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Examiner
  • Annie Dear: No charity for charities who rip off donors

  • There is a very interesting article on CNN’s website, entitled “Above the law: America’s worst charities,” which, if you’re a giver by nature, it would behoove you to read.



    It’s a shocker.

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  • There is a very interesting article on CNN’s website, entitled “Above the law: America’s worst charities,” which, if you’re a giver by nature, it would behoove you to read.
    It’s a shocker.
    One particular charity raised nearly $14 million over a 10-year period, but gave only about $10,000 to the very people for whom it was gathering the dough.
    Generally speaking, the 50 Worst Charities have raised countless billions of dollars, yet actually gave less than 4 percent of donations to direct cash aid.
    Where did the money go, I hear you cry? Well, I’m glad you brought it up. The charities noted raised $1350.8 million, and paid the companies who charged a fee to gouge the money from the public $970.8 million, and of course, the directors of these charities naturally had to take a salary commensurate with those in private profit-making industries on top of that – otherwise, I mean really, why would anyone bother working for a charity?
    Is your blood boiling yet? I know mine is. Here I am, autumnally tottering through life, just an Average Joe earning an Average Wage, and here are people taking blatant advantage of the most kind-hearted people in the country, the donors. I give a part of my salary to charity – thankfully not one listed in this particular article – and I’m happy to do so. As the Indian proverb goes, “I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.” I don’t have much, but I’m willing to share.
    I would like to propose a possible solution to these ratbags. Now I know it hasn’t been used as a punishment in the States since colonial times, but I would very much like to see the stocks reintroduced to our justice system. So what if it impinges on human rights – these people are inhuman.
    Just think, we could set up a traveling show, a little akin to a rock band’s tour schedule. Today, Kansas City; tomorrow St. Louis; onto Pittsburgh, Baltimore, D.C., New York and thence to the West Coast, having the tour travel through the desert and the Rockies to complete the loop.
    Our offending, and yea verily offensive CEOs of these so called charities, could be caught heads and hands through the device in front of City Hall to look forward to being pelted with rotten fruit or the odd off-egg or rock by offended donors and ripped-off donees for a good 25 weeks or so. I think half a year of this type of attention might indeed grab their attention, don’t you?
    So if you’re telephonically approached to donate to a charity by a telemarketer, may I recommend the following off-putting sentence (unless you are of course like me and just immediately slam the phone down – I am after all, approaching the seventh decade of my life and am therefore entitled to do so): “I’m very sorry, I would love to give to everyone. I choose one charity a year only – I’m sorry I cannot do more.”
    Page 2 of 2 - And then hang the phone up - hard and loud.
    Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc @hotmail.com.
     
     
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