Charity Dollars Need to Go to the Kids, Not the Dogs! October 21, 2013
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Arizona Agriculture.
AZFB’s Educational Farming Company helps you Support our youth.
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
In 2012, according to the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Annual Report, their “Contributions and Grants” revenue line item totaled $151,069,252. When reviewing their Annual Report, I couldn’t help thinking, “charity dollars need to go to children; not the dogs.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. I grew up on a farm. You love the animals you care for and grow up considering them (especially our dogs) part of the family. But when a national organization like HSUS spends millions, not on animals, but to lobby against our very livelihood, maybe it’s time we step up and readjust our priorities.
The HSUS story is even more depressing when you realize most of its donors are being duped. According to recent national public polling, 71 percent of Americans think HSUS is an “umbrella group” for pet shelters across America. Sixty-eight percent believe HSUS spends most of its money funding local pet shelters. Neither is true. HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies and doesn’t run any pet shelters. It donates just 1 percent of the money it collects to local shelters. Plus, an April 2012 poll of 1,000 HSUS supporters found that almost 90 percent were unaware that it gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters.
So if the millions of dollars HSUS raises went to animal shelters, I’d feel a little bit better. The truth is the dogs don’t even get their charity dollars!
Let’s Change this by Giving to Our Youth
A way exists to get more dollars to our youth. Arizona Farm Bureau has made a way to help your giving go to the children. Through its Educational Farming Company, a 501(c)(3), you can contribute to important programs that help young people understand Arizona’s agriculture story.
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Educational Farming Company supports the following organizations:
- Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom
- Phoenix Zoo’s Harmony Farm
- Summer Ag Institute
- Project CENTRL
- Arizona National Livestock Show
And, when you and I donate to educational programs for children, we’re not only telling our state’s farm and ranch story, we’re helping improve their test scores since teaching agriculture in the classroom improves memory and learning retention (we have a study to confirm this).
Most importantly, we’re protecting our industry. By protecting our industry we advance the cause of agriculture for the next generation. We keep a $12.4 billion industry in our state robust. We spur on a healthy economy. We secure a nation that must be able to feed itself. We do so much when we contribute dollars to children.
It’s said that you can understand a company’s priorities by examining its budget. We know HSUS’. I contend we know our own priorities by checking our own budgets. Won’t you give to our children’s futures? If you want to partner with Arizona Farm Bureau in reaching our youth, send a check written out to “Arizona Farm Bureau’s Educational Farming Company.” Or, go to azfb.org/public/821/programs/program-support and make a payment online.
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- Author : freshair