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I don’t normally respond to critical letters about my column, but I have decided to make an exception because certain recent critical remarks have offered a teachable moment – and there is nothing I love more than a teachable moment.   In a recent column I made disparaging comments about political conservatives and their concern […] Read More

(RNS)Christians and atheists are fighting again—this time over who can raise more money for charity. The Christian and atheist communities on the online forum Reddit are in a battle to raise the most money for their causes. In the spirit of Christmas (or in atheists’ case, human generosity), community members are even donating money to […] Read More

(RNS) Several of the nation’s largest religious charities reported increases in private support as nonprofits overall saw decreases in donations last year, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported. Feed the Children, which ranked fifth in the annual Philanthropy 400, had a 1.2 percent increase in private support, which totaled $1.19 billion. World Vision saw a 4.5 […] Read More

(RNS) The U.S. tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a “world giving index” by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation that measured charitable behavior across the globe. The ranking in the “World Giving Index 2010” was based on the U.S.’s showing in three categories—60 percent of Americans gave to an organization; 39 percent volunteered for […] Read More

(RNS) An atheist foundation that seeks to foster charitable giving among nonbelievers is encouraging members to donate to a religious charity ”and the move is stirring mixed feelings among members. Foundation Beyond Belief, a nonprofit headquartered in Georgia, has designated London-based Quaker Peace & Social Witness as one of 10 charities its members will support […] Read More

The holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets. People feel good about […] Read More

Sermon delivered by Joel Snider, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., on July 12, 2009. 1 John 4: 16-21. Meditation Text: God in His essential Being is Charity; God so loved that He gave; therefore to dwell in Charity means giving in our turn, a movement of unconditioned generosity which shall be the […] Read More

Key findings from a survey of over 950 nonprofit leaders show that 31 percent of nonprofits lack enough operating cash to cover expenses for more than one month. Another 31 percent can’t cover even three months. A whopping 93 percent of “lifeline” organizations—nonprofit agencies that provide food and other basic services to the vulnerable—anticipate increasing […] Read More

It never fails. Just about every time I write about the responsibility we have not only as Christians but also as citizens to provide a viable social safety net for the poor in our midst, someone will fire back to let me know that it is not the job of government to help the poor. […] Read More

Charities have gotten a bad reputation thanks to the scandals at some of the larger charitable institutions. So what qualities of a charity can inspire your trust? The definition of trust in Merriam-Webster online is as follows: 1 a: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b: one in […] Read More