Skip to comments.Philanthropists eye LDS model of self-reliance
Posted on 12/12/2011 7:26:49 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
They may seem drastically different: a nonprofit that helps children build lemonade stands, an organization that encourages character building through sports and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But they all have the same underlying goal: to promote economic self-reliance.
The LDS Church Thursday was the last stop on a nationwide tour highlighting best practices in economic self-reliance. During a two day conference sponsored by The Philanthropy Roundtable, representatives from charitable foundations across the country took a tour through Welfare Square, the LDS Humanitarian Center and the Bishop's Central Storehouse.
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“’We came to Utah to see Welfare Square because it is one of the nation’s greatest models of cultivating self-reliance, not only for members of the Mormon faith but for people of all backgrounds,’ said Shannon Toronto, COO of The Philanthropy Roundtable, a national network of individual donors, corporate giving officers and foundation trustees.
Previous stops on The Philanthropy Roundtable’s economic opportunity tour included Lemonade Day in Houston, which teaches children business skills, and Florida’s Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit that teams up with athletic leagues to teach principles of family and community.
The Philanthropy Roundtable, which is based in Washington D.C., seeks, among other efforts, to improve charitable outcomes by educating donors, Toronto said. Economic Opportunity, as it relates to self reliance, is one of the organizations major initiatives.”
“We learned from our meeting today that the best programs recognize the dignity of the individual and that the highest quality of life is attained when a person becomes self reliant and can help others within her realm of influence,” Toronto said.
“We want to help people help themselves,” said Terry Oakes, managing director of LDS Welfare Services. “We don’t believe in giving handouts. We believe in giving hand ups.”
Way to get things going on a Mon morn.
After attending the conference, Marcia Argyris, senior program officer for the California-based S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, said she has a “different impression of the Mormon Church.”
“I think this whole idea of asking what a person receiving services can give back is interesting,” she said. “Instead of just accepting something and walking away, they are working for it. I think that’s very important.”
Stan Swim, who attended the conference, said his organization the GFC Foundation in Pleasant Grove favors programs that support self-reliance when doling out money.
“We have a responsibility to care for the poor,” he said. “We are trying to do it in a way that rebuilds people.”
A good way to start the week.
Seriously Sandy, you post an article and then become the first post attacking people before anyone has been posted. There are NO anti-mormons on FR, it has been established you have either refused or are unable to provide any evidence to your claim. There are however many people who are opposed to and expose mormonISM on FR.
Good neighbors. Nice citizens. But it’s a business, not a religion.
The AMWAY church.
From the article: people “pay” for their food by completing a wide range of tasks ranging from canning vegetables to sorting clothes at the church’s thrift store.
Sorry Sandy, if people have to PAY then it IS NOT charity.
Here is just one example which has lately been buying a lot of advertising here in Pennsylvania. Pastor Tracie, my rear end!
I'll bet these damn Mormons don't even provide them with methadone, liquor and morning after pills!
Anti Mormon dog pile alert.
Thanks for posting.
Yeah, I see they are legion....
Ok, I guess if your point had clarity it might be valuable. To compare government enslavement with a “religious” group that claims charity but requires payment, well there is a huge disconnect on your part here.
Oh, thank you Sandy for making my point. It has been a pleasure doing business with you.
I think AMWAY is Reformed Dutch. Grand Rapids, you know.