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Charity Navigator

The intelligent way to give your money to charity.

Charity Navigator offers people the ability to investigate their favorite charities and find out exactly how much money they’re giving really goes to the intended goal and how much winds up in the administrative and advertisers pockets.  In addition to carefully researched findings on most marketable charities, Charity Navigator also provides a Donor Advisory Alert that highlights potential scams and frauds to be aware of.  For instance, in the case of a one “26.4.26 Foundation” on January 11, 2014,

USA Today reported that 26.4.26 Foundation, “a Tennessee charity raising money to honor the victims of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is unable to account for $70,000 of the funds.

something I’m sure many would-be investors in that charity might like to know.  Further more,

” And as to the charity’s co-founder Robbie Bruce, the article noted that he “didn’t return repeated telephone messages. No one answered the door at his apartment last week.”

Although this isn’t a clear and cut indictment against the worthiness of  26.4.26 Foundation, it does offer some very unsettling clues.  So, the next time you have a desire to give or someone is tugging on your heart-strings for money, check them out at the Charity Navigator.

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Spotlight: Liberals on Parade

Setting the Record StraightImage courtesy of Liberals on Parade Facebook

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To promote a liberal political agenda and values consistent with the 99%.

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This page will discuss political issues and issues that will influence society as a whole. It is liberal based; therefore, if you do not agree with the liberal stance then this is not the page for you. This page may contain swearing or posts that may offend some of you. You can choose to pass them by or unlike the page. Nonetheless, we will not tolerate trolls in any manner. Also, any form of discrimination, racism, etc. will not be tolerated. Thanks for liking us!

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Takei’s Take on YouTube

Aside from being known for his role as Sulu in the original TV series Star Trek, George Takei has become presently known as an outspoken proponent of gay rights issues, locally and world wide.  He has clearly adapted to the internet with not only with a strong presence on Facebook with over 6.3 million followers as himself, George Takei, but as well for his recent venture into “Takei’s Take” on YouTube as seen here in episode 11 of his recent video postings.  You can find his other posts and subscribe by visiting the following link – http://www.youtube.com/user/TakeisTake

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Spotlight: Transparency International

This week’s Speak Out Spotlight (SOS) is on a group called Transparency International (TI).  Based in Berlin, the secretariat provides leadership for the movement’s international initiatives, supports chapters and coordinates regional work through knowledge sharing, advocacy and coalition building.

If you’re looking for a way to combat corruption either locally, nationally, or on a more international stage, then this might be the right way to go.  Their site provides several opportunities to report, investigate and get involved through a number of effective resources.  In addition to their site, TI also offers a Facebook and Twitter feed (links at the bottom of this page).

Transparency International is as they say in their Vision statement and Overview:

Their Vision

“A world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption”

Overview

One global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Much remains to be done to stop corruption, but much has also been achieved, including:

  • the creation of international anti-corruption conventions
  • the prosecution of corrupt leaders and seizures of their illicitly gained riches
  • national elections won and lost on tackling corruption
  • companies held accountable for their behaviour both at home and abroad.

To find out more about TI or to get involved, please click on the following link to their website:  Transparency International

They can also be found on FacebookTransparency International Fb Link

and on Twitter through:  TI @ anticorruption

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