For All Intents and Purposes

The Boston Globe recently reported the results of its investigation of a celebrity NFL quarterback’s charitable foundation, an article that raised questions about the organization’s use of funds. When we read articles like this we may have questions about how the organizations we give to use our donations.

It’s easy to assume that an organization will use the funds consistent with our giving intent. But malfeasance or fraud aside, there a variety of reasons you could be in for a surprise. For instance, the leadership of a ministry could decide to broaden or shrink its ministry activities. Or an organization seeking to improve education in a country may learn that the area needs water wells for basic needs, so its leadership decides to begin a water well drilling program. If you are a donor, you may or may not support that activity.

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