scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: A new idea for the United Way
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Thu Aug 31 2000 - 20:17:30 CDT
There is a common misconception that surfaces here every so often that
money donated to the United Way and designated to a specific charity
actually helps this charity. Usually it doesn't, and here's the reason
The United Way in each area allocates a certain percentage of their
annual take to each participating charity it services. They won't
increase this amount because people designate donations to a specific
charity, they merely use those donations to help make up the annual
percentage for that specific charity. Thus in an Alice-in-Wonderland
sort of logic, by designating your donation to a specific charity, you
free up a like ammount which is then distributed to all the other
charities. So, to simplify things, if you donate $80 to UW, designating
it to BSA, and UW is working with 20 charities this year, BSA will get
your $80, freeing up $80 other dollars which gets split 20 ways, leaving
BSA with a net gain of $4. If you donate your local council $80, you
local council gets the entire $80, less the $4 it would have gotten from
UW, for a net gain of $76. If you make that a round $ 100, you will get
a nice placque showing that you are a nice person.
In short, if you want to give money to BSA, do so directly, at work, if
your company will allow specified donations, or privately.
John Tudor wrote:
> Anyway, our suggestion is for all scouters who participate in the UW, and others who are asked to donate that they do so, even if the UW drops scouting, but then designate your gift to either your local council or local troop. Encourage others who support scouting, and are not on this list to do the same.
> This would be a massive show of support for the BSA, and might have some effect on the way the UW treats scouting.
> Just an idea from out in the hills of NC, What say ye L'ers?
> John Tudor
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