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  •  info on national anti-cruelty, aspca, humane soc? (1+ / 0-)
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    Missys Brother

    i give to my local branches, but also the nationals...

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:35:26 AM PST

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    •  I'd avoid nationals, tbh. (6+ / 0-)

      They spend a lot of their money on large-scale advertising campaigns and lobbying efforts.  It seems like local groups actually do more "hands on" stuff to help animals, like run shelters and such.  

      •  Since when is lobbying for a good cause bad? (3+ / 0-)
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        To be truly efffective on a large scale, Congressional and State level lobbying is a requirement and it costs money.  For example, Autism Speaks and others spent time effort and funds getting the Combating Autism Act (CAA) passed in 2006 and it's reauthorization bill (CARA) last year.  Those bills jumpstarted a long overdue effort to direct scientific research dollars into a disorder impacting 1 in 88 kids born today (and tons of adults).  To date that has meant over 1B from a baseline of zero.  That is meaningful to the may thousands of people and families desperate for new therapies and interventions to help with the often (though not always) debilitating manifestations of the disorder.  In addition, lobbying efforts are underway in all 50 states to pass insurance reform to prevent discrimination against people with autism who want behavioral therapy.  All lobbying   All good stuff.

        "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

        by Critical Dune on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:23:17 AM PST

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        •  It's all about what you want to fund (3+ / 0-)
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          Fineena, marzook, Critical Dune

          and transparency from the organization itself.

          As you say, in some cases, lobbying is just what you want. The Sierra Club, for example, is a group that lobbies,  a group that many of us would support. But, all of us understand that that is what they do.

          The Humane Society of the US is also a group that spends most of its money on lobbying. You might have reasonably assumed that they send funds to local animal shelters in some fashion, but it is not where they spend their money. I would say that in their requests for money, that they don't present themselves as a group that advocates for changes in the law.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:37:18 AM PST

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          •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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            I didn't know that they were such a powerful opponent to factory farms, the NRA, and others.  I would've assumed the local shelter got the funding too. However their website is front and center with their lobbying focus.

            My efforts on behalf autism insurance reform has pitted me directly against the Chamber of Commerce and the insurance lobby for many, many years.  It's been quite an education. We are making great headway but still have a long way to go.  Without the financial resources and professional help that came on board over the last five years or so, on an all volunteer basis our progress was a thousand times slower(we're up to 32 States).  

            "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

            by Critical Dune on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:49:39 AM PST

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          •  I don't know if you know this, but organizations (2+ / 0-)
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            that engage in lobbying activities are wholly separate entities from the charitable wings.  Meaning that if you give to Planned Parenthood which operates the clinics, none of your donations go towards lobbying activities.  The Planned Parenthood Action committee (I think that's what they're called) is the advocacy and policy group - they are separate entities by law.

    •  The Humane Society of the United States (4+ / 0-)

      is listed at 19.5%. I don't see any listings for the others.

      There are a lot of animals groups listed but too many for me to type at this time.

      •  There are small, no-kill shelters scattered around (3+ / 0-)
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        Missys Brother, takeahike, marzook

        It may take a bit of searching, or one may happen on one through a link from a wise diary on DKos (:-), but I find that any charity with enough loose resources to send me a mailer and hound me by phone (e.g., US Olympic Committee) already has enough without my pittance.

        Agreed:  look for local or regional groups that do well by their employees and do even better for those they help.  (e.g., RoadRunner Food Bank, Albuquerque NM; Almost Home Adoptions (for cats), Westminster CO)

        (-7.62,-7.33) l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:59:55 AM PST

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    •  Humane Society of the US (2+ / 0-)
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      Fineena, marzook

      does not spend much if any on actual animals. Their money goes to lobbying.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:33:45 AM PST

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