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A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others most efficiently

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Everybody has their hand out asking for a hand out.”

That’s not true, but when ‘tis the season of giving, more than ever come solicitations for good doing.

Being on both sides of this equation, it becomes very complicated.

For many years having served on foundation boards seeking assistance, there are obvious needs.

From the opposite side, working with efforts to receive stipends from foundations that assist others, there are those obvious needs as well.

Two key elements come into play in both situations.

Accumulated funds must be distributed to the set effort at hand. It’s not easy knowing who or what has the most need and will put stipends to best use.

Biggest concern though is that all of the generously donated dollars go to the cause for which they were requested.

Most people think if they give a dollar to any worthwhile effort, those needing it receive every penny.

In certain foundations, trusts, and Good Samaritan groups, that’s the way it is. Unpaid volunteers manage funds and are conscientious in wisest distribution of hard-earned stipends donated to help others.

However, dilemma arises when many fund raising organizations fill their own pockets with a big cut off the top. Sometimes, only a few cents of every dollar go to the cause for which funds were solicited.

Most generous givers have no clue of this. They’re giving out of the good of their heart to help another. It gives one a most worthwhile feeling to assist those less fortunate.

Charities are often big time business, paying leaders very high kickbacks. Generally, it’s on a commission basis, with rates often negotiable.

Daily in the mail, on airwaves and telephone, some group is asking for financial assistance.

Helping others in need is important, even essential as required of those with strong faith and beliefs.

Donations should be given for what is nearest and dearest to one’s heart. Yet, it’s so important to know contributions go for that cause, and not somebody’s fancy clothes, home and car.

Knowing the difference is very difficult. However, charities are required to publicly release management costs, which should be evaluated before making donations.

Reminded of Philippians 2:4: “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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