Monday, December 22, 2008


I give to various charities, not a great amount but something.  I try to give to organizations that don't spend more than a total of 20% on admin and fund raising.  It seems that Church oriented organizations spend the least on these items (LSSI, Catholic Charities).  I wonder if we used these organizations would our taxes go down (maybe the hated Bush's faith based initiative was a good idea); the government spends at least 40% on overhead.

We give to a few Church organizations, the Salvation Army, the shelter where we got our dog, & some environmental ones.

I really like groups that spend their (our) money for the stated purpose. The Nature Conservancy is one of my favorite conservation groups.  They use the money to buy land to save areas or creatures; they don't spend their money suing us (US Government).

char·i·ty (n): 1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving. 2. Something given to help the needy; alms. 3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy. 4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity. 5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others.  6. often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.

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