Statement of Daniel Borochoff President, American Institute of Philanthropy, Chicago, Illinois Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on Veterans Charities December 13, 2007 The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) and Charitywatch.org is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information resource dedicated to helping its members and the general public make wise giving decisions. Since 1993 we have been America’s toughest and most independent watchdog of the accountability, finances, governance and promotional practices of charities. Rather than merely repeating a charity’s self-reported finances, AIP conducts an…

Tis the season to give, but be sure to check out the rating of the charity before giving through organizations like Charity Navigator or Charity Watch. While a large majority of veterans charities are stellar, some of the worst-performing charities happen to be in the veteran category. Please read this article for more information: Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on Veterans Charities, December 13, 2007 Veteran’s Charity Hall of Shame Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes National Veterans Services Fund, Inc. National Vietnam Veterans Foundation Blinded Veterans…

Sorry! This is a Flash movie and it does not play on Apple devices, like iPads and iPhones. A spontaneous truce resulted. Soldiers left their trenches, meeting in the middle to shake hands. The first order of business was to bury the dead who had been previously unreachable because of the conflict. Then, they exchanged gifts. Chocolate cake, cognac, postcards, newspapers, tobacco. In a few places, along the trenches, soldiers exchanged rifles for soccer balls and began to play games.

View Video of the Christmas Truce As the story goes, in the winter of 1914 during World War I, on the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever. All of a sudden, German troops began to put small Christmas trees, lit with candles, outside of their trenches. Then,…

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