The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed a link at right to the David Suzuki Foundation.
As part of the process of trying to get smart about this stuff, I went around checking all kinds of websites and signing up for newsletters and such. No problem there.
But in terms of actual involvement and/or donations, things got a little cloudy. I don't know most of these organizations from a hole in the ground, and I have no idea where my money is really going. Am I saving a patch of grass somewhere, at least, or buying a couple of lap dances for some dude? You see the dilemma I was faced with? What to do?!
At first I thought I should only subscribe to organizations that give a little something back. Maybe I get a crappy ballcap from organization-x when I subscribe, but at least I have something to show for my hard-earned coin if it goes to waste. Worst-case scenario, I'm not getting a sunburn on my forehead again at Bluesfest this year, right? And let's face it, I won't have this beautiful head of hair forever!
Then I came across David Suzuki's Foundation and thought that would be a pretty good start. I figure I'm pretty safe there; Dave probably won't be spending my $$ on strippers any time soon. Furthermore it came with a certain stamp of approval that I didn't know existed.
The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy? I thought philanthropists were stamp collectors. Apparently not. I need to look that up. Something else to learn. I believe I have a source in the family for that one though.
In any event, it seems to legitimating (if that's a word; it seems about four syllables too long) something that didn't really need it all that badly.
So now I'm a "friend" of David Suzuki. If Dave's going to check out strippers in the area, now he has someone to go with.