¿Qué tan efectivas son tus donaciones?

1234Donar o encontrar personas que quieran hacerlo para una causa social no debería ser una tarea titánica, todo lo contrario. Según el Altruísmo Efectivo o Eficaz, cada uno de nosotros deberíamos utilizar nuestros recursos disponibles como tiempo, conocimiento y/o dinero para hacer tanto bien como sea posible.

Las donaciones deben ser motivadas por la seguridad de que nuestro aporte será eficaz y medible. Sin embargo, ésta no es la manera en la que estamos acostumbrados a donar. Por lo general, la mayoría realiza donaciones espontáneas, que se basan en emociones temporales, por ejemplo, ante un desastre natural, las personas donan alimentos y dinero para hacerle frente a esta problemática pero rara vez de forma constante y definida a organizaciones.

¿Están nuestras donaciones haciendo más daño que bien? 

Empecemos por el problema más grande. Aunque podemos movernos frente a una causa específica, no tenemos una cultura solidaria. Solo uno de cada 10 argentinos donan de manera continua a causas sociales. El panorama no es muy diferente en México y que decir de la región en general, donde las personas con mayor poder adquisitivo, considerados ‘ricos’ donan menos para caridad que sus contrapartes de otros lugares del mundo, según el Informe sobre la riqueza mundial 2010, publicado por Capgemini y Merrill Lynch.

Ahora bien, las personas que donan, no solo en Latinoamérica, sino a nivel mundial no lo hacen en su mayoría conscientemente, realizando donaciones que al final pueden incrementar la felicidad y satisfacción pero no la situación social en sí. Por ejemplo, las donaciones de ropa en muchos países desarrollados las cuales terminan siendo una industria muy lucrativa al ser vendidas en lugar de donadas cuando llegan a los países destinatarios, destruyendo además la producción local de ropa en los países receptores.

¿Qué proclama el Altruismo Efectivo? 

En las donaciones efectivas pasa todo lo contrario, lo que se busca es combinar la empatía con la razón para realizar donaciones con sentido; es decir, donaciones realizadas bajo la mirada de un donador previamente motivado por sus valores y su responsabilidad de ayudar a su comunidad, no desde el papel de donador héroe que ayuda al pobre necesitado.

El Altruismo Efectivo asegura que si todos donáramos efectivamente los resultados serían enormes. Tiene sentido cuando pensamos que en realidad no necesitamos prescindir de nuestra calidad de vida, basta con donar lo que te es posible y de la forma en que puedas (dinero, tiempo, materiales, conocimiento, etc). Como lo dice Beth Barnes, ganadora TEDxExeter 2015, es duro pensar que tenemos los recursos para dar respuesta a los grandes problemas del mundo, pero no los usamos correctamente.

“Estamos tan acostumbrados a este mundo que difícilmente invertimos nuestros recursos en lo que realmente importa”. Solo en Estados Unidos se gastó $333 millones de dólares en comer fuera de casa en el 2012, frente a $195 millones que se invirtieron en reducir la pobreza en el 2013. “Es impresionante lo que se podría lograr si tomáramos las donaciones caritativas más seriamente“.

Los retos para lograr donaciones eficaces pueden ser muy grandes, como también cambiar la mentalidad del que ayuda.

3 Principales retos: 

  • Los individuos necesitan estar motivados por sus valores, es decir, que actúen de acuerdo a ellos y que no necesiten de un impulso externo específico para actuar, en otras palabras un individuo motivado innatamente por el compromiso que tiene con la sociedad.
  • Construir un sistema eficiente de redistribución de la riqueza a nivel mundial en el que no haya cabida a la corrupción tanto de quienes contribuyen como de quienes reciben las ayudas.
  • El donante se cansa de donar, esto se conoce como el síndrome de “la fatiga del donante”, en donde al principio se experimenta felicidad al momento de donar, pero luego se desvanece.

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‘Tis the season to be a ‘good shopper’ while supporting the AMPHS mission

November 28, 2012

By Adriana Cardenas

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This holiday season, we are asking all of our supporters to help AMPHS in its fundraising efforts through GoodShop online

Our supporters can also donate to us through GoodSearch and GoodDine. GoodSearch, is a search engine tool, like Google and Yahoo, and every time you do a search, a small donation will be given to AMPHS. GoodDine offers discounts and coupons at your favorite participating restaurants! Search the list of participating restaurants on gooddine.com. Anyone can support AMPHS’ mission through GoodShop and GoodDine!  With each purchase made, a percentage of that purchase will be donated to AMPHS without any added costs

Shop on Goodshop and save at stores such as Walgreens, North Face, Dell, Columbia Sport Wear, Macy’s, and countless others!

AMPHS is an incredible charity to support. We make every effort to support the local communities in Brooklyn and New York City with providing free or low cost preventative healthcare services and resources to people without healthcare insurance.  100 percent of all of our donations directly support our programs and services.  We want to continue to grow our mission and broaden the scope of our programs in other areas around New York City.

GoodShop, GoodDine, and GoodSearch give anyone an easy and simple way to be charitable without spending extra money. Everyone who makes purchases on GoodShop or GoodDine is making a big difference. You can also track how much you have donated AMPHS by registering for an account on the GoodSearch site. AMPHS has raised $200 in the past year with Goodshop and Goodsearch.

Check out goodsearch.com and designate AMPHS as your charity.  Also, check out http://www.goodsearch.com/holiday-featured-merchants-category/coupons for amazing deals, savings and coupons!  Remember, it doesn’t cost a penny to donate, and anyone can sign up!  Coupons and savings can only be applied to online purchases.

Happy holiday shopping!

AMPHS Partners with Vision USA to Offer Free Ophthalmology Check-ups

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By Adriana Cardenas

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has partnered with Vision USA to help eligible individuals apply for ophthamology check-ups at no cost to Brooklyn residents. AMPHS is the only organization authorized to offer Vision USA services in Brooklyn.

During our in-house screenings, clinical volunteers will continue to offer the routine Snellen eye checks but if they find that the community member needs prescription glasses, they will assist them in applying for VisionUSA service and professional follow-up.  To apply for these free ophthamology services, a community member must work with a charitable organization (such as AMPHS), a social worker, case worker, or a community health agency to submit an application.

Vision USA was created in 1991 by The Optometry Cares and the American Optometric Association (AOA) Foundation to provide basic eye examinations to low income Americans across the U.S. Vision USA is currently available in 40 states.

“We are delighted to partner with Vision USA,” Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS, said. “Their commitment to provide free eye examinations to people in need was a perfect fit for our community members in Sunset Park.”

All community members who need vision examinations and cannot afford health insurance are very welcome to apply through AMPHS at anytime. AMPHS also provides health screenings once a month which include: body mass index assessment, blood pressure measurement, heart and respiration rate, oxygen saturation, memory and HIV screenings, nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential.

We are continuously working hard to identify the healthcare needs of this community,” Chiu said. “This is one of many services that we’re adding to our growing list of preventative healthcare offerings.”

About AMPHS

AMPHS is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing free healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City. From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

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AMPHS Hosted “Health Reform & You” Tabling Event at Sunset Park BPL

October 25, 2012

(Brooklyn, NY) – Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, NY, in partnership with Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library hosted a successful tabling event the past October 12 & 19 in Brooklyn called “Health Reform & You.”

AMPHS reviewed the basis of health reform for community members, and the alternatives that exist for those who are covered by the Affordable Care Act, i.e. undocumented immigrants. The event was presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese both days, which allowed an active participation by the community.

“AMPHS distributed literature and healthcare insurance options and gave relevant information to community members about all the services offered by AMPHS,” commented Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales at AMPHS.

“Health Reform & You” was part of the myAMPHS Open Access Program, which aims to break down the lack of access to care for undocumented immigrants, striving to provide affordable health for all people as a basis human right.

“AMPHS believes every person should have the opportunity to get access to all preventative care services,” said Mon Yuck, Chief of Stuff at AMPHS. As a result of this believe AMPHS created myAMPHS Open Access Program that offer a comprehensive health services within the organization. Undocumented immigrants may be eligible to receive Permanent Residence Under Color of law (PRUCOL) Status, New York State Medicaid for Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) / Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation (COBRA) Act, NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) assistance, Pre-natal Care Assistance Program & Family Planning Extension Program, and free and low cost clinics.

According to President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, “AMPHS will provide Public community workshops, seminars, individual consultations, prescription Assistance, regular health screenings, and wellness check-up FOR ALL Open Access Members.”

AMPHS is expecting to hold future events to provide health services to those who my need it. If you’d like more information about this topic, please call to (212) 256-9036 or email at national@amphsonline.org

Back-to-School Shopping at Goodshop Will Save You Money and Help AMPHS

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August 28, 2012

By Adriana Cardenas

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has partnered with an extraordinary online tool which allows people donate to their cause. This tool is available online and won’t cost you extra money.

Have you ever heard of Goodshop?  It’s as simple as you pronounce it!  Goodshop is an “online place” where people can shop. Each time you shop at more than 2,500 stores available online, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to AMPHS’s cause.

You can be charitable without spending extra money.  If you like shopping online, this is a good opportunity for you to support AMPHS in providing much need preventative medical services to those who do not have healthcare insurance–and your support doesn’t cost you a penny!  You can also save money from coupons and deals that are available on GoodShop. Be part of it from now and save money now!

The new fall school year is just beginning and scores of parents are searching for the best deals. Shop on Goodshop and save at popular stores such as Staples, Sears, the Apple Store, and Macy’s for back-to-school supplies, clothing, and furniture.  There are tons of participating stores to choose from!  So imagine buying at your time, at your own pace and helping  AMPHS at the same time.  So, let’s go and take the first step to be part of a big change!

Check out goodsearch.com and designate AMPHS as your charity.  Also, check out http://www.goodsearch.com/back-to-school-category/coupons for amazing deals, savings and coupons on back-to-school items.  Remember, it doesn’t cost a penny to donate, and anyone can sign up!  Coupons and savings can only be applied to online purchases.