Local Donations with Low Overhead

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I'm looking to donate cash to a local organization that's helping during the pandemic, but want to choose one that has a relatively low overhead where the majority of money would go to those in need and not for the organization's expenses. Does anyone have recommendations?

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Lem4058 Apr 17, 2020 06:11 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

Mental Wellness Center 617 Garden St 93101. They ordinarily provide a place for homes and homeless mentally ill individuals to gather M-F 9:30-3:00. Along with Social Services and counseling, they provide a lunch daily. They are Still providing lunch daily, and I know they'd really appreciate donations. Of course the lunches are brown bag now, Social distancing a must, and no eating on the premises.

Space Apr 17, 2020 08:44 AM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

Check out the Family Service Agency (FSA) website. FSA works throughout Santa Barbara County to provide for the basic needs of families and seniors, including access to food, shelter, and mental health services. It is currently working collaboratively with government agencies, United Way and other local charities to help meet the needs of the community during this crisis.

mtndriver Apr 17, 2020 08:34 AM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

Food Bank for sure! They are very efficient and there is a tremendous need right now, kids who normally get school meals at home with parents who have either been laid off or can’t afford to take time off, but have to take care of their children. And others, of course—number of people they are serving has skyrocketed with this pandemic. 4 stars on Charity Navigator year after year.

SB_93117 Apr 17, 2020 06:19 AM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

The United Way is partnering with several local philanthropists to provide funding for child care services to essential workers in our community. This not only helps the essential workers, but the BUSINESSES they work for, the child care centers where their children are enrolled, AND our community to stay operational. It is a win-win-win-win! Please donate to the Emergency Child Care Initiative fund!!

EastBeach Apr 16, 2020 11:35 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

We've also donated to Food Bank and Direct Relief during this pandemic. I'm sure there are other effective charities as well.

EastBeach Apr 17, 2020 10:16 AM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

On a different note, many public radio stations are doing a great job getting news and information out (e.g. KPCC had a great segment on applying for pandemic assistance the other day). They've also postponed their pledge drives so could use some help.

RHS Apr 16, 2020 06:24 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

OK, we just donated a good sum to Food Bank. We were happy to help people in this time of stress. But I simply cannot understand the compulsion that money should only be given to 'local' charities. Santa Barbara is more affluent than most places. We should share as we are able. And please remember that when you pay taxes one major purpose of that is to provide for needy people all over the state and nation. Public (e.g., government) charity (ridiculed by right wing propaganda as 'welfare' or 'dole') is critical to our souls and our well being as conscientious humans.

simplyhuyen Apr 16, 2020 04:48 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

Food from the Heart is amazing. They provide healthy, nutritious weekly meals for chronically ill residents of SB. I believe they only have a handful of paid staff, if that -- Executive Director, awesome chef, and kitchen help. Their operations are well organized, safe, and necessary. Due to the nature of their recipients, they have always been on top of sanitation and safety, now even more so. I'm an active volunteer there and just made a donation myself. Thank you for considering them!

tinker1 Apr 16, 2020 02:37 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

The Unity Shoppe for sure. Very low overhead and no corporate master that diverts local funds. All stays here.

Judith Smith-Meyer Apr 16, 2020 02:30 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

At the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County 91% of donations go directly to programs that provide healthy food to local families, seniors and individuals. We're proud of that. Your donation are used wisely, especially now!

Pugluvr1912 Apr 16, 2020 02:09 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

My theatre group is putting on Oliver at the lobero in October. You can donate here to help underprivileged youth https://www.theadderleyschool.org/donate

Minibeast Apr 16, 2020 01:54 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

I just sent Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network a $100 check. Let's not forget about our fellow Earthlings during this crisis. OP: My tip for you (and others donating) is not to use any form of payments system (PayPal, Venmo, etc) that charges a fee ------- especially if you don't want fees deducted.

a-1587069407 Apr 16, 2020 01:36 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

NEVER donate to Goodwill. Their CEO makes almost $1mil a year whereas the CEO of Salvation Army takes a $13,000 annual paycheck. American Heart Assoc CEO gets over $2mil/year.

condorhiker Apr 17, 2020 12:41 PM
Local Donations with Low Overhead

A little off topic, but I checked REI recently. Their CEO makes $3.4 million a year. Their top five executives all make over $800K. No wonder their prices are so high!