Donating to Charities
If you’re looking for an organization to support with your time or finances, these are the ones we support because they’re great and highly financially accountable. We’ve really checked them out so that our money goes to the right places unlike with the Kids Wish Foundation where only $3.2 Million went to kids and $110 Million went to the business. Watch out. Here’s a list of five non profits that are the worst wasters of donations.
These are members of the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) which means that their books are independently and forensically investigated so every penny is accounted for. JDRF is not a member of the ECFA, but is accountable too.
Noe International - This is a GREAT organization in Mexico that has an amazing and super affordable 4 year English program for poor kids who could never otherwise study English. Centro NOE is where I was volunteering when I had my first bag made in 1999 and now Saddleback’s factory, Old Mexico Manufacturing, funds one close to our factory for our employees’ families and neighbors. They also have homework help, guitar and computer classes. They’ve been doing it for 27 years.
Africa New Life - We first started supporting this organization in 2008 and have found them super great. Not only are they accountable, but they are doing things that bring about long long term generational change. We bring groups to Rwanda every year. They are like Compassion International or World Vision but on a smaller scale. They have about 10,000 kids sponsored of whom a few are ours personally. Even our customer service team sponsors a kid collectively. We regularly bring teams to Rwanda to change their lives and the lives of the kids and single mothers there.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - Since my perfectly healthy and fit niece, Grace, came down with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 7, we have been aware of this organization. As of about 2013, Saddleback Leather has been raising support and awareness for them with our employees riding in 100 mile fundraising bike rides to making videos to bring awareness. This one made it around the world and also into Sundance.
Young Life - When I was living in Juarez, sleeping on the floor of that $100/mo. apartment for three years, I was either volunteering or on staff with Young Life in El Paso playing guitar for club and trying to help get Young Life (Vida Joven) going in Mexico. I loved the impact on the lives of the kids they were reaching. The demand for leather bags grew so I left YL to work on Saddleback Leather. But we haven’t stopped supporting their youth work. It’s a great one in about 50 countries around the world and highly financially accountable.