Help Choose a Charity to Receive $200

by Ryan Guina

As I previously mentioned, I was in a personal finance bloggers fantasy football league with 9 other personal finance bloggers. We started the season playing for bragging rights, but to add a little more incentive I also pledged $100 to the winner’s favorite charity. PT, from PT Money, also pledged to match the donation. Well, the results are in, and I am pleased to announce that I edged out the Prime Timers in our league’s Super Bowl.

The results for the PF Bloggers 2009 Fantasy Football League:

  1. Cash Money All-Stars – Cash Money Life
  2. Prime Timers – PT Money
  3. No Debt Plan – No Debt Plan
  4. Fighting Frugalistas – Being Frugal
  5. CFL Allstars – Four Pillars
  6. Pandas – Green Panda Treehouse
  7. Favre DollarFootlong – Bible Money Matters
  8. Debt Kid – Debt Kid
  9. The Ditka’s – Good Financial Cents
  10. remodelers – Remodeling This Life

It was a lot of fun playing in the league, and I look forward ot playing again next year – after all, I have a title to defend!

Help choose which charity receives the donation

I announced early on that if I won the league I would leave it up to the readers to choose which charity to support. I selected 5 charities to choose from – each of which is a legitimate charity and offers something unique. They are, in no particular order,

Make a Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with a life-threatening medical condition. Most wishes offer the child the opportunity to visit their dream location, experience new things, receive a gift, or meet their hero.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, and is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. They work to bring awareness and education about breast cancer and support research for finding a cure.

Doctors without Borders. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need.

American Red Cross. The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe every day thanks to caring people who support our work.

Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities in children. Cleft palates make it difficult, if not impossible, for some children to eat, and in some cultures results in the children being ostracized.

Reader Poll: Help choose which charity to support!

Poll will run until Jan 2, at midnight EST. The charity chosen by the readers of Cash Money Life will be announced January 3rd. Thank you for your support!

  • Doctors without Borders (36%, 20 Votes)
  • Make a Wish Foundation (29%, 16 Votes)
  • Operation Smile (21%, 12 Votes)
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure (11%, 6 Votes)
  • American Red Cross (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 56

Published or updated April 7, 2011.
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Financial Samurai

Congrats Ryan! I’ll have to join the league next year. I’ve never joined a league, and have NO IDEA how to play fantasy football! lol.

I’ve voted for Doctors Without Borders!

Best, Sam


2 Evan

Congrats on the big win! I got KILLED in fantasy football this year. Just horrible.

Voted for the Cure!

Whyt not do it on Thursday so you get the tax deduction this year!


3 Ryan

Sorry to hear about your team this year… the same thing happened in my other league!

I thought about ending the vote Thursday, but I wanted to give people the chance to vote, and any deductions are secondary to supporting the charity. 🙂


4 No Debt Plan

I’m voting based off of the charity ratings at CharityNavigator. The rating plus President/CEO/Director compensation sealed my vote.

Rotaplast International (Operation Smile): 4 star, 65.83 score (Very high!), Executive pay not listed

American Red Cross: 3 star, 54.62 score, $565,000 President/CEO pay — too high in my humble opinion although they do have 3 billion in revenue

Susan G. Komen: 4 star, 63.64 score, $459,000 President/CEO pay

Make a Wish: 3 star, 54.87 score, $354,000 President/CEO pay

Doctors Without Borders: 4 star, 61.23 score, $115,000 President/CEO pay

Since Rotaplast doesn’t have the compensation listed… I’ll go with Doctors without Borders. 🙂


5 Financial Samurai

Nice data! Thanks for validating my vote. Doctors Without Pay! These guys could make big bucks, but they choose to use their skills to help others who are considered even more in need.

Not saying the others don’t help, I’m just saying Docs W/out Borders is more visceral! To sacrifice 6 more years of education and training after college to help others, even with all that debt is HUGE!

Best, Sam


6 Peter

I chose make a wish because i know they make a huge impact!


7 Mrs. Micah

I chose MSF in honor of my grandfather who died 5 years ago yesterday. He was very happy with the work they did and asked for donations to them in lieu of flowers at the funeral.


8 Debt Kid

Nice win Ryan. I voted for Doctors without Borders.

Look forward to playing you next year….when I won’t draft so many darn Sea(chickens)Hawks.


9 Keith Morris

Congrats on the victory! I vote for Doctors Without Borders. 🙂


10 FFB

So you won baseball and football?!? If you had a basketball league you could have tried for all three.

I also voted MSF (or DWB depending on the translation). If you want to read a little about one of their president’s, Dr. Orbinsky, read An Imperfect Offering. The world is messed up in some places and it’s nice to know there are people out there that want to help.


11 Ryan

I haven’t paid attention to basketball since Jordan left the league, so I don’t think I will be doing fantasy basketball any time soon!

Thanks for your vote!


12 Don@MoneyReasons

I voted “Operaton Smile”. I voted this way because the operation could make a HUGE impact in that child’s life. I would suspect that their quality of life would drastically improve versus living with the deformity…

Another reason I voted this way is because I don’t think that this charity gets as much money as some of the other ones.

Congrats on winning FFootball! I skipped playing in my league at work this year (boy, that was a BIG mistake)…


13 Brad Castro

What a great way to end the year, Ryan. I think other bloggers and commercial websites should take this as a challenge to do something similar. Giving is fun!


14 LeanLifeCoach

Way to go Ryan!

Another vote for the Doctors!


15 Hank

Congrats on the win, Ryan. Hopefully your good luck will NOT carry over into next year’s fantasy baseball league.


16 Craig Ford

I was glad to see Operation Smile on this list. Our family got to know a family that has a son with a cleft palette. Just like you mentioned he was seriously underweight because of the inability to eat. The family lived in the village so formula and such was not an options. We have a son who is the exact same age and our son always looked like a giant compared to the baby. Last year the baby had surgery and immediately started putting on weight and is now a healthy looking boy. Operation Smile has my vote.


17 Ryan

Glad to hear about the effect Operation Smile had on the boy you knew. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


18 Bucksome

Congratulations on winning the “super bowl”. Like Samurai, I’d love to participate next year.

I voted for Operation Smile because the impact to a child’s life is so great from something relatively routine here.


19 Jesse

Financial Samurai – you dishonor me!

What about Engineers Without Borders???

Although not as popular as Doctors Without Borders, the programs are analogous. The chapters can vary in projects and locations, but most focus on providing potable water and basic sanitation.


20 Derek

Congrats on winning and glad to hear your donating it to charity!


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