The answer is No!
There are good reasons why nobody should give to United Way. The most prominent
one is that it is an organization that promotes
EWA spells out in detail how the (in)justice system works in this respect. (For a
baker's dozen of URLs for similar web sites, refer to the links page of "Family" Transition
When you read their questionnaires addressed to women and men
separately: women the victims, men the abusers, you will
find that their definition of abuse encompasses all human interaction, provided it is
reported by women; men are not given a chance to reply in similar manner. Likewise, the
questions about perpetrators are not addressed to women. [Full
Another reason is that you have little control over what
the United Way is doing with your money. Bill O'Reilly of the TV Show O'Reilly
Factor, reports in a Nov. 17, 2001 column that the US United Way still has
found no way to give the families of the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack the money it
has collected for them.
|...after six weeks of controversy, the Red Cross will donate all of the
$543 million generous Americans gave it for "The Liberty Fund" to the 9-11
families. Previously, the Red Cross was only going to give approximately 25 percent of the
donations to the families ... keeping the rest for general Red Cross programs. ...
part of my continuing investigation into the charity chaos, I have zeroed in on "The
September 11th Fund" run by the United Way and a New York bank. That's the fund that
received all the money from the TV telethon and the big New York concert. We're talking
$337 million here. And there is no question that the United Way is having trouble getting
those funds directly to the grieving families. The reason is because they contract out to
local charities to actually hand the money to the families. And some of those charities
are inefficient, to say the least. The entire situation is one big mess.
Bill O'Reilly, The sign of the
Townhall.com, 2001 11 17
Things may be far worse than a big mess. Consider
that, as David Limbaugh reports in a November 21 article, For
the victims?, that the moneys collected are flowing with extreme ease to
In another case that came to light through the
efforts of the Toronto Star, it was nothing but sheer greed that
motivated the National Society for Abused Women and Children to
collect a million dollars in the course of a single year but to hand over no more than
only $1,365 of the money collected to charitable works. "The ability and
swiftness by which the main principals (of the Society), or indeed anyone acting within
the system, can extract from trusting citizens a large amount of money is rather
stunning," Loukidelis, the judge that stripped the society of its charitable status,
stated in a Jan. 28, 2002 ruling.
A Feb. 6, 2002
Toronto Star article states:
"The National Society for Abused Women and Children was first granted a charitable
number from Canada Customs and Revenue in 1999. Its application consisted of a
brochure, an outdated list of shelters to which it planned to contribute, and a promise to
donate at least half of funds raised to shelter work. With 70,000 charities in Canada, the
federal agency does little checking."
UPDATE Nov. 12, 2002
Toronto Star reports:
lost in charity scandal
One in six
spends a lot, gives a little
More than 12,000
Canadian charities almost one in six spend more money on fundraising and
administration than they do on charitable work, a Star investigation reveals.
Some are well-meaning but inefficient, while others run blatant scams
preying on the public with aggressive, often abusive, fundraising tactics.
These troubled charities, all federally registered, spent a total of $10.5
billion of donor money on fundraising and administration in 1999 but contributed just $1.9
billion to charitable works. That's 15 cents on the dollar. (Full
identifies that since 1999, the number of Canadian charities has grown:
Today [Nov. 2002], there are 79,000 charities in Canada, with about 1,000 new ones
registered by federal authorities each year. On average, the approval time is just one
month. In 1999, the most recent year for which electronic data are available, Ottawa's
charity database held 73,000 organizations.
There was to be a follow-up story Nov. 13, 2002, "Bad boys of charity".
If you want the promotion of rampant misandry and social
destruction to end, dry up the funding. Hit the misandrists where it hurts them the
most, in their cash boxes. If nothing else, thereby you'll keep control over where
your hard-earned money goes. Don't be suckered into having your money ripped off.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are given each year from Canadian tax revenues to women's
organizations and to "battered" women's shelters alone to women's shelter
programs from provincial revenues about $100 million (that doesn't include moneys from the
federal government, from United Way and from other private sources). Yet, domestic
violence is not a very pressing problem in Canada.
Over-all, rates of violence are falling, and violence against women in particular more so
than other violence categories, although violence by women is on
the rise. . There are about two incidents of violence against men for every one of
violence against women. According to Statistics Canada pub. Family
Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2000 (Cat. no. 85-224; see
Eeva Sodhi's comments), a little more than half of all
inter-partner violence is initiated by women.
Most of what is called domestic violence is actually not truly domestic violence. It
should more accurately be called extramarital violence or "EV", because of all
social institutions and life-styles, marriages are the safest for women (and men and
children) to be in.
Although there are roughly 450 "battered" women's shelters in Canada, not a
single battered men's shelter is in operation. The only "shelters" where
men can truly find refuge from
violent women are Canadian jails and prisons.
However, there is no place where men can find refuge from violent women for themselves
for their children.
Much of the money collected by United Way goes toward funding the ideological and
political goals of radical extremist women's organizations. Don't those receive
enough already through the taxes you pay? Why would anyone want to give them more?
Funding for violence prevention runs to millions of dollars per domestic violence
fatality, given that presently there are about 70 DV-related fatalities in Canada each
year (men and children included). Excepting perhaps the scares relating to
nonexistent anthrax victims (there are none in Canada), no other category of cause of
death receives even close to that level of funding. And you are to give more yet?
Certainly, many employers put their employees under pressure to donate to United Way.
After all, the company United-Way-Campaign managers must preserve their and their
companies' public image. However, pressure like that is surely nothing other than
coercion, and for what good reason? If you must give in to that pressure, why not
just give a dime a week, as suggested by Trudy Schuett, the publisher of The Desert Light
Journal? It'll keep the paperwork in your company going, and
your company's United-Way-Campaign manager can save his face by showing that a large
percentage of his company's employees pledged donations. However, limiting your donation
to what is essential to keep your managers happy will also limit or even eliminate
|Many people are aware of the US Combined Federal Campaign, in which
United Way takes donations from American federal employees as an automatic paycheck
deduction. Some of the organizations funded by United Way are sexist, anti-male orgs, and
as such I personally do my best to discourage anyone from participating. In many cases
there is an option to earmark your donation to a specific org, so if anyone feels serious
pressure from superiors to donate, there are orgs which don't discriminate, but you'll
need to do your homework. You may donate as little as a dime a week, if you need to keep
peace in your workplace. This is often done. I once worked for United Way in my community,
so I know what I'm talking about.
I do, however, encourage orgs to apply to United Way for funding. Their Allocations Panel
changes every year, and is comprised of volunteers from the community at large. We might
see some changes this year! (Yes, you too may volunteer to serve on the Allocations Panel
in your area. Phone your local United Way for info.) [However,
don't get your hopes too high. There are ways to neutralize your efforts, as for
example in the futile attempts to gain
democratic influence on Children's Aid Societies in Ontario. WHS]
You'd think the military would be the most supportive of United Way, but in truth we're
finding (at least with the Marine Corps and Army here in Yuma) they frankly don't give a
flaming flamingo whether you donate or not. My husband works at a Marine Corps
installation and is finding many 'deadbolted dads' left with no other option than to live
on base. Paul suggests to the Marines, that if they feel they must donate to a charity,
find one that is man-friendly. Here in AZ, that is the AZ Fathers. They do excellent work
in supporting and teaching non-custodial parents to deal with the divorce/custody game,
and have many mothers and grandmothers among their membership.
I'd like to establish a list of man-friendly organizations worldwide in need of cash or
other donations. This is a good time to do this, as so many people are now disgusted and
unhappy with the big charities and would like to give their money locally where they know
it will be used for the intended purpose. [e. g.: Bill O'Reilly's article] Your org does
not need to have 501(c)3 status, or whatever is comparable in other countries outside the
US. Many helping orgs have worked for years without this. The AZ Fathers is one such org,
in business since the '70s.
If you've got an org that is non-profit, and helps men in some way I want to hear from
you! Please be specific as to your needs. Sometimes it's easier to get what are called
"in-kind donations," which are gifts of things, such as computers, office
equipment, etc. You also may be able to find a volunteer that is knowledgeable in
something you need doing, such as counseling, computer tech support, or even roof repair.
(There are a zillion retired men with great skills out there looking for something to do.)
Again--I must repeat--you do not need to have official charity status in your country to
be put on the list. All I need from you is assurance that your group works for men, or has
specific intentions to do so. "Seed money" requests are acceptable, so long as I
can see how you expect to implement your plan. With that in mind, knowing there may be
potential donors out there, I have two Canadian start-ups I'm aware of who need monetary
Send me your notice, guys--every little bit helps!
Trudy W. Schuett
"A woman needs a man like a fish needs the river."