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Give money to help the poor, the oppressed

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Global equality

What inspires me

Christ

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Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.
October 16, 2012

SPLC's Teaching Tolerance program is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world. Adult bigots and their offspring have bullied children for years. My child, very Christian and loving, has been bullied and we seek education for all to end ignorance and hatred. We are saddened by the pervasive oppression, ingnorance and injustice we see in our world, thus we give when we can, as led by Christ's love to do so.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Hate groups sadden me: The Sikh temple massacre, racial and homophobic oppression, anti-muslim, and anti-Christian groups are hateful. Jesus Christ does not condone hate - but too often I see so-called Christians spewing unholy hate, basing their odd behavior on Old Testament thoughts that have long been proven false. Our only hope is education and prayer. Bless you SPLC.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My child has been bullied and ostracized. He has a choice: He could succumb to others' victimization which would hurt his self-esteem and could easily become a bully himself out of righteous indignation at ugly taunts. OR He could act Christlike and loving, overpowering evil with good. I prefer the latter. The right-wing-"falsely-Christian" pharisaical heretics need to understand the NEW testament, the gospel, the GOOD news. SPLC does and brings it to our schools. As far as I can see, whether they claim it or not, the SPLC people preach the gospel in words and deeds.

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Family Research Council, Inc.
October 16, 2012

This is a hate group and shouldn't call itself a Christian organization given that Jesus' mandate was to love and serve the oppressed. This group uses funds to lobby our government representatives which is far from Christ's commandments to Love God (submiting to his authority) and Love our neighbor as ourselves. Sadly, these Pharisees only promote archaic Old Testament thoughts. Pridefully, they cannot see the love and commitment of LGBT unions. I will pray for them, that Jesus Christ can warm their hearts and enable their minds to rationally consider that these "rules" to which they ascribe are false in the same way that eating shellfish, working on the Sabbath, and similar Leviticus admonishons are false.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enable them to consider scientific research relative to the God-given differences between the heterosexual and homosexual brains and genetic make-up so that they can come to understand sexual preference is not a "choice". As a happily married heterosexual woman, my husband and I have many LGBT friends in similarly loving relationships which embody Christ's love. I pray that God can help these good people to see the good in others and redirect their money to serve the poor in spirit and the oppressed.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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General Member of the Public

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WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL
October 16, 2012

World Vision continues to impress me. We sponsor children in Africa to help educate them, encourage and empower them in their lives. We donate to individuals who do marathons that are sponsored by World Vision as well since together, they raise funds to create provide water wells that will last forever to help those in Africa. This organization embodies Christ's calling to serve the poor, the oppressed and those in need of love and care.

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Lopez Lomong, Sudanese-American-Olympian spoke at our church's youth group recently. He's a World Vision spokesperson, having been a direct beneficiary of the power of Christian love. He advocates for this group because he knows the desperate need of those in Africa. Also, many in our church have donated their time running the Chicago marathon on behalf of World Vision, raising $80,000 to create wells in Africa. I'm called to give thanks to them as they represent the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I asked them to discontinue sending snail mail (which wastes resources) and they responded affirmatively! My money goes farther with them.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Lopez Lomong impressed me. Additionally, I've recognized that I should give more to authentic Christian missions instead of my wealthy suburban church that I attend since I now question their stewardship of precious financial resources. Further, I've seen a shift within some leaders in my church from Christlike behavior and doctrine to Pharisaical, judgmental, political worldviews. I'm sad that my church has been corrupted by sin (pride & greed) but will continue to serve this community with my spiritual gifts, especially now that I've witnessed significant failure to comply with Christ's mandates to love and serve God & our oppressed neighbors. I give great thanks that I can contribute meaningfully to Christ's mission through World Vision.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

His calling, my gratitude for his guidance and blessings.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Pete Sterns, son of World Vision's CEO, is a leader in our youth community. Additionally, Dave & Char Mahar, Mark & Randi Lundgren, and many others have been humble servant leaders for World Vision in my village. I learn much from them and am indebted.

MY ROLE:
Donor & Just donations presently. .

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Inc.
October 16, 2012

BreakThrough serves the Homeless, the Youth, and the oppressed people of Chicago through basic human services, education, shelter, and love. This is authentic Christian Servant Leadership. I've stopped tithing to my church since they've stopped representing Jesus Christ insofar as I've witnessed and re-directed our tithe and offerings here and to other charities who have excellent ratings. My dollar has to go farther to support Christian ministries: Each penny counts at BreakThrough and they judiciously evaluate how best they can serve the urban poor, to encourage and empower them to live full, productive, healthy, happy lives. Christ lives here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Pastor Mike Murphy has helped many of us in the wealthy suburbs envision the struggles and need in urban communities. He is gifted in bridging two worlds: Urban and suburban. Wealth-burdened and wealth-starved. Shamefully prideful and sadly humbled. BreakThrough responds to human need in amazing ways.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

....well.... I've seen the changes already! I asked that they not waste paper in sending me monthly statements. I'm a tree hugger and they responded, discontinuing any snail mail, opting for email instead. Ask and ye shall receive! I cannot think of any change to recommend.

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Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I've been giving my meager financial donations to a wealthy suburban church where I live (as well as other 4-star-rated Christian charities like World Vision). My church has not been good stewards and recently, I've seen a shift from Christlike behavior and doctrine to pharisaical, judgmental, political worldviews. I'm not able to financially support my home-church if the Senior Pastor decides to turn His pulpit into his own pulpit. I'm sad that my church has been corrupted by sin and will continue to serve this community with my spiritual gifts. I give great thanks that I can contribute meaningfully to Christ's mission in other ways.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

His calling. There is such great need with our Urban Poor.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Meet Arloa & Mike. Give time and talent.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I've only donated money thus far. Most of my friends also donate their time and talents but I've yet to do that given limitations presently. .