Conservatives More Charitable than Liberal Scrooges

While liberals often want to take other people’s money and spend it the way they think is proper, liberals are, on the whole, hypocritically far less generous with their money than conservatives that they demonize are. Countless studies point this out, yet the false notion and stereotype that conservatives are harsh and do not care about others stubbornly persists, most likely because such false memes are propagated and perpetuated by the liberal members of the mainstream media.

During this holiday season, it is worth remembering some classic examples of liberals not putting their money where there mouths are. For instance, reporters discovered that Vice President Joe Biden donated an average of $369 a year to charity. In 1997, reporters unearthed that then-Vice President Al Gore only donated $353 to charity the previous year.

And how can anyone forget that former President Bill Clinton once, in a very tacky way on his 1986 return, “cheaply deducted $6 for three pairs of underwear and $75 for a suit with ripped pants given to the Salvation Army.” We can only hope these articles of clothing were never worn.  These examples of liberals being miserly perfectly symbolize the class of elite liberals who want to fund every pet cause with everyone else’s money but their own.

Arthur Brooks could not have written it better recently in the The Wall Street Journal: “Contrary to the liberal stereotype of the hard-hearted right-winger, opposition to income-leveling is not evidence that one does not care about others. Quite the contrary. The millions of Americans who believe in limited government give disproportionately to others. This is in addition to—not instead of—their defense of our free-enterprise system, which gives the most people the most opportunities to earn their own success.”

As 2010 comes to an end — and with it the last opportunity to donate for the year — here are 11 charities that do phenomenal work that conservatives can donate to because they want to, not because they are forced or compelled to do so.

1. D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK)

DCCK is a fantastic and innovative organization that both provides a service and trains and empowers people to get full time, skilled culinary jobs at restaurants and hotels throughout the D.C region. According to their website, DCCK  provides “breakfast, outreach and counseling services to chronically homeless people living on the streets” by turning “leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinary job training to once homeless and hungry adults.”  Learn more here.

2. Bishop John T. Walker School For Boys

This new Episcopal School in the Washington, D.C. area works in “close partnership with students and families” to provide a “a faith-based, academically rigorous, family-oriented, and financially accessible Episcopal education to boys from low-income families in chronically underserved areas.” Unlike other schools, students attend tuition free, and that is why donations to this institution will go a longer way than those to other similar institutions.

The idea for the school came about in 2005 when the “Episcopal Diocese of Washington made a commitment to honor the memory of the Rt. Rev. John Thomas Walker, and to address the critical academic and social needs of young boys in the Nation’s Capital by establishing a boys’ school.” The school recently broke ground, and has the potential to be a transformational institution.

Their stellar board members ensure every donation gets maximized for the benefit of the students. Learn more here.

3. Polaris Project

Senior Editor Emily Miller has discussed the horrors of modern day sex trafficking. Miller, in past editions of HUMAN EVENTS, has also questioned Democrats who have taken donations from Craigslist, which enables pimps to traffic underage girls.

Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and engages in a “comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery.” The organization was named for and guided by the North Star “that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad.” Polaris Project does great work, and donations to them are put to good use.  Learn more here.

4. Arlington Free Clinic

Arlington Free Clinic, in Northern Virginia, is one of the best clinics around. They do comprehensive and fantastic work and serve as a model for other clinics.  Learn more here.

5. Fisher House

When members of the military have to get medical care, Fisher House provides homes that  family members can stay at free of charge while their loved ones are hospitalized and getting care. This is a tremendous organization, and many organizations, such as the Washington Capitals hockey team, work with them to support the families of those who sacrifice to ensure that we are able to enjoy our freedoms. Learn more here.

6.  Wounded Warrior Project

This organization simply does wondrous work on behalf of wounded veterans. Learn more here.

7. Catholic Charities USA

Whether it’s helping people who are the victims of disasters or those in need in impoverished communities, this charity has been lauded for its work and for the results they have delivered.  Learn more here.

8. National Right To Life

This non-profit organization fights and advocates for the most vulnerable in society — the unborn.

According to National Right to Life Executive Director David N. O’Steen, “the sacrificial contributions of our membership are also used to support our lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and in the state legislatures through legal research, bill drafting, and expert testimony.  These gifts also enable us to reach out to our network of pro-life households with action alerts and up-to-the minute legislative updates from Washington.”

“Our budget is dwarfed by those of our pro-abortion opponents, so we strive to see that the generous support of pro-life individuals is used in the most effective and efficient ways possible – which is why it’s been noted that National Right to Life can achieve far more with less money than any other group in Washington.”  Learn more here.

9. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospitals

St. Jude’s does not deny treatment to children because they cannot pay for it and their “vision is intends to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children.” St. Jude’s has a mission of seeking “to cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to us for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent catastrophic diseases in children.” They do tremendous work.  Learn more here.

10. National Jewish Hospitals

A renowned and innovative leader in respiratory care, this hospital literally makes it easier for people to breathe a bit easier. Learn more here.

11. Salvation Army

While some may mistakenly think of the Salvation Army as a rather generic charity, they do many things that often go unnoticed. For instance, they operate The Great Patrol Homeless Outreach Program that “brings an evening meal, fellowship, and the opportunity for professional help to the homeless on the streets of Washington, DC. The program operates 365 nights a year and serves more than 3,000 homeless each month.” Learn more here.