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  •  I have also come to suspect organizations (2+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener, RocketJSquirrel

    that want to sell things to "raise awareness" of problems.
    It seems incredibly crass to me that we are regulary urged to indulge our already gross consumerist habits by buying plastic bracelets, T-shirts, magnetic yellow car-ribbons, and lots of other junk none of us needs and most of which will end up in landfill. And which--as in the case of the foodstuff that supports the Komen Foundation--is often overpriced.
    If we're serious about a cause I think we should just donate to it or find another way to support it, not buy junk to show off to the world how committed we are.
    And yes, Charity Navigator was one of the first places to indicate to me that the Central Asia Institute ("Three Cups of Tea") was probably not the best use of my charitable funds.
    One of the Gnostic Gospels quotes Jesus as saying (roughly speaking)  "Give generously to those in need. But let your money sweat in your hand until you know who those in real need are."

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