charity http://kplu.org en Learn more about the charities you give money to this holiday season http://kplu.org/post/learn-more-about-charities-asking-your-donation-holiday-season <p></p><p></p><p>There are a lot of worthy (and, perhaps, not-so-worthy) charitable organizations asking for your support at this time of year. How should you decide which ones deserve your money?</p><p>One website that can help you is <a href="http://charitynavigator.org/">charitynavigator.org</a>. It rates charities according to their financial health, accountability and transparency. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about the ratings on this week's Money Matters.</p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:14:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 7391 at http://kplu.org Learn more about the charities you give money to this holiday season A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health! http://kplu.org/post/thing-do-tonight-nw-beer-toast-global-health <p>Live music, great local beers, food, dancing and prizes all in the name of bringing clean water to families in Ethiopia. Where do I sign up?</p><p>Tonight the non-profit organization <a href="http://water1st.org/index.html">Water 1st</a> is hosting their annual &ldquo;Water 1<sup>st</sup><sup> </sup>&mdash; Beer 2<sup>nd</sup>&rdquo; fundraiser at the Seattle Center&rsquo;s Fisher Pavilion. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be <a href="http://water1st.org/involved/x-W1B2_2012_Seattle_RSVP.html">purchased online</a> or at the door.</p><p>This event welcomes like-minded individuals who are passionate about ending global poverty and providing the opportunity to share humanitarian aid to families in Gonbisa Kussaye, Ethiopia, all the while enjoying an evening of fun (you man even see grown men in grass skirts).</p><p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:26:21 +0000 Evan Hoover 4305 at http://kplu.org A thing to do tonight (With NW beer!): Toast to global health! 'Tis the season for charitable giving http://kplu.org/post/tis-season-charitable-giving <p>Greg Heberlein and Dave Meyer usually talk about ways to save and invest money. But on this week&#39;s Money Matters, they concentrate on how to give it away!</p><p>Charitable giving is more important than ever this year. Thanks to the ailing economy, federal, state and local governments have less money to help the needy. More and more people are turning to nonprofit organizations for help.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 3486 at http://kplu.org 'Tis the season for charitable giving Rachel’s charity raises more than $1 million for clean water http://kplu.org/post/rachel%E2%80%99s-charity-raises-more-1-million-clean-water <p>A 9-year-old girl&rsquo;s selfless dream has raised more than $1.26 million dollars for clean water in Africa.</p><p>Rachel Beckwith, of Bellevue, died in a car crash in July. She had turned 9 in June and said her birthday wish was to raise $300 dollars for the cause.</p><p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:10:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2771 at http://kplu.org Rachel’s charity raises more than $1 million for clean water Update: More than $550,000 raised in honor of girl who died http://kplu.org/post/update-more-550000-raised-honor-girl-who-died <p>In honor of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith asked friends and family to donate money to bring clean water to an African village. She was close to her goal when she died over the weekend.</p><p>Nearly 16,000 people have made donations to a clean water project in honor of a nine-year-old Washington state girl. By Wednesday afternoon, there were donations totaling more than $550,000 to &quot;charity: water&quot; in Rachel&#39;s honor.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:50:32 +0000 The Associated Press 2189 at http://kplu.org Update: More than $550,000 raised in honor of girl who died Giving really, really big at Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG Challenge http://kplu.org/post/giving-really-really-big-seattle-foundations-givebig-challenge <p>How long would you guess it takes to raise more than $4 million dollars for charity? In King County, give it 17 hours. That&rsquo;s how long it took The Seattle Foundation to raise more than 18,000 donations in its one-day GiveBIG Challenge. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:43:57 +0000 Vanessa Romo 1952 at http://kplu.org Giving really, really big at Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG Challenge Donate your used musical instrument! http://kplu.org/post/donate-your-used-musical-instrument <p><strong>Do you have a musical instrument that you no longer play?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>If so, donate it to <strong><a href="http://1.kplu.org/instrumentdrive.html">KPLU&#39;s Instrument Drive</a></strong>, in support of <strong><a href="http://www.seattlejazzed.org/">Seattle JazzED</a></strong>.&nbsp; They&#39;re building a musical library where students can check out an instrument and learn to play jazz. With your help, we can get instruments into the hands of aspiring young musicians who want to learn to play music.</p><p><a href="http://1.kplu.org/instrumentdrive.html"><strong>Get more information, and find a drop off location near you!</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:00:00 +0000 KPLU 1805 at http://kplu.org Donate your used musical instrument! Give wisely this holiday season http://kplu.org/post/give-wisely-holiday-season <p>It's that time of year when many of us give generously to charitable organizations. &nbsp;But how do we know where the money is really going? &nbsp;In some cases, more money goes into the pockets of professional fundraisers&nbsp;than to the charity itself. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>You can find out how your dollars are being spent at the <a href="http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search.aspx">Washington Secretary of State's office</a>. &nbsp;</strong>Just type in the organization's name, click the search button and you can see what percentage of dollars goes to charitable services...and how much goes to pay for fundraising.</p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:08:53 +0000 Dave Meyer 282 at http://kplu.org Give wisely this holiday season