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OPINION

Letter: Invest charitable dollars wisely

TDN

Invest charitable dollars wisely

For decades, charitable foundations have provided support to the poor by funding grass-root agencies designed to service the disadvantaged citizens of our community.

And these foundations have become a beacon of leadership in facilitating start-up programs that aim to help the disadvantaged.

Yet to simply give funds to organizations that service a problem in our community and have no method of accountability relative to prevention of that problem is wrong. Either our charitable foundations do not understand this dilemma or refuse to acknowledge it.

Unless there is a policy to also address primary prevention, then those dollars become nothing more than inadvertent tools that keep the poor in poverty.

Creighton L. Rippy

executive director, Greater Detroit Community Outreach Center