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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Not-So-United Way, PLANNED PARENTHOOD = Direct Giving is Always Best

In this recent article in the West Bend Daily News (you'll have to scroll all the way down to the bottom for the article), United Way received a glowing report, encouraging local Washington County residents to give, give, give. Many, if not most, of the organizations supported by United Way are reputable and trustworthy. However, let's shed some light on reality.

United Way supports PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Click HERE if you don't believe me. Nationally, in 2008, United Way contributed an estimated $1.9 million to Planned Parenthood. Additionally, United Way donations to local charities refer women to family planning services that include abortion. The national United Way website (www.LiveUnited.org) also directs volunteers toward Planned Parenthood. While not every state/agency, or Washington County for that matter, promotes Planned Parenthood, many do. One is too many.

This Christmas season, let's not contribute to killing babies. I think it's in poor taste.

Yes, yes, I know that you can choose to "designate" where your donation goes according to whom you wish to support. However, don't be fooled. That option is a misnomer. If you "designate" to a specific charity, that just means less of the UNdesignated funds will go to that charity.

In addition, United Way will take some off the top for overhead, meaning LESS goes to the charity.

SOLUTION = Give DIRECTLY to the charity of your choice. Nobody needs a middleman to help us send a check.

Remember, too, that "time is money." If you can't afford to give, maybe dropping in at the location of your favorite charity and lending a hand would be a great option for you, and a blessing to them!

2 comments:

bill meyers said...

Lions Clubs pay all their own administrative costs so 100% of your donations go to charity. Wisconsin Lions Camp, http://www.wisconsinlionscamp.com/, is dedicated to providing a quality camping experience free-of-charge to eligible Wisconsin residents who are Blind or visually impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, youth with mild cognitive disabilities and youth with diabetes.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Excellent suggestion, Bill! Thanks!