Watertown's Former Five-Term Mayor Offers His Take on Life in the North Country and Beyond
As I walked in to do some shopping yesterday at Walmart, there was this rather small box with a sign that said something along the lines of, "Canned Goods For Veterans". On my way out I donated! But I must say, there wasn't anything in the small box. Nowadays, there's all sorts of charitable organizations such as, Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, educational scholarships,food pantries, Toy's For Tots, Shop With A Cop, Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy, Childhood Cancer. The list is endless! The charities have become so great that it's become hard work in finding support. People "appear" to be less interested in giving these days. Sad, but perhaps some truth to that.
If you want to give money to support a cause. Find someone who is actually in need and give direct. Most organizations over time become self preserving and loss focus on its original purpose. Look at the Northside Improvement League, for many years it served the community, however recently not so much. Keeping a non-profit functioning and vital long term is a herculean effort, very few last more than a generation.What makes the Wounded Warrior Project so note worthy is how quickly the things went straight into the toilet.
It's an odd thing years ago you had charities then came the NFP's, let's not confuse the two. We saw this locally when a member of the WLDC took over the Urban Mission, promptly got 5K for the Mission, of tax dollars, because it is a Public Benefit Corp., like DANC, not answerable to anyone, It's EZ to point fingers at National Charities there not local, Take the United Way, Mothers March of Dimes, do the research they all have top heavy admin costs...
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