Thursday, October 16, 2008

Upcoming Presidential Elections

This blog is nonpartisan. With that being said, the elections are only a few weeks away and it is extremely important that everyone votes. Not only is it important that everyone votes, it is important that people understand the candidate's positions on important issues. I thought I would highlight a few things about the two Presidential candidates related to nonprofits from the recent edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Senator John McCain

  • Contributed $105,467 to charity (26 percent of his income) in 2007
  • To balance the federal budget would consider a spending freeze on everything except entitlement programs (social security) and defense
  • A Cool/Unique Idea: Would hold volunteerism summits so people could share information about effective programs and get more students participating in community service.

Senator Barack Obama

  • Contributed $240,370 to charity (5 percent of his income) in 2007
  • To balance the federal budget would continue to prioritize affordable college tuition, early-childhood education, energy independence, fixing the health-care system, rebuilding infrastructure and science education
  • A Cool/Unique Idea: Would create American Opportunity Tax Credit worth $4,000 in exchange for 100 hours of public service.

To read more about either candidate you can visit their websites (click on their names above), or if you subscribe to the Chronicle, you can read the full article here.

1 comments:

Karen ~ said...

It is interesting to note that McCain's numbers are representative of his personal income, not including his wife's, and the Obama numbers are joint husband and wife.

Thanks for the link.