Care4Less Makes Giving Fake Donations Easy

There’s no better way to save on presents this holiday season than to pretend to give money in people’s names to fake charities. Care4Less.org simplifies this process by putting together eight, worthy, fictitious causes for you to choose from, like the Make-A-Sandwich Foundation, and Fathers4Mosquitos.

care4less.org (Thanks to jpropaganda!)

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  1. hypnotik_jello says:

    What, no Human Fund?

  2. epor says:

    No privacy policy seems to be listed. Not sure I want to give them email addresses to send it.

    • m0unds says:

      because it’s impossible for someone to get your email address without you giving it to them…

      • XTC46 says:

        No, but giving it to them is stupid. By entering your address, you are probabaly opting in to the sites mailing lists, and affiliates mailing lists. Very common.

        I can find 10,000 email address online, no problem, but i have little info about them. The ones from this site, I could easily trace back to being entered after the consumerist lead them to my page, which then at least lets me know of what demographic they are a part of, and allows me to better target them.

  3. nofelix says:

    Damn I was actually kind of hoping this was for real sounding charities.

  4. Rena says:

    So… what’s the purpose of this?

    • unajuaner says:

      It’s so you can send someone a gift without spending any money. Not like many people would check.

      I would probably use this myself as a joke to send to friends, but for real gifts stay classy.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Its so you can be a douchebag.

    • Trai_Dep says:

      It’s a holiday-themed irony distribution system, powered by the Internet!

      • Trai_Dep says:

        Oh, damn. Irony ≠ Satire.
        Try again: “It’s a holiday-themed satire distribution system, powered by the Internet!”

  5. El-Brucio says:

    The website looks very cute.

    But I cynically wonder about free stuff these days. That website asks for your email, and your friends email to send them your donation notice. Not only do they have care4less.org registered, but eight other mock charity sites you can visit, and registering domain names isn’t free.

    Are they gathering addresses to spam, or for some other reason? I suppose it could be someone building a marketing portfolio.

    • jpropaganda says:

      I happen to know the two guys who created this site (that’s how I knew about it to send to Ben). They work in advertising, but this isn’t for a client. They just wanted to spread a little holiday cheer. In no way are they using this for spam, although I definitely understand your hesitance.

      Personally I think it’s funny even if you don’t send a card, just enjoy the websites.

    • Preyfar says:

      Good question. I tried it as a joke, and sent a test e-mail to myself… I got nothing. Sent another e-mail to another one of my addresses… I got nothing.

      It could be a cleverly devised spam harvester.

    • trentblase says:

      Domain name registration is, what, $7 a pop? Combine that with a cheap hosting solution and this is a couple hundred dollar endeavor at most (unless it goes crazy viral, I guess, then place a few ads and you’re golden)

  6. Talisker says:

    If I want to give to a fake charity then I’ll just give to the United Way.

    • CheritaChen says:

      +1

    • That's Consumer007 to you says:

      LOL ^5 on that.

      A friend of mine used to put up blood and garlic outside his cube when the United Way nazis would come around work soliciting each year.

      Personally, I decided to generously give $2.00 for the whole year. It cost them much more money to process my donation and calculate how to take less than 6 cents out of each paycheck than the donation itself lol.

    • falafelwaffle says:

      Wait, what’s wrong with United Way?

  7. detox98 says:

    United way your face!

  8. Bargaineering.com says:

    Probably seemed like a good idea at the time…

  9. gerrylum says:

    I already care for less and less every day.

  10. Underpants Gnome says:

    Funny, the site is blocked at my work. Looks like the firewall admin had a gift to the “Make a sandwich foundation” given in his name last year.

  11. Trai_Dep says:

    “To forward the notion that all hounds should be made to look ridiculous.”
    Isn’t that gilding the lily a bit much?

    I’m disappointed there isn’t a fund to help cure felines of ADD. CADD, say.

  12. jjups says:

    Tried to care less, but doesnt seem to work. Not one person received the donation I sent. Looks like it is a scam to get email addresses. I am sure I will get some hate mail for that. I should have tested it first, but thought that it had the consumerist seal of approval.

  13. the atomic bombshell says:

    Uh oh, it got broke.

  14. Sure I could agree with you, but then we'd BOTH be wrong. says:

    W00T! We took the site down, so much traffic.

    funny!

  15. Tuuurd_Ferguson says:

    I gave all my money to TARP.

  16. Andrew360 says:

    They need a real charity to fund the site. It seems to have gone down. Ironic.

  17. jkuss says:

    The site’s not a scam, our server just wasn’t quite ready for the large amount of giving from The Consumerist’s users.

    Happy to be featured though!

  18. Chinchillazilla says:

    Nooo, it says bankers need money to fuel their Bentley’s.

    There should be an Apostrophe Society I can donate to…