scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: United Way Cutoff in Boston
Sat Aug 05 2000 - 06:01:27 CDT
In a message dated 8/2/00 4:17:09 PM Mountain Daylight Time, NeilLup@AOL.COM
> The United Way of Massachusetts Bay has eliminated
> its support of the Boy Scouts, following a Supreme Court
> decision allowing Scouts to bar homosexuals from
> leading troops.
I see BSA as the winner in this one. I have long given the bulk of my
charitable contributions to two organizations: BSA and my church.
I have two reasons:
1 - BSA and my church seek to build the character of me, my family, and my
community. United Way has long supported agencies and organizations which do
not foster what I consider to be good character development.
2 - Regardless of which organization a donor desires his money be given to,
United Way ultimately decides what portion of the total annual take goes to
specific organizations after they cover their own overhead and salaries (high
salaries in some cases). Hence, givers really have no control over how their
United Way gifts are spent.
I haven't given a dime to United Way for these reasons for nearly 20 years
because of their policies. Hence, they are the losers (thousands of dollars
over the years from me alone) -- not BSA.