Associated Press/Photo by Julie Jacobson (file)

Attack charity, grow government

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/13, 02:13 pm

The Obama attack on charity is underway, with the Senate discussing ways to reduce charitable tax deductions and thus give Washington more money to spend.

Read more

The good news and bad news on giving

by Aimee Stauf
Posted 6/25/13, 01:19 pm

Americans donated more to organizations last year than they have since the start of the recession, according to a Giving USA report released last week. The 3.5 percent increase to education, the arts, health, religion, etc., seems promising, but with inflation that number gets cut more than half—down to 1.5 percent. And after four years of dwindling donations, many charities still struggle to make ends meet. Giving to religious groups, which mainly includes houses of worship, has dropped 2 percent when adjusted for inflation.

Read more

Photo courtesy of Vernon Murphy

Run the good race

Charity | A tiny Pennsylvania charity's modest grants ease the burden for local cancer patients
by Kathryn Blackhurst
Posted 4/25/13, 09:50 am

On April 9, 2010, at 6:30 a.m., Vernon Murphy woke up, rolled out of bed in his Coatesville, Pa., home and resolved to run.

He hated jogging, but he got up anyway. Because Murphy got up that morning, pulled on his shorts, laced up his shoes, and then gasped his way through a half-mile run, Barbara, who has advanced ovarian cancer, could cover last month’s rent. Gerry, who has scalp, lung, and colon cancer, could pay his electric bill. Darlene, who has late-stage colorectal cancer, got help with her medical bills.

Read more