Have you ever donated to a diabetes charity?

By JDCA2025 Latest Reply 2012-01-18 19:47:03 -0600
Started 2011-08-22 15:18:07 -0500

Hey everybody,

Since everyone here has helped to make some really good discussions, I figured I'd pose this question to the group of you. My organization (Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance) believes people donate to charities with the idea that the money going towards a cure ( mainly due to the way lots of charities advertise), and as such a large amount of our work is going to involve getting major charities to change their advertising and spending habits.

But of course, there's no accounting for everyone. I figured I'd ask you guys if any of you had ever donated to a charity, and why? What did you think it was going to? Or did you not care as long as it went towards something that improved living with diabetes?

We're trying to see where people stand on this so we have a better idea of what to try and get major charities to reform. Any and all responses, as usual, are extremely welcome.

12 replies

kdroberts 2012-01-18 19:47:03 -0600 Report

I have. My local organization has several options for you to specify where you want your money to go. I have donated to a program they run called LEAH (Lend Each A Hand) which provides testing supplies to people who can't afford them and their summer camp to help make it affordable for every kid who wants to go. It's easy to specify, if you donate online you just click a box where you want your money to go.

Theon 2011-08-27 18:15:37 -0500 Report

I contribute to Medic Alert and American diabetes Association. Research has come up with the insulin pump and blood sugar testing - meter and continuous glucose testing. So, maybe there is something else.

byrun 2011-08-25 11:01:27 -0500 Report

I donate through a young lady who participates in an area Tour-de-Cure for diabetes. Since being diagnosed this year, I will increase my donation next time.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-25 10:48:54 -0500 Report

Every year, I collect donations for the ADA. They send me a kit in the mail and I get donations from local businesses and my co-workers.

MrsCDogg 2011-08-24 04:00:19 -0500 Report

I haven't donated to a diabetic charity. The only charity I give to with any degree of regularity is Goodwill or The Salvation Army. I feel that both of them are good causes and they really do help people.
I think that most of the diabetic related charities are a little too political for my tastes anyway.

Harlen 2011-08-23 13:50:45 -0500 Report

I give to Insulin Pumpers links and needymeds.com
They help real people just like me so I can and do give
Hest wishes

jeffrey9127 2011-08-23 07:36:14 -0500 Report

I have donated to the American Cancer Society, and local charities, but I do worry that large organizations may not give enough money to research. Reseach is where the cures and treatment advancements will come from.

JDCA2025 2011-08-23 16:21:55 -0500 Report

It does seem the general consensus is that people prefer donating to local charities far more often so that they can see their money going to good to use.

The JDCA is currently working on ways of giving donors the power to specifically dictate where their money goes in these organizations, though unfortunately, that's all I can really say for now.

jayabee52 2011-08-22 23:58:29 -0500 Report

I have donated to a charity or two, but have not donated to any diabetes related charity. I am on a disability income and it is quite low. I need most of my income for my medical and living expenses. I usually like to give locally so I can see the work my money is doing.

Anonymous 2011-08-22 16:07:45 -0500 Report

i only donate to local charities because with most of the big charties they pay their coe to much of the donated money

JDCA2025 2011-08-23 16:12:42 -0500 Report

That's something we generally hear a lot, and unfortunately, it's true that much of your donated money in most large charities is diverted to other causes than medical research. Prevention is nice, and you have to pay your employees, but people are putting their trust in you when they give you money that it winds up going to research, not into the pockets of your workers.

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