"'Man,' said the Ghost, 'if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered what the surplus is, and where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?"'
"'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. 'Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!'"
"There are some upon this earth of yours who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name; who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us" (Charles Dickens).
Here is a sample of charities with excellent accountability and transparency performances, donor privacy, and audited financials. These organizations also have a budget of 90 percent or more spent on the programs and services they deliver:
Midwest Food Bank, 1703 South Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61701 (309) 663-5350
National Alliance to End Homelessness, 1518 K Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20005
Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 443-6910
P.A.W.S. of Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Sierra Club, 85 Second Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94105
Source: Ratings for Charity Organizations: Click Here.