BUZ LIVINGSTON: So this is Christmas: Give smart; avoid scams

Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 02:45 PM.

Charity Navigator’s top charities pay less than 15 percent to hired fundraisers, and other experts recommend charities pay no more than 25 percent. According to contracts signed in Florida and Arizona, the Association paid 60 percent. Another red flag was the almost total anonymity of officers and employees. At the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq one of their scripts included pitches about helping soldiers in the field. Cody/Thompson should be grateful fraud is not a capital offense.

Don’t let bad apples spoil good intentions; just follow the basic guidelines listed above. Charity does begin at home plus it is easier to research local efforts. I understand fiscal prudence and personal responsibility but the undeniable reality of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts mean hungry people, not just around Thanksgiving and Christmas either. Even though you don’t see the face of hunger in the mirror it could be a face you see every day.

Ask Pennie Lucas at Caring and Sharing of South Walton. You can help by volunteering your time or donating non-perishable food products like canned tuna, canned chicken, rice, beans and peanut butter. Monetary gifts can be more efficient and give staff flexibility. Caring and Sharing of South Walton is at 121 Lynn Drive and you can reach Pennie at 267-2866. 

If Congress approves additional proposed SNAP cuts, food banks like Caring and Sharing would see their burdens double.

Buz Livingston, CFP, has the only hourly financial planning and investment management firm headquartered in Blue Mountain Beach. For information, visit www.livingstonfinancial.net or visit the new office at 2050 Scenic 30A, M1-Unit 230, Redfish Village.


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