Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Do what you can for philanthropy.

I saw this topic in the newspaper. Amy Fisher, who rose to infamy as the Long Island Lolita in the Mary Jo Buttafuco shooting, has decided to become a stripper (I guess her foray into "acting" didn't work out so well). She decided to donate the tips she receives during her local debut (she also seems to have her own gift matching program) to help with the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts.

This is not a review nor an advertisement for the stripping show so you'll have to look elsewhere for that. It is, though, more of a reminder for philanthropy and generally doing good. My wife and I believe in philanthropy. That's a simple sentence but I think that it says a lot. We try our best to help out when we can. Sometimes we can do better than other times but we try to try. I've been successful raising a lot of money for charities (one of the reasons that I've been able to do umpteen events with Team in Training). It doesn't always have to be about money (although that seems to always helps and is often the focus) and sometimes you run the risk that some may try to take advantage of you but the rewards out weighs the risks.

I haven't found the "perfect" charity yet but do have some favorite and unfavorites. Many of you may have favorites and unfavorites too. Leave a comment or send me a mail with your favorites and ones you think should be avoided and why. I'll try to summarize them in a later post even though this is completely unscientific assuming I get enough interest.

Does Amy believe in Haiti relief? I hope so. The Rockstar household will be donating something to help out with the recovery there but we haven't decided which organization could help best yet. It probably won't be an organization that gives stripping lessons though.

PS: Charity Navigator at http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1004 has summarized a list of their top reviewed charities that are targeting Haiti relief. Not an endorsement for Charity Navigator nor any of the charities themselves but more information can't hurt.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. Part of philanthropy is ensuring the causes and organizations you are helping are legitimate.

Brookniceshoes said...

Thanks for the link...hope all is well Rockstar...NB isn't the same.

Big Clyde said...

Thanks for taking the time to write about this. I agree with your point. Amy likely cares much more about raising publicity for herself, than raising funds for Haiti. Sad world. Thanks for the perspective.

Diane said...

My family is a big fan of Heifer International
I believe that they are well known and respected.

And of course there's always the local food bank, homeless shelter and animal shelter.

Keep up the good work Rockstar :)

Jess said...

Great link to share. It's always good to confirm your money is going where you think it is.