By Bob Barney:
Almost everyone wants to help those in need, and I am no exception. Part of the "tithe" I give to God is in the money that I give to charities and food banks. Jesus said that when you help the poor and hungery, you are actually helping him! It is our duty to give to the needy. God expects it. However, there is also a warning that I want to shout from the rooftop! Is it really a charity you are supporting, or is it just a tax evasion scheme, devised by clever lawyers to keep rich people RICH! When the Federal Government is $14 trillion in debt, you should be paying extra attention to those so-called charities that are actually robbing from you in tax dollars and giving to the owner of the charity and not to those needy people you think you are helping.
The Plain Truth, and our sister site RaceRap.Com has helped raise over $150,000 in the past 10 years for charities which we have checked out throughly. We asked the tough questions, and frankly have found many charities that we have refused to help. There are guidelines that one should follow when donating or supporting a charity.
Does the charity???
- devote at least 75% of its budget to program?? (I would actually look for over 85%)
- Have a mission statement on the organization’s Web site to see that the group has clear goals and the ability to execute them?
Just because a celebrity puts their name on a charity doesn't make it worth anything!
Madonna wants to sue the director of her foundation, Raising Malawi, to recover $3.8 million in squandered donations meant to build a school in the impoverished African country. Staffers of Raising Malawi are suing Madonna for lost wages. (Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/03/29/beware-celebrity-charities-madonna-malawi-chairty-fiasco-shows-risks-unproven/#ixzz1KM9wupqD)
Consumers should try to vet any charity, celebrity run or otherwise, that they donate money to. But Art Taylor, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, says that celebrity charities deserve an extra dose of skepticism and donors should be careful about being wooed by a famous face.
“Celebrity in itself shouldn’t ever be the sole indicator of a charity’s reliability. Look for information about the charity, not the celebrity,” Taylor advises. “Be wary of newly established charities with as yet little to offer beyond the celebrity connection. A good organization may be in the making, but only a track record can give assurance.”