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1 Buck  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 3:25:02pm
maintain attention on George Kony and the crimes he continues to commit.

I think it is Joseph Kony.

The biggest war criminal you never heard of.

2 SpaceJesus  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 4:42:00pm

Just a quick reminder of who in America defends Kony

[Link: blog.foreignpolicy.com...]

3 shutdown  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 4:50:17pm

re: #1 Buck

I think it is Joseph Kony.

The biggest war criminal you never heard of.

Fixed, thanks. Not sure how that happened...

4 shutdown  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 4:51:29pm

re: #2 SpaceJesus

Just a quick reminder of who in America defends Kony

[Link: blog.foreignpolicy.com...]

Rush is a Wingnut talking point bubble machine.

5 calochortus  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 7:15:39pm

The cause is very worthy, but "Invisible Children" may not be the right group to address the problem. Only about 1/3 of the money they raise go to services. Charity Navigator gives them 2 out of a possible 4 stars. More Here

6 krypto  Wed, Mar 7, 2012 10:54:17pm

re: #5 calochortus

The cause is very worthy, but "Invisible Children" may not be the right group to address the problem. Only about 1/3 of the money they raise go to services. Charity Navigator gives them 2 out of a possible 4 stars. More Here

Incorrect! Charity Navigator rates them 3 out of 4 stars. I just checked.

[Link: www.charitynavigator.org...]

Charity Navigator also shows 81% of their money going to program expenditures and only 19% to administration and fundraising. I could not find the "1 out of 3" you refer to.

The organization is run by three filmmakers and has increasing public awareness of the atrocities as one of its main functions. Kony and the LRA were hardly known to anyone in the US when they started. It does not seem at all inappropriate if in fact a large part of its funds were in fact spent on producing films rather than only providing services to victims.

7 calochortus  Thu, Mar 8, 2012 8:17:29am

I stand corrected-the information I referenced my be somewhat out of date. I tend to be somewhat skeptical of charities because there are so many-even well intentioned ones out there that are not well run.
I was also unaware of how little know the LRA is. (Irony alert!) It has been on the news here and there for years, and so disgusting that I would have thought people would have noticed.

8 krypto  Thu, Mar 8, 2012 8:38:02pm

re: #7 calochortus

Just to fill in some further information, Piers Morgan this evening interviewed two of the founders of Invisible Children and, as an incidental part of the interview, asked them about the criticism. Their explanation was basically that they are not in the same mold as more conventional charities - that a central part of their goal is to increase worldwide awareness in order to get the problem solved, so that a third of their budget goes into making their movies for that purpose (which does cost cash), a third for promoting awareness in other ways (e.g, distributing posters, tee shirts, other things like that), and about a third in direct aid. The comment they made was that if you want to give a hungry villager a cow or provide food aid or something like that, which is a very good thing to do, you should give to a different and more traditional charity organization. Their role includes a lot of effort of a different sort. Their data on how they use their money is reportedly on their website.


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