‘Tis the Season to be Giving

‘Tis the season to be giving…so give generously…but also give wisely.

You might have heard a recent report about Congressional hearings regarding a number of Veteran’s Charities.  It seems that one of the two worst performing charitable categories is “Veterans and Military.”  It is a sorry story that hundreds of millions of dollars raised in the name of injured military are being squandered by charities that take advantage of our compassion for the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives and health to protect us and our international interests.

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), in assessing some 26 charitable organizations that support our soldiers and veterans, only 4 came away with an A rating.

For over 30 years I have been involved in raising money for worthy causes and I’ve learned a lot during that time.  One of the things I have learned is to perform due diligence on any charity before I commit my time and effort, endorsement, and funds.

That is exactly what I did with Operation Enduring Freedom Family Fund.  So why do I support Operation Family Fund, including getting dunked, a pie in the face, and grueling runs? 

1. 100% volunteers.  No one is paid a salary.
2. 100% of donations go to program services that directly benefit the families of our fallen and wounded heroes.

But I encourage you to do your own research, not just for Operation Family Fund but for any charitable organization you want to support.  For more information about OFF, including their tax returns for the past three years, as well as information about thousands of other charities – go to www.guidestar.org/.  You’ll have to join as a member, but that basic membership is free.  You will then be able to access information about all the charities you are considering donating to.

I know a lot of my listeners have donated money to Operation Family Fund and I want to assure them that Mike Cash and his wonderful organization use your dollars in the most productive and effective way.

The $26,000 I raised in my Christmas Holiday Jewelry Boutique went directly to help a lot of military families have a better Christmas than they would have had with a house foreclosure, repossession of a car, or no money for Christmas presents for their children.

I’m proud of the work OFF has done to financially and emotionally support our military families after a cataclysmic injury or valiant death.  And, I want you to feel secure that whatever you’re willing and able to contribute actually touches the home and heart of these noble families.