Yes, I know. Overused cliche’s are well, overused. (Or, well overused!) But here goes. What’s best for one is best for all, and the days will hold many things to share. The best way to start is to look at what’s in the “IN” box.
Ohio Citizen Action volunteers stop by my door every 6 months or so and ask for a donation. Their volunteers are always energetic and enthusiastic about what they are doing. Their materials report that in 2004, they lobbied AK Steel in Middletown, OH to oust the CEO and commit $65 million to install air pollution control equipment, among other measures to control pollution in their environment. In 2005 OCA’s targets were the Sunoco Refinery in Toledo Ohio for pollution, the Lanxess Plastics plant in Addyston, Ohio (again, pollution emissions) and most recently (2008) the 5 million pounds of pollution each year pushed into the air by Eramet metal refining processing plant in Marietta, Ohio. What I’d like to know is, what’s been going on since 2008?
However, their materials also report 64% of donations go to research, public education and organizing, while 14% go to management and 22% go to fundraising. That 34% is a huge chunk of change considering the rule of thumb used to be 20% of one’s budget should be designated to fundraising and administrative costs. And while one could argue that “organizing” could fall under administrative costs, what are they doing with research and public education? I’ll have to get back to you on this one. I’ll be looking at Charity Navigator for that info.
It says you can be a basic member for $5 a year, and donations are not tax deductible because “what we do influences legislation.” They’ve been in existence since 1975. You can learn more about this organization at here.