The reason I believe in being frugal isn’t always out of necessity, but out of a belief that it is my calling to be a good steward of what God has given me. And part of being a good steward is giving back a portion of what we have been given. Some people believe in a tithe, some people believe that is too little, some people too much. My personal belief (take it for what you want) is that God asks us to give a regular portion of our income and that it is an area he constantly asks us to stretch and re-evaluate.
Anyway, we give mainly to the church, then a couple of other organizations we strongly believe in and then we have this slush fund that we have to give out of when something comes up. It is out of this fund I give to my mom who is running a marathon for the Leukemia Society (at age 60!!!), a church drive that comes out of nowhere or a friend that is doing some sort of service project.
One of the organizations that we give to out of the slush fund from time to time is the Susan G. Komen foundation. My mom and aunt are both breast cancer survivors and I have lost a few friends to breast cancer so it is a cause that I feel passionately about. And if you pay attention to the breast cancer cause, you know that most all the money that is to be donated when you purchase something with a pink ribbon on it goes to that organization.
So imagine my confusion and dismay when I stumbled upon this article. The net out being that Susan G. Komen gave over $700,000 dollars last year to Planned Parenthood. What saddened me the most is that my local chapter gave a very large chunk of change. Obviously this is quite upsetting to someone who is strongly pro-life.
Yet, when I think about it, this should bother more than just pro-lifers. When I give money, I want to know that it goes to the organization it says it’s going to. I got an unsolicited call the other day from an organization gathering money for veterans. When I asked them how much of the donation went to veterans, they told me 20%. Even if we give solely to the church, we shouldn’t blindly expect that they are being good stewards of that money. My former denomination gave all sorts of money to purchase very weird and liberal curriculum.
I could climb way up high on my soapbox and preach on this for hours, but I fear you would tune out and miss the point. It is not OK for our money to end up places we don’t want it to. And when it does, we should demand that it doesn’t or we should stop supporting these organizations. Just being generous frankly isn’t enough. We need to understand how the money is being stewarded by those give our money to. Stepping down off soapbox (for now) to get back to cutting coupons.