The idea of joint fund drives for funding charities has been around for 120 years, but in 1913 the current structure of wealthy elites assuming responsibility for endorsing the agencies seeking funds was inaugurated by the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. This scheme was intended to make it more convenient for businessmen to make a single charitable donation and not be bothered by multiple requests for donations to every do-gooder group that came asking, while also getting to decide which charities were worthy of their support and which would take the hindmost.
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In the future, I won’t give less, but I will be sending my checks to the individual charities of my own informed choice, not those that get the seal of approval from the “leaders” of "Northwest Arkansas." I hope others will consider that option as well.