Salvation Army Working For US.

December 25, 2010

Last week I read an article about the non-profits working to feed and cloth Americans who are struggling. The article reviewed the administrative costs associated with each organization to clarify just how much is being spent on those in need and those working for the non-profits.

I had an opportunity to speak with a professional grant writer over the weekend and found that many organizations working to help others can do wonders with high administrative costs.  Take the American Red Cross, they raise over 3.3 billion dollars a year in funds.  They may have to pay more up front in costs to generate that type of income from donations however they have more money to distribute than they would have if they didn’t participate in fundraisers.

The Salvation Army is another organization working with a large pool of donations.  With over 9 thousand centers that help nearly 27 million individuals the charity is quite different then the Red Cross because it is considered a church.  Founded in 1865 in the slums of London to help those in the Christian community by a preacher named William Booth.  The Salvation Army continues to help in several areas that are of concern to Christian values.  They also generate over 3 billion in donations each year with approximately 75% of the funding going to the charitable causes.

Whereas a small locate non-profit may have a smaller administrative percentage because they have one office and usually no paid staff.  They do not generate billions in funding, yet they do impact the local community with their support.

My advice to others when looking to give to a  non-profit is to find one that represents the issues that are near and dear to yours. Find out how much they raise in donations and then how much is spent on salaries in their administration.  If  they only generate  a few hundred thousand dollars and have 30 or 40 percent going to administrative costs possibly you may want to look elsewhere.

 

Enjoy your holidays and we will be back after the New Year with our blogs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Terry Suominen

Patriot Express Radio

 

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Compromise Would Surely Help The Situation!

December 9, 2010

Here we go again, those folks in DC. are at it again.  President Obama extends tax cuts for 2 years because Republicans were holding the American people hostage.   His words not mine, hostage.  I applaud the fact he extended the infamous olive branch to work on a deal that will keep the government functioning through the lame duck session.

However, it appears as if the ultra liberals are furious with his decision. All day on the news they bashed him  as too weak,  no backbone, caving in to the rich, and not the President we elected that was going to raise taxes on the rich.  He has divided his base once again and why?  He made concessions to try to do the right thing.

As we have stated numerously on the Patriot Express Radio show “we don’t need more taxes, we need less spending.” ” We need a government that will work to cut the fraud and waste in every entity of our bureaucracies across the nation.”  Stop the waste and we reign in the uncontrolled deficit spending.

I was talking to a retired military pilot today who said he once believed in the balanced budget amendment but now he is against it. He wants to have the military a separate budget so they get the funding they need without cuts that will weaken our defense.  I asked him how long he served for a barometer of the depth of knowledge he had on military spending.

He was a fighter pilot for 23 years. I asked if he saw any fraud or waste in his 23 years there?  He stated he saw the 500 dollar hammers and the waste. As a matter of fact he stated “I was told to take my jet out for a four-hour flight anywhere with a tanker following me on several occasion. ”

I stated I have friends that were in Viet Nam where every month new supplies would be flown in only to be placed in the middle of a field to be blown away by a few explosives from the tanks on base. This happened and is still happening today so the military doesn’t loss their budget.

The conversation went on and I explained on paper that approach looked good but the problem is the military has to spend the funds appropriated each budget or they lose it the next time around. We need to make sure the budget is never cut even when a surplus exists at the end of the fiscal year.  The military protects our borders and we need the strongest and the best with no compromising on their needs.

The issue isn’t increasing our taxes to pay for things our Representatives want, the issue is to cut the fraud and waste so we spend our tax dollars wisely as a CEO of any business would or should be doing to spend what they need and ultimately make a profit.  Our Congress spends the money then taxes the individuals and Corporations without having strict guidelines or rules on how to spend the money more efficiently.

We can balance the budget without raising taxes if the American Citizens would go to the polls and vote for individuals that will represent their wishes and not those of special interest. Remember your vote counts each election.  By not voting you’re allowing those in power to remain in power. We can do better.