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  1. I have chaired the board of two of the largest urban nonprofits in the country. I've also created and helped run privatee foundations like Tua's. I've also earned with financial advisors like Tua's. I've also created and operated a public charity. I know I don't need to look up data about Tua's foundation to give it $17. I gave a Boy Scout $5 this morning. I hope $1.25 isn't going to administration, but I don't really know. Maybe his scout master is going to spend it on booze.
  2. Both of those organizations have administrative costs that must be met somehow. My 25% ti both helps them cover their fundraising and admin costs. Remarkable how much you guys will argue to try to convince people not to do good. Good night boys. Knock yourselves out
  3. Chartiy Navigator says the typical charity spends 75% on program/grant making. 15% on admin and 10% on fundraising. So that means most, probably the great majority of charities, are 60% or better. Maybe Tua will take all my money and give his oline a vacation in Hawaii, but the odds are much better that my $17 is going to a good cause. If I'm writing a $100,000 check, sure, I'll do some research. For $100, I'll trust people.
  4. I don't deny that it happens. But there is a lot of oversight, including federal tax laws, and a lot of people watching most charities. That all tends to keep the abuses relatively low. That includes the watchdog agencies that publish lots of data. And what I said about administrative costs still holds. Someone earning $200,000 a year as CFO or CEO of a foundation with $200,000,000 in assets earns every nickel, but to some critics it looks like a lot. And, indirectly, those services are provided for the benefit of people in need. If you take all of the charitable dollars given in the country and compare it to total administrative cost, the amount spend on administration on average is not inappropriate.
  5. Actually, FilthyBeast said this somewhere, and it's a simple rendition of why Sunday is a big game. Tough, tough challenge. The challenge for McDermott is to get everyone on the same page, playing their best football. Hard to concentrate on that with the nature of the Miami loss, the Ravens' toughness, the injuries. But that's kind of what's interesting about this video. These guys seem to be just enjoying their time together, doing their work and working at being their best. It's who they are. This seems like a team that always will recover, always will rise up to fight, regardless of the outcome. Don't want to be 2-2, although as he says, with this schedule it always was a possibility. My personal objective for the team, not my idea, is win every quarter - that is go at least 3-1 on every quarter of the schedule. Bills will be delight where they sit if they can beat the Ravens.
  6. Is there much of anything that McDermott and Beane miss? I mean, their emphasis on veteran leadership, their emphasis on locker-room leaders, when they first showed up, it was a little hard to swallow. We fans had just spent 20 years just wishing the Bills had enough talent, and these guys come in and say the culture is essential. Really. But as we began to watch them build that culture, it started to become clear that they weren't saying it because it played well in sound bites. They were saying it because they understood that culture was the true foundation of everything the team would be built on. They knew what they were getting in Micah and Poyer, they knew what they were getting in Josh. They knew what they getting in Diggs and Miller. And they knew why they were keeping McKenzie, investing in him, developing him. These guys get it.
  7. Oh, my. The point of doing charity is NOT to get something in return. That's business, not charity. Charity is the not selfish, at least not in the usual way. It's the notion that everyone should give to help others without expecting anything in return. Charity is selfish in a different way - if we all are in the habit of helping others, then someone, somewhere will be there to help you when the time comes.
  8. I'm not going to look into. I'll trust the guy with my $17. He'll do what he thinks best with the money or as occurs sometimes, he'll misuse it. As I said, I'll trust him. Trust makes the world work.
  9. Charities have employees who do the work of the charity. They get paid a salary and benefits. Do you expect all those people to work for free? From my experience, most people who work for charities like these are women, with children. They're working 40-hours a week. Do you think they should just work for free? Of course there's administrative overhead. Do some charities overdo it and run essentially for their own benefit? Yes, but not very many these days, because there's a lot of disclosure now about how they run and where the money goes. The charities that are essentially stealing get exposed, and often people get prosecuted. Charitable organizations help people who need help, and not the people who work for them. You need a better excuse not to give to charities than "administrative overhead."
  10. I hear you. And I agree about the performative stunt aspect of this. The way I see it, though, is that anyone who has a major medical problem can use a kind word or other indication of support from anyone, including strangers. Tua had that kind word for Josh, so I figure I can return the favor by sending him a message. If five Bills fans send $17, fine. I'm one of the five. If 5,000 Bills fans send $17, well, then not only does Tua feel the support of a lot of strangers who care about what's happened to him, but people around the country get to see Bills fans and Buffalo at their best. And some charity, whatever it works for, gets the benefit. Works for me.
  11. $17? I'm in. That scene of Tua and Josh was amazing. Tua was there for Josh. We can be there for Tua. Doesn't matter what color his uniform is.
  12. Never been concussed, so far as I know. And that's another part of this - concussions that do brain damage sometimes are mild enough that they don't generate the symptoms people are talking about here - headache, dizziness, loss of memory, etc. Apparently concussion damage is cumulative, and if you're concussed and have no symptoms, you've still added to your long-term damage. And so, you have guys who even today can still talk their way back into the game, because they don't have apparent symptoms. I think that's what happened with Tua. I think the testing they did on him in the Bills game wasn't thorough enough to determine that he had in fact been concussed, so they let him go back into the game. It seems to me that any doctor who looked at the replay of his head injury and how he walked when he got up should have said, "You're done for the day." Over 20 years ago, sliding in on a close play at the plate in a high school game, my son got smacked in the head on a swipe tag by the catcher. (This was before the concussion issue had become serious in the NFL.) He lay at the plate for a few seconds, stunned. The coach came out. I was thinking, "get up and shake it off." Coach kept him on the ground for a few minutes, then took him out of the game. He told us to go to the doctor after the game. My son had a headache and didn't feel well that night. Doctor wouldn't let him play until he had been symptom free for a week. Symptoms lasted a week, and as a result he missed the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Still, I was really grateful that they were that proactive about it. There simply is no question about the long-term impacts of this stuff, maybe not for every player, but for too many. It's one thing if their fingers are mangled or their knees are failing them. It's another thing altogether when at age 50, guys' ability to think clearly is fading, memory is shot, etc. The NFL won't like it, but their protocol should be fail-safe. That is, if there's any question at all, the injured guy should not be allowed back in the game. There haven't been many cases recently like Tua's, because the protocol seems to be working pretty well. There's very little question this time, however, that either the protocol failed or someone cheated. Is it possible that Tua's problem last Sunday was not a concussion? Sure, it's possible. But given what happened Thursday night, there just seems to be no reason to have allowed him to play just because Sunday MIGHT not have been a concussion.
  13. The loss. I find I'm developing a players mentality. Nothing matters except winning. Play the game. Then move on. I hope they're recovering fro. The heat and have some good practices.
  14. Thank you both for responding. I didn't know all that. I'd say, however, that this explanation points out exactly why no one has oline depth. Feliciano on the bench in Buffalo would have been perfect. He can't play center and guard at the same time, but the Bills would have been in position to plug one of the holes they currently have. Feliciano isn't a star, but he knows he can start in the league, so why would he stay somewhere to be a backup? I just keep coming back to the point that Gunner and others have been made - Bills haven't invested in the oline, and that's looking like it's a problem. And one of the touchdowns was a gift after the strip sack at the seven. And, by the way, after the offense failed from the two late in the game, the defense forced a three and out, kept the Dolphins pinned on the goal line, and got a safety. All the Bills needed from their offense was a field goal, and they couldn't do that, either. No way at all that the loss was on the defense.
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