Thursday, February 09, 2017


I don't know why this fascinates me so, but it does. In preparation for next week's sitdown with my accountant, I collected all my 2016 receipts. I gave to 26 charities in all, and here are my Top 10, the ones I donated to the most.

My church

Tree House Animal Foundation -- a cageless, no-kill cat adoption center


Harmony House for Cats -- One of Chicago's smaller shelters, and it's struggling

Greater Chicago Food Depository -- I send them money. I drop canned goods off at my local food pantry.

Operation Shoebox -- My entire 2016 donation to this group was postage. I collected and sent sample-size toiletries throughout the year. This organization packages them for our troops.

Feeding America -- A national group that combats hunger

WTTW -- Chicago's PBS station

Toys for Tots

Puppy Rescue Mission -- This wonderful group reunites soldiers with the animals they adopted in Afghanistan and Iraq

I'm proud of my charitable impulses, but I hope that in 2017 I give more.