Charity

Funding fears

Charity
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/15/08, 12:00 am

Will the nation's economic storm zap U.S. charities? While the data won't be in until well after the holiday giving season, the nation's nonprofits are already bracing for a blow.

World Vision's Phillipe Guiton, for example, said his group plans to trim hiring, a move that will likely affect the delivery of overseas aid. "What we are going to do now is to issue an order to reduce spending, to delay recruitment, delay purchases of capital assets, etc., until we can see clearer how much our income has dropped," Guiton said.

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Kovacs Family

'True religion'

Charity | Adoption funds allow the entire church to care for orphans
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 11/01/08, 12:00 am

When Jason Kovacs and his wife Shawnda were newly married, they developed a strong passion for adopting. "We were convicted by James 1:27, which said that 'true religion' involved looking after orphans," Kovacs said. But as a young couple on the staff at a church-Minneapolis' Bethlehem Baptist Church-the estimated $20,000 needed to adopt a child was simply beyond their means.

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Influencing the influencers

Charity | Hoping for cultural transformation at Ivy League schools
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 10/18/08, 12:00 am

Matt Bennett is founder and president of the Christian Union, an organization attempting to recover a vital Christian expression on the eight Ivy League campuses-seven of which began as explicitly Christian colleges. (Cornell is the exception.)

Bennett is unapologetic in proclaiming that as the Ivies go, so goes America. After all, those colleges have produced a disproportionate number of U.S. political and legal leaders, including President George W. Bush and eight of the nine current members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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