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Non-profits and street solicitations

It’s a tough call: putting the brakes on local non-profits’ fund-raising activities in the name of public safety. If you’ve ever been stopped at a busy Wichita intersection you’ve seen them … folks on the curb, ready to run up to your car and collect a little change for a good cause. Many drivers dig into their pockets and purses and reach out to help.
Deputy Police Chief Terri Moses told the Wichita City Council less than one percent of the non-profits in Sedgwick County raise money through street solicitation. W-P-D thinks the practice should be banned.
But the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Angela Kessler says firefighters offering boots to fill with money is a big part of M-D-A’s fund-raising in Sedgwick County.
I like to donate the old-fashioned way … with a check in the mail. I agree that street corner solicitations are dangerous and they slow down traffic. Are there other ways non-profits can bring in money?
The City Council will vote on the issue February 15th.
Our thought for today is from Sir Francis Bacon:
 “In charity there is no excess.”

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People : Angela KesslerFrancis BaconTerri Moses

12/17/2010 3:56AM
Non-profits and street solicitations
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