate domestic and sexual violence. I have given to them four times in the past two years. SafePlace is followed in popularity by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Amnesty International, each to whom I have given twice. After that, there are a bunch of one-time donation organizations. These include:
Blanton Art Museum
Austin Public Library
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
A total of 32 different organizations, 12 of them local, 16 national, and 4 local to somewhere else. As I expected, animal organizations are overrepresented. Labor organizations are really underrepresented, as are feminist organizations, and that is something I hope to fix in the next year. I like and hope to keep my fairly local focus. All in all, I'm pleased.