“Trust Gap Persists For Charities.” That’s the headline in the current Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The article goes on to talk about how donors are becoming more wary. We know that some well-known charities have had a range of problems over the past few years, and
it’s made people more cautious when it comes to making decisions about charitable giving.
The good news is that it’s not too hard to put a charity to the test — including ours. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some insights about LSH. It’s a good time to do this, since a lot of folks make their decisions about charitable giving around this time of year.
One of the best tools you have for this is Guidestar, an organization that rates charities according to their level of transparency: how easily you can access all the important data you need to make decisions. I’m proud to say that LSH has achieved Guidestar’s highest level: the Platinum Seal of Transparency.
We’ve been serving the less fortunate in California since the 1960s, and over the past fiscal year we’ve provided nearly half a million dollars’ worth of services to restore vision or hearing — right in your backyard.
But for me, the real affirmation comes straight out of our clients’ mouths. My favorite so far this year? It comes from Tim Seward (top row, left), who was going blind while still in his 20s. “You guys were there when I had nowhere else to go,” he told us.
With your help, we’ll continue to be there for those who need us.