I need your input.
Since 2003, when I published Free Gondola Ride, I have given fifty cents of every book sale to Save Venice, Inc. I wanted my book about Venice to give back somehow to the city I love. When I first started doing this, I wrote them a letter explaining what I was doing. I got a generic form letter as a reply. When I made a website and added a link to Save Venice, they asked that the link be removed. Then I read The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt where he uncovers some of Save Venice’s questionable practices. But I sent them my little contribution anyway. Granted, there have been some years when book sales were pretty low, and my donation to Save Venice didn’t amount to much. I usually rounded up to make it look better.
With the publication of Seductive Venice this time last year, I didn’t pledge to give fifty cents of every sale to Save Venice. They didn’t seem to care that I didn’t love them in the same way any more, though they still send me their glossy magazine-like brochure showing very wealthy people in tuxes and ball gowns enjoying themselves in lavish palaces.
But I like to give back to Venice. Here’s where you come in. Can you suggest an alternate organization that I should donate to instead? Tell me what you know about them.