Conduct a thorough investigation of every charity. Speaking of organizations gone astray, I used to contribute money to The United Way (not knowing that they sometimes give money to Planned Parenthood). That is tough to live with, but no one’s fault other than mine. Do your homework so you don’t have such a thing hanging on your conscience. Trust me, I’ve been there.
The Fair Tax is our nation’s best potential engine for charity growth. Those who make wisecracks about compassionate conservatism being an oxymoron generally believe in “compelled charity,” which is the true oxymoron. Nancy Pelosi and her followers are the most uncompassionate and uncharitable people in America. They want the IRS to collect our “charity” at the point of a gun. But charity, once compelled, ceases to be charity. If we want to see an explosion of charitable giving in America, we must abolish the IRS. The Fair Tax (see www.Boortz.com) is our only realistic hope.
Volunteer first, contribute second. It is always better to give to a charity with which you are familiar. There is no better way to learn about an organization than by volunteering for that organization. Give your time first, and your money second.
Don’t settle for the existing charity. Yesterday, I was talking to one of the best (if not the best) First Amendment attorneys in America. He mentioned that his church has a fund for those seeking to adopt children. The fund, which was started by a couple at the church, probably has close to zero overhead. I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The real question is: How many people reading this column will be inspired to duplicate it?
Use charity to defeat prejudice. Once, there was a woman who overheard her youngest son making fun of a handicapped child. She made him help her do volunteer work with handicapped children. She kept giving him his weekly allowance but made him give it to a charity helping handicapped kids. Later, as an adult, he gave to the same charity – but this time of his own free will.
Practice spontaneous charity. Did you hear the one about the lady who was driving through a slum and saw a poor woman walking home from her job as a cook in a cafeteria? She was about to have to cook again for her own family when she heard the knock on the door. As she was handed a bag of groceries and a hot meal all she heard was, “Don’t thank me, thank Jesus.”
Use charity as therapy. Sometimes we have bad days. We wake up angry at the world. I had an excellent education professor (one of three in America) who said that the best cure for a bad mood was just to greet everyone we saw with a smile and a few polite words. He said it would soon be contagious. Imagine what would happen if we took that $150 for our next therapy session – the one we go to for reasons of status (“well, MY analyst says”) – and bought cloths for the homeless instead.
Or just ignore these commandments, take the easy way out, and throw a quarter at the next panhandler you see at Wal-Mart. It’s almost as easy as letting the IRS handle your charity for you.