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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) Donation \Do*na"tion\, n. [L. donatio; cf. F. donation.] 1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant. After donation there an absolute change and alienation of the property of the thing given. --South. 2. That which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift. And some donation freely to estate On the bless'd lovers. --Shak. 3. (Law) The act or cont
    • by clintp (2) on 2005.02.17 12:49 (#38315)
      It's not so black and white as that. I believe in World Peace (tm), but I'm not going to give money to any wino on the street that promises it.

      One of my GF's is a fundraiser for a large US Chairtable Organization ($45 million raised /year). Part of their success is they're *very* transparent about where the money goes. Every year annual reports are made widely available to advertize where their money comes from (donations above $5k) and where it goes to (16 page report with typical pie charts, and individual program expenditures). Organizations that hide their books inevitably will fail (or wind up in court). Transparency is good in this business.

      I'm sure TPI/TPF are required to file something similar to an IRS Form 990, and we could probably dig it up somewhere through a FOI Act Request... but why not just put your revenues and expenditures online somewhere? And since there are a managable number of projects, you could post details about what's going on within them.

      The Light of Day can only help your fundraising, can't it?