Your Time is a Real Treasure

Your Time is a Real Treasure

or Volunteering 101

by Sandra Crosnoe

It has come to my attention that there are some people and organizations trying to abuse the grassroots (i.e. middle America, the silent majority, the real people).  They are doing it in some very manipulative ways and I want to be sure that you are properly informed and warned.  We need to vet the organizations that are seeking to solicit our help.  Now as you read this you are going to think you know the organizations and the people I am referring to.  And you very well may.  But I assure you the guidelines that I am going to spell out for you make sense even if you think you know the people and know them well.  Trust is an interesting commodity.  Once lost it is difficult to regain.  So proceed with caution.  You are about to have your eyes opened wide and may well learn to vet before you trust and even then proceed with caution!

Salt and Light

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:13-16)

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You are called to be salt and light.  You are a light upon a hill.  You are a treasure in the kingdom of the Lord.  You are called with purpose.   You know this is true!  It resonates within your being.  How could it not be so?   Thus, you have a purpose and a calling and anything that takes you away from your purpose to do what someone else wants you to do – no matter how right it seems, should be evaluated in the light of your own calling.  It really needs to be a constant question of whether it is indeed something that you are called by the one who made you to go and do.

A Double Minded Man is Unstable

What does that have to do with the matter at hand?  Well this, there are lots of people and groups trying to get you to do something for them.  Does what they want have anything at all to do with your purpose and calling?  If so then proceed.  If not stop right there and learn to say NO!  Say it nicely or not now or let me think about it, but go no further until your purpose lines up with theirs!

If your calling is in one direction and you are giving your time to a group or person walking in another direction, then you are actually working against yourself and your calling to please a group or a man in conflict with your own purpose.

Do you see the instability here?  You become a person at war with your own self by virtue of bringing your time and talents under someone else’s agenda.  What if you don’t know they have a different direction and agenda than your purpose and calling?  Doesn’t make any difference in the result – only in your awareness of the result and the abuse.  They say ignorance is bliss, but I don’t find much bliss in being used and/or abused and I rather suspect that you don’t either.

Vetting Process

Thus it makes sense to spend some time investigating the people that you are connecting with and pondering giving time and money to help.  I wish this were easy and that I could make it easy for you, but it is a bit of a dance through life and you will find that no matter how good you think you are at the process, you still have something to learn.  I will say that there is some gifting of discernment and some are more gifted than others about these matters.  So if you are not so gifted, find a friend who is and prayerfully ponder how you proceed.  Here are some very concrete practical ideas, but they should be surrounded with prayer and the wise counsel that you are privy too:

1)    Know the history of the person or group.
2)    Know who is on the inner circle or advisory team for the group.
3)    Know who is on the board of directors.
4)    Know how the group is chartered (501c3, 501c4, 527, Nonprofit, Corporation, Business, Association)
5)    Know the written policy about money, lists, and information flow.  Find out if reports are filed routinely and properly if donations are collected and find out what percentage of costs are used to raise money.
6)    Find out if information flow is two-way and if you have appropriate and timely access to leadership.
7)    Find out if the goals of the group both stated and when put into action line up.
8)    Find out what people/group(s) have been endorsed or supported in the past and/or whom/what groups have been given money, assistance and list access.
9)    Find out what authority the leadership is under and if you agree with both the jurisdiction and the calling of the group. (Note: one must be under authority in order to have authority)
10)   Is the group top down or bottom up? If it is bottom up name local leaders in your area.
11)   Website(s)
12)  Contact information (national/state/local in your area)

Be a Fruit Inspector

 

Many people will tell you not to judge people.  Well I just say that I am a fruit inspector.  By their fruits you shall know them.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (Matthew 7:15-18).

Words are cheap unless backed up by actions and repetitively as well!  You will find that good fruit is properly connected to the vine and planted in good soil and living quiet and respectable lives too.  Does the person asking for your help in politics have his or her own household in good order?  This is not rocket science, this is really practical biblical wise counsel!

A good friend of mine Shelli Dawdy (@stubborn_facts) recently wrote an article about Ducks that comes to mind here.  If it waddles, has a bill, and quacks, guess what, it’s a duck!  So determine who you are dealing with and make wise decisions up front in the relationship.

Be instant in season  (or why put off until tomorrow what you can do today!)

 

On the other hand, we have much work to be done to take back our country and minister to the needs of a hurting community, so don’t procrastinate!  Be instant in season and don’t put off what you can do today.  What if tomorrow never comes!  I have a little post about things that everyone can do – so if you don’t know what needs to be done, take a look at this for some ideas—–> Easy Volunteer Ideas for Everyone

Top Down vs Bottom Up

The pyramid has been inverted in our system for way too long.  The grassroots are beginning to wake up and understand that the pyramid balanced on the point is upside down and top heavy and will topple over.  Our system of a constitutional republic was structured to reserve rights (freedom and liberty) to the people with very limited government (both federal and state).

Let’s be sure that our organizations and relationships work the same way.  You simply can’t build a house from the top down.  You must lay a firm foundation.

. . . . so let the Silent Majority Speak UP

Let the people control the groups and decide who their leaders are.  Let the cream rise to the top.  The media and the power people will not move aside willingly, but they will become irrelevant as soon as you look behind the curtain and discover how few of them there are and how many of you there are.

And now for a practical exercise:  If you volunteer with an organization and you would be willing to tell us the answers to Items 1-12 above, we will publish a chart with your answers.  If you want additional items added, let me know that too.  Happy Vetting!  Comments and findings welcomed below!

For Life and Liberty,
Sandie Crosnoe
@scrosnoe on twitter

Sandra Crosnoe - Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Originally published July 13, 2009

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  4. Sandra Crosnoe Says:

    Received via email and posting here for reference for all – thanks David – we’ll look forward to working with you on matters! Thanks for being the first *** two groups *** to answer questions and go on record. Very refreshing indeed!
    =================================
    Dear Sandie,

    Thank you for your further note and kind offer of assistance.

    Here are answers to the questions re the C.S. Lewis Society of Calif.:

    1) Know the history of the person or group.

    The C.S. Lewis Society of Calif. was started by me in 2007
    Here is my own bio:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=531

    2) Know who is on the inner circle or advisory team for the group.

    Please see the following re officers:
    http://lewissociety.org/aboutus.php#4

    Please see the following re Board of Advisors:
    http://lewissociety.org/aboutus.php#4

    3) Know who is on the board of directors.

    Please see the following:
    http://lewissociety.org/aboutus.php#3

    4) Know how the group is chartered (501c3, 501c4, 527, Nonprofit, Corporation, Business, Association)

    501c3 non-profit foundation

    5) Know the written policy about money, lists, and information flow. Find out if reports are filed routinely and properly if donations are collected and find out what percentage of costs are used to raise money.

    We file a Form 990 each year, and no officer takes a salary as work is done voluntarily with only paid secretarial, mailing, etc., assistance as needed.

    6) Find out if information flow is two-way and if you have appropriate and timely access to leadership.

    We maintain an active and prompt communication with any inquiries, etc.

    7) Find out if the goals of the group both stated and when put into action line up.

    Our goals are set forth here and we operate our newsletter, events, video sponsorship, web site, and other services based on our mission.
    http://lewissociety.org/aboutus.php#1

    8) Find out what people/group(s) have been endorsed or supported in the past and/or whom/what groups have been given money, assistance and list access.

    We receive support from individual members and foundations.

    We have not make our mailing list available.

    We have co-sponsored programs with the following:

    Socrates in San Francisco
    Stand for Truth Ministries
    Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    First Covenant Church of Oakland
    Grace Cathedral of San Francisco
    Graduate Theological Union

    9) Find out what authority the leadership is under and if you agree with both the jurisdiction and the calling of the group. (Note: one must be under authority in order to have authority)

    The structure and authority of the organization is as set forth here:
    http://lewissociety.org/aboutus.php

    10) Is the group top down or bottom up? If it is bottom up name local leaders in your area.

    The organization is top-down administratively but we encourage others to start programs in their own areas which we are delighted to help promote. We also promote projects by other organizations that are germane.

    11) Website(s)

    http://lewissociety.org/
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12673924658&ref=ts

    12) Contact information (national/state/local in your area)

    http://lewissociety.org/contact.php

    Here are answers to the questions re The Independent Institute:

    1) Know the history of the person or group.

    The Independent Institute was started by me in 1986
    Here again is my own bio:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=531

    Here are awards we have received:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/awards.asp

    Here are comments on the Institute:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/saying.asp

    2) Know who is on the inner circle or advisory team for the group.

    Please see the following re staff:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/staff.asp

    Please see the following re Board of Advisors:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/advisors.asp

    3) Know who is on the board of directors.

    Please see the following:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/directors.asp

    4) Know how the group is chartered (501c3, 501c4, 527, Nonprofit, Corporation, Business, Association)

    501c3 non-profit foundation

    5) Know the written policy about money, lists, and information flow. Find out if reports are filed routinely and properly if donations are collected and find out what percentage of costs are used to raise money.

    We file a Form 990 each year, and neither the president nor senior vice president take a salary. The percentage of the Institute’s budget that goes to fund-raising is 6.5%

    6) Find out if information flow is two-way and if you have appropriate and timely access to leadership.

    We maintain an active and prompt communication with any inquiries, etc. We also have blog with comments:
    http://www.independent.org/blog/

    7) Find out if the goals of the group both stated and when put into action line up.

    Our goals are set forth here and we operate our newsletter, events, video sponsorship, web site, and other services based on our mission.
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/

    http://www.independent.org/research/

    8) Find out what people/group(s) have been endorsed or supported in the past and/or whom/what groups have been given money, assistance and list access.

    We have many fellows who have received support for their work for the Institute:
    http://www.independent.org/aboutus/research-fellows.asp

    Please advise me with any questions and let me know how to proceed further.

    Thank you again!

    Best regards,

    David

    On 9/1/09 7:31 AM, “Sandra Crosnoe” wrote:

    Dear David,

    I do so love the C.S Lewis Society you have created and all things Lewis! Would love to see the play!

    I am simply swamped at present, but will share and promote as time permits, think I already shared the link once, but I rarely significantly promote groups that I am not an admin on and working with on matters.

    I am not familiar with The Independent Institute, but it also looks like a great group at a glance. Would you be willing to answer the questions in ‘Your Time is a Real Treasure’ article for me and I will post the answers on my personal blog and R3publican and also ask some others about promoting the group within END the FED once I can provide them that information. Here’s the link to the article https://scrosnoe.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/your-time-is-a-real-treasure/ for the questions we are interested in having answered about groups we promote.

    I hope we can be friends and explore ways to encourage one another. I even pondered if we could get the play somehow at our little Bartlesville Community Center! I think you might be interested in our Midwest Liberty Fest Event coming up in October in Illinois also http://midwestlibertyfest.com — It is going to be really good!

    Blessings,
    Sandie

    Links and Info for Sandra Crosnoe (updated):
    sandiec99@hotmail.com
    918.440.6876 cell
    Realpeople Restoring the Republic (#R3s)
    http://www.r3publican.wordpress.com
    Finding Gems & Sharing Them
    http://www.scrosnoe.wordpress.com
    SC on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/scrosnoe
    Constitutional Liberty Coalition
    http://clibertyc.com

    On 8/30/09 11:22 PM, “David Theroux” wrote:

    Dear Sandie,

    As you may recall, we share a common interest in Christianity and constitutional and free-market ideas and public policy.

    Could I interest you as a Facebook Admin for END the FED in please sending out a note to your Members suggesting that they become Fans of the following?

    The Independent Institute’s Facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/independentinstitute?ref=ts

    In addition, would you be so kind to send out a note to your personal Facebook friends suggesting that they become Fans of the following

    C.S. Lewis Society of California’s new Facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12673924658&ref=ts

    We would be very grateful for your assistance.

    Thank you very much!

    Best regards,

    David


    David J. Theroux
    Founder and President
    The Independent Institute
    100 Swan Way
    Oakland, CA 94621
    (510) 632-1366 Phone
    (510) 568-6040 Fax
    DTheroux@independent.org
    http://www.independent.org

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