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Friday, September 9, 2011

"Something is better than nothing..." 'Obama Da Dog'

Obama da dog has many ways to not go hungry...This blog also ran as a letter to the editor in the Kauai Garden Island News on 09-09-11

Soup kitchens and churches are always giving to the needy...

I  read with dismay the recent  well written and factual article by Venessa Vanvoorhis,"Both food banks charge agencies."
http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/article_7e13086e-d928-11e0-808f-001cc4c03286.html?mode=story

It comes down to economics 101, every business whether for profit or non-profit has operating expenses. Rent, electric, water, gas, general maintenance, phone, Internet, and employees, even a volunteer cost money to have around since all businesses are required to have insurance.
As long as people are benefiting, let it go, there's bigger fish to fry out there than a couple of agencies trying to help the needed.

For those concerned about where their charitable donations are going you can do what I do. I always give directly to someone in need, I will see a hungry guy and slip him a few bucks, or anonymously leave things for people I feel need things. 

Here's what happens, let's say for instance you give money to the American cancer society, how much of that donation actually goes to fight cancer verses paying an executive director, renting a nice office space, business lunches, mileage expenses etc? Quite a bit.

Don't get me wrong, I am happy for these charities and food banks, but there is not one non-profit out there that does not have operating expenses and if you don't like it, find another way to give, since something is better than nothing.

This blog ran as a letter to editor on 09-09-11 the URL is listed below.
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_08660e3e-daba-11e0-a4b8-001cc4c002e0.html

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9 comments:

Ron Ostroff said...

via email;"hmmm. let me see how this works. You see someone that has cancer and you give him a few bucks. How does that work out? Who has a problem with the American Cancer Society?"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Ron, The point being is that all non profits have huge operating expenses, only a small percentage is actually used for the cause.

Chester Lau, a.k.a. (Unc) said...

via email;"Best to MANDATE teaching them to do USEFUL "WORK" before feeding them !!! No useful work ? NO EAT !!! or run for elective offices !!!"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

via facebook;" "Douglas Dunn likes this..."

James Kimo Rosen, replies to Dougla;
Doug, glad your electric is back on, I got worried last night when I did not get a 'like' from you?

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;"Douglas wrote: "Yes. Charities have operating expenses that need to be covered, as long as they are reasonable (most are; those that are not are possibly scams). More important, I would rather err on the side of having given too much than not enough. That's my "mitzvah."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

We can never do to many Mitzvah's!

Davis "3-D" Danizier said...

via Facebook;"Davis D. wrote: "Hey, I'm a fellow denizen of San Diego County. And hilarious to hear an Irish Leprechaun pledging his "mitzvah." Certainly true in spirit, but not sure if it might not be blasphemy of some sort for Leprechaun wizards to claim "mitzvahs." LOL"

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"Yeah, last nite was a technology-free zone. Sit on the back patio with Mrs. Wiz, glass of wine, look out at the stars when we can actually see them. Not all bad, but not technology oriented. Maybe should do that more often. As for the technology, even though we are powered by solar, we are still on the grid, so to protect line workers from live voltage, are required to have an automatic shutdown when the grid goes out. And the electric car? Was fully charged and not plugged in when the lights went out. My wife has taken over my gas-guzzling Prius, but it still needs gas. She had planned to get gas on the way home, but by that time the power was out, all the gas pumps were down, and all the gas stations had closed. So the Prius, with its legendary 600-mile tank range, had less driving range than my fully charged Nissan Leaf. But heck, Kimo, a "like" for you? ALWAYS! Lookin' forward to having me and Mrs. Wiz meet you (and that fascinating character Bettejo) next time the fates grant us the gift of your beautiful paradise."

Anonymous said...

via Facebook;"James Kimo Rosen.Davis D. Danizier.Patricia Alana.Debbie Eayrs.Douglas Dunn...Like this