Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Spirit

"'This is the even-handed dealing of the world!' he said. 'There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty, and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!'"

"'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:

Central Illinois Food Bank, 1937 East Cook Rd., Springfield, IL 62703  

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. 

Merry Christmas

1 comment:

  1. In these uncertain times, I donate little. But, I've provided large sums in my will.