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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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What to Watch Out for When Donating to Charity

Written by StatePoint on 25 December 2012.

Even when times are tough, many Americans budget a portion of their assets to go to charity. According to Giving USA, a research institute that publishes data and trends on charitable giving, Americans contributed more than $298.42 billion to charities in 2011. While your heart may guide you to a particular charity, don’t just hand over your hard-earned money without getting some information. Though all charities purport to be doing good work, some organizations have less than stellar track records. Just as you would scrutinize a financial investment, so should you examine a charity to ensure your money makes the biggest impact possible.

Fortunately, there are resources out there that can help. For example, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, established by the Better Business Bureau, connects donors to charities they can trust. Without judging the worthiness of a charity’s mission, BBB Wise Giving Alliance applies 20 Standards that ensure that a charity is aboveboard in everything it does, from money-management, to public transparency, to interactions with its board.

Your money will be better used if you donate to a charity that is well run and meets these standards.

So the next time you donate, first consider accessing a free report of the charity of your choice at www.give.org. And if your charity is not listed, you can request a review.

One sector, in particular, that is always in need of charitable support is education. Investing in education is investing in the future of the local, national and global communities.

Here are some great examples of educational organizations that meet the standards of BBB and could use your help.

• DonorsChoose.org: This online charity makes it easy for donors to help students in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests ranging from basic school supplies to musical instruments. Donors can choose projects based on criteria like location, subject, cost, or poverty level.

• Girls Inc.: Girls Inc. offers programs that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers, equipping them to achieve academic success, lead healthy, physically active lives, manage money, and discover an interest in historically male-dominated fields like technology, engineering and math. They award multiple college scholarships annually.

• National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCLD advocates success for students with learning disabilities by connecting parents and educators with resources and tools.

You can get a free copy of an evaluative listing of educational and other national charities by sending your name and address to Wise Giving Guide, 3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600, Arlington, VA, 22201 or email give@council.bbb.org.

With the cost of education on the rise, the need to offer financial support to educational institutions is increasingly important. But remember, if you’re going to give, give wisely.