24 March 2012
Money, money everywhere, but not a cent to help
Since I started fundraising for Our Duty, I have found it very difficult to listen to any news story that discusses money.
To date, our biggest donations have come from veterans on fixed incomes, who have scraped together a few bucks out of their meagre pensions to support us. It is amazing that they did and we appreciate every one.
Listen to any news cast you hear about hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars changing hands, as profit, as waste, as the fine-points in a negotiation, as the net-worth of a company that makes crap. All that money, flowing all around. And people like me, who are out there trying to fix a problem or make the world better; we have our hands out, saying please help me help others. And the money whirls past, like in some pathetic game show booth.
A percent of a percent of the funds being discussed would turn any organization into a major force. If would take operations out of basement or garage and into an office. It would let the volunteer staff stop worrying about their own bills and focus on doing what they do best. It would enable travel to significant events. It would buy ads to help spread the messages.
But you try getting those funds. Damn near impossible.
I'm afraid to add up the number of volunteer hours behind Our Duty or to tally the costs we have contributed. I don't want to know how much we have donated because then I will be even more angry and disillusioned. Especially since I know a lot of that time and energy has gone into fruitless funding appeals.
And the most aggravating part is the silence. Letters, emails, phone calls, faxes - most are completely ignored. Perhaps 1 in 1000 actually gets a response and that’s a 'no'. The rest just disappear, like you flushed a great wad of your time and effort down the toilet.
The Haves not only won't help, they won't even listen. Which creates our current situation: Those with the least to give, give the most.
And that is heartbreaking.