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But rating nonprofits for effectiveness is proving to be difficult

Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Dallin H. Oaks addressed this problem wonderfully last October in Washington. I watched the entire testimony and his kind introduction. It is a worth-while watch for anyone considering this.

I used to dislike a charity for their CEO and VP making more than I could arguably justify. However, I now realize that sitting there and condemning something was the real problem. Yes, people take tax breaks. Those 'breaks' could go to the charities instead. Those working in charities could make less money. But the more we take away those rewards, the less help people will serve. Taking a moral stand to not 'participate' may help our pride, but it doesn't help those in need... in fact, it hurts them.

The LDS 'system' helps others and rewards members for helping multiple ways. First, that people learn that service can be the reward by itself. Second, the LDS system helps its own members in need as well. It's the perfect design. Sure, the world could learn a lot from that example. But hurting charities by taking away benefits ultimately means less will serve. That's a step in the wrong direction, not the right one.

Encouragement works far better.

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