Legal definitions of charity vary depending on region, but generally a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about some social improvement as addressed in that organization's mission statement.

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Is the US FDA policy of deferring blood donations from MSM justified by increased STD risk?

I have heard the gay community complain that the Red Cross/FDA discriminate against them by refusing to allow men who have sex with other men (MSM) to donate blood. Here is an article on Wikipedia ...
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Has the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti to build 6 houses?

According to this article the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars and yet only built six houses in Haiti while claiming to have housed 130,000 residents. In late 2011, the Red Cross launched ...
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Can we end chronic hunger? [closed]

I know this has been asked in other forms, but I don't see the political side of this addressed. There are so many assumptions necessary to ask the question, it's hard to put in a few words. Is is ...
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Does the Red Cross sell $2.1 billion worth of blood annually?

This recent image on cracked.com claims that the Red Cross grosses USD 2.1 billion a year from selling blood. It also claims that the Red Cross is a business which sells donated blood for $400 a pint. ...
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Did Jeremy Hammond use 60,000 credit cards to give to charity only?

The Wikipedia article on Jeremy Hammond echoes a Wired article: According to Kevin Poulsen, the credit card numbers were used by Anonymous to make $700,000 worth of fraudulent donations to ...
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Has the Catholic Church lifted more people out of poverty than any other civic institution?

The New York Times published an editorial on December 29, 2013 about Pope Francis titled "Radical Pope, Traditional Values" which includes the following statement: As a result of its work in basic ...
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Does food aid cause famines?

This article claims: While all efforts should be made to get emergency food aid to Africa during this famine, the tradition of US food aid in Africa is actually part of the problem. Giving ...
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Does “raising awareness” have a meaningful impact?

People often talk about the indirect value of "raising awareness" or "consciousness raising". For issues that most people already know about (like cancer), is there value to raising awareness?
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Does the Humane Society of the United States provide only 1% of their budget to pet shelters?

This is a meme going around Facebook. From the HumaneWatch's Facebook page: Does the Humane Society of the United States only budget 1% for actually helping animals as claimed here?
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Does UNICEF use less than 14% of the donated money for the advertised causes?

I have heard claims from several people in relation to the occasional donation my wife or I make: that some charities have so much waste in their organization, or use so much money to market their ...
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Do the Salvation Army policies discriminate against homosexuals?

I have seen several articles and read several blogs stating that the Salvation Army is "homophobic", and that they actively discriminate against gay and lesbian people: The Salvation Army does not ...
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How legitimate are the “support an orphan” organizations? [closed]

Note: I am not entirely sure how to make this question broad enough to matter without making it too subjective. Feel free to edit if you see a better way to phrase this. Also, I just guessed at ...