A few charities, including Caps of Love in Florida and several charitable organizations in the United Kingdom, do collect and recycle plastic bottle caps and use the proceeds for charitable purposes. However, many of the pleas to collect plastic bottle caps for charity are actually hoaxes.Know More
Caps of Loves, a Florida-based charity, donates its proceeds to Bouchons D'Amour, a charity which provides wheelchairs to disabled children. Charities which collect and recycle plastic bottle caps in the United Kingdom include the Matthew Project, St. Paul's Church in Chichester and GHS Recycling, which donates the proceeds to the charity of the donor's choice.
In the United States, many people came to believe beginning in 2008 that collecting plastic bottle caps could help an unspecified child who needed chemotherapy. Churches, businesses and Scout troops began to collect thousands of bottle caps in the belief that they were helping someone. However, this was false. Although some versions of the hoax specified that the American Cancer Society was behind the "caps for chemo" scheme, the ACS put forth a public statement declaring that the entire program was a hoax.
A similar hoax occurred in 2010 at a U.S. Air Force base in Afghanistan, where service members were led to believe that saved plastic bottle caps would be re-processed as prosthetic limbs. This also turned out to be false.Learn more about Business & Finance
Most charities will accept foreign coin donations. Major charities that sponsor programs for donations include the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, UNICEF and the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom. UNICEF partners with airlines around the world to accept coins for its program, "Change is Good." The American Cancer Society and the Humane Society receive coin donations through the Foreign Currency and Coin Exchange.Full Answer >
Catholic Charities USA is a national organization that has helped with paying rent arrears. It works through local HUD certified counseling agencies. A list of these agencies can be found at the Catholic Charities USA website under programs, housing counseling. Some other charities are state dependent. For example, Jiggets for Families is a New York City-based charity that provides help with back rent to people on public assistance.Full Answer >
Ratings for charities can be found by contacting charity watchdog groups like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. These agencies provide ratings online or in print when requested.Full Answer >
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in the United States. The organization researches over 8,000 charities as of March 2015, and new charities are being added on a regular basis. CharityWatch also provides free information regarding philanthropic spending and exposes abuse in charities and other non-profit organizations.Full Answer >