Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Looking a Gift Horse In The Mouth? is a humanitarian initiative fostered by Kevin Bacon, of the "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon" fame. He got the program started based on the concept of connecting every charity to one location. Really quickly, the way the program works is, you create an online "badge" featuring your favorite charity. If your "badge" inspires someone to donate to your cause, they can simply click on your badge, and they'll be brought to a central site where they can place that donation, and the

money they give, gets allocated to your charity. Collectively, the program has gathered nearly $800,000 in donations.

That can never be seen as a bad thing, ever. Charity is good.

And I know it's not proper to look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak, but the site features the "Top 10" donation-getters. These folks have gotten the most individual donations for their charities, thus the spot on the page. But something bothers me about what I saw in the Top 10.
Take a look:

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Am I missing something? Did we forget about people? I've had pets all my life, in one form or another, and I have a dog now that I truly love. But, I don't know...


  1. Oh this is one of the things that drives me crazy. People more willing to give a kitten a bionic leg than to feed a starving orphan. Grrr!

  2. I know a lot of people think that well, they earned their money and don't want to give free handouts to freeloaders. I have to admit I understand. There's so much fraud in the "charity" world - in both administration and qualification for the program. Maybe people think that animals are more innocent than people and thus need more protection?

    Either that or we're all just crazy.

  3. Wow, that's actually kind of shocking. There's not a single charity in the top ten that deals with hardcore poverty.


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