A Guide to Giving – The New York Times

The end of the year is a time when people often evaluate their charitable giving and make final donations. We know that choosing where to give can sometimes seem overwhelming. Today’s newsletter is meant to help you.

Below, you’ll find tips and ideas for articles in The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, Mashable, and more.

How do you maximize the impact of your donations, especially if you can’t afford to give in large amounts? Farhad Manjoo, a Times Opinion columnist, has an answer: use a service called GiveWell.

“Each year, GiveWell distills its in-depth research into a list of the best charities – the organizations that do the most good in the world (in terms of lives saved or improved) at the least cost,” writes Farhad. GiveWell’s recommendations tend to be concentrated in the poorest parts of the world, where even small donations can do a lot of good.

One such example, recommended by our former colleague Nicholas Kristof, is the Seva Foundation. “A significant part of their job is to remove cataracts with a 15-minute surgery that costs around $ 50 per eye,” as Holly Christensen wrote in The Akron Beacon Journal. Your small donation can restore someone’s vision.

Another example: consider supporting efforts to fight Covid. You can donate directly to the World Health Organization or to Gavi, the nonprofit that supports Covax, the UN-backed effort to immunize people in low-income countries.

“But what if you want to donate money to people who are closer? Farhad asks. It also makes sense. It can give you a connection with your community, with people you might see every day.

The Detroit News turned local donations into a contest, listing several charities – including groups that provide homeless services and support for LGBTQ youth – and inviting readers to donate. The charity that raised the most received an additional donation of $ 20,000.

One piece of advice we’ve offered in the past and will repeat: Consider donating money to a local journalism source you trust. National publications like The Times are doing well. But local journalism is in crisis and it is the basis of a healthy democracy. The Washington Post took a look at nonprofit newsrooms trying to fill the void in local news.

Margaret Renkl, a Times Opinion contributor, argues for a special focus on climate change. On the contrary, the failure of the federal government to enact climate legislation strengthens its case. But where can people donate?

Margaret advocates for “supporting environmental nonprofits that turn giving into collective action:”

Nonprofit information sources that educate the public about environmental risks in their own community. Legal organizations that hold industry accountable and advocate for greater conservation action in the private sector and at all levels of government. Conservatories that work to protect ecosystems while they are still intact.

Even if you know you want to donate to charities that focus on climate change, it can be difficult to choose which one. Vox has compiled a list of what it says are “the most effective, profitable, and evidence-based organizations.”

If you need more, Forbes also offers some advice and recommends using Giving Green, an organization that “assesses and recommends the most promising environmental charities in terms of effectiveness in tackling climate change.”

Sardi’s is a Broadway institution. The restaurant has been around longer than some theaters and has hosted Tony, Oscar and even, once a year, the winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In 1947, at the first Tony Awards, the restaurant’s founder, Vincent Sardi Sr., won a special award “for providing a transitional home and comfort station for theater people.”

Thanks to millions of federal aid, the restaurant survived 648 days of closure. And last week, it tentatively reopened with limited hours and reduced capacity. At its peak, Sardi employed nearly 130 people – now it has 58.

Still, Sardi’s overcame its fair share of challenges. “It’s popular and it’s a thing of the past,” writes theater reporter Michael Paulson in The Times, “but he’s always been there, known more for his cartoons than his cuisine, attracting a mix of insiders from the world. industry and theater-loving visitors. ” – Sanam Yar, a morning writer

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