More Random Acts of Seasonal Generosity in Season of Deep Need

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December 19, 2011; Source: Pioneer Press | In the Twin Cities area, someone has been slipping $1,000 at a time into Salvation Army kettles. It has happened six times at different locations, and the bell ringers are assuming that it is the same person doing it each time, because in each case the bills have been carefully folded into quarters. Another donor dropped in a cashier’s check for $23,000. Still, the campaign is less than halfway to its $11.4 million goal this year.

And in a related first-person story, as I rode up the escalator at Penn Station last week I heard strains of the electric slide above me. Emerging onto the street I saw two young men in their late teens doing the dance to attract people to the kettles. Way to go in mixing that image up a little.—Ruth McCambridge

  • Kathleen Rosenhall

    🙁 The Salvation Army is an interesting organization example in a very important topic for nonprofits these days–what is the obligation of an organization to fully disclose their political and social justice positions?

    I for one, really struggle with the widespread support both by individuals and the businesses that allow the kettle ringers on their property, of an organization that has taken such extreme position on social issues.

    I don’t object to people supporting SA, but I do feel the organization misrepresents itself to the public.

  • Eric

    Having worked for them, it’s just as interesting how diverse it is internally. I equate it to any Christian organization. It’s a church first with a giant charitable arm. The charity side doesn’t discriminate against anyone (in my experience there), but the church side is, well, a church. I agree in saying it should be examined for nonprofits. I believe in the next ten years it’s brand will change drastically, particularly with their stances within the LGBT community.