Jill Lacey for WORLD

The other Washington

Charity | Most of the news from the Capitol and the White House over the past year has been about government expansion measured in the billions or trillions.
by Jill Lacey
Posted 3/26/10, 05:17 am

First you hear them coming: the squeak of rubber on linoleum, the squawk of excited voices in the hallway. Then comes the chaos of 40 elementary-school kids-yellow polo shirts and khaki pants in various states of disarray at this late hour-swarming the cafeteria. It's 6:30 p.m. and STEPdc's evening tutoring is about to begin. Children munch pizza and salad but keep an anxious eye to the door. "There's Miss Melissa!" A little girl's face bursts into a smile. Tutors in sartorial styles ranging from laborer to lawyerly file in, some with their ID badges dangling.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Giving away control

Charity | Some business owners are turning their companies over to Christian charity
by Rusty Leonard
Posted 2/12/10, 06:05 am

Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, responded, "Because that is where the money is." Fundraisers for Christian ministries have learned that successful Christian businesspeople represent one of the easiest ways to raise significant sums for their cause, because that is where the biggest gifts are. It is not that Christian businesspeople are more generous than other Christians; they just have a greater capacity to give.

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Bryce Boyer/World Vision/Genesis Photos

Crisis giving

Charity | Instant need calls for long-term strategy
by Rusty Leonard
Posted 1/29/10, 06:42 am

Americans have a long history of responding generously to tragedies like the earthquake in Haiti. Christians, in particular, are often among the first to get into action by offering their time, talents, and treasure to relief efforts.

But can donors respond too quickly? The desire to assist those in desperate need is admirable, but in their haste, donors may not always act in the best long-term interests of the afflicted. Or they may react too hurriedly to slick advertising from professional fundraisers, thereby producing less effective gifts.

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