Honor Society Shows Love by Doing the Most Good

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

By now you’ve probably heard us say a thing or two about hit band Honor Society. First and foremost, it’s important to note that the guys behind the…

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Happy National Philanthropy Day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today is National Philanthropy Day and as such, The Salvation Army would like to thank you for all that you do to make our work possible! We couldn’t serve others without our faithful volunteers and generous donors. The love and commitment of our supporters is evidenced every day. 25,000 volunteers give up their valuable time to ring bells at our Christmas kettles at this time each year. Our supporters, not thinking twice about it, drop extra change in the red kettles outside of the grocery store every day throughout the holiday season. We raised $142 million for the poor from red kettle collections last year alone!

We just couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your support and dedication that helps us serve millions in need across the globe.

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Salvation Army Mourns Loss of Long-Time Friend & Board Member

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Salvation Army mourns the untimely passing of Board Member Charles Wyly, a well-known Dallas entrepreneur, philanthropist, and long-time supporter of The Salvation Army. He died in an auto accident in Aspen, Colorado on Sunday, August 7th.

“Charles Wyly’s philanthropic works made a lasting impact on those less fortunate both here in Dallas and across the country. Charles served proudly on The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board in Dallas for 40 years and on the National Advisory Board for almost a decade. His support for the Army and other nonprofits helped provide social services, education, health care and more to so many Americans over his lifetime. He was an inspiration and role model to me personally. His presence will be missed but not forgotten as his spirit continues to influence us all,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, National Advisory Board Chairwoman for The Salvation Army.
Wyly had a servant’s heart. He dedicated his time and financial resources to charitable causes as varied as education, the arts, social services, health care, and human rights. He even rang bells for kettle donations at the Dallas Shopping Mall every Christmas.

He served as a Salvation Army Board Member with dedication for 40 years and was an active Life Member. He was on various committees over the years, and had served as Advisory Board Chairman. Most recently, he was on the Underwriting Committee for the 2011 Annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon, as well as the Performing Arts Committee and the Long-Range Plan Committee. In 2003, Charles was instrumental in securing a monumental grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund of the Communities Foundation of Dallas, to provide three years of funding to support the implementation of a strategic long-range plan for The Salvation Army in Dallas. Wyly was also a member of The Salvation Army’s national advisory board where he had served as Treasurer, and on the Executive Committee, Financial & Institutional Development Committee, and Business Administration Committee.

“Charles Wyly had a passion for business and innovation and a heart for supporting philanthropy and the less fortunate,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Over the years, Charles and his family were dedicated supporters of The Salvation Army, firmly believing in our Mission. Charles gave financially and he gave 40 years of experience and knowledge to The Salvation Army as a trusted friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

Along with his brother and business partner, Sam, he was at the forefront of innovation, progress, and success in areas as diverse as technology, retail, investment management, and energy. After graduating from Louisiana Tech University in 1956, Charles went to work for IBM where he set sales records. He was later a founder of USACafes and, for 23 years, active as a director of this franchisor, which built the Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant chain to over 600 units. He was a founder and served as vice chairman for 16 years of Sterling Software, Inc., an international computer software company, and he served as a director of Sterling Commerce, Inc. Charles was co-founder and past chairman of Michaels Stores, Inc., the nation’s leading arts-and-crafts retail chain operating over 1,000 stores in 48 states and Canada.

Wyly was a faithful Christian and a loyal supporter of the Salvation Army. He will be sincerely missed by all.

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WSJ: How to Raise a Philanthropist

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Wall Street Journal published an article this week about a growing trend among affluent families of teaching their children the importance of giving. Thankfully, “doing good” is not dependant on financial status!

There are always opportunities to pass along to the younger generation the value of helping others. The article suggests practical ideas applicable to any parent, like simply talking about the “good feeling” you get from giving, bringing children with you to volunteer and visit charities, or letting kids educate parents on causes they care about, rather than the other way around.

We believe philanthropy is a vital life lesson that you’re never too young to learn. Here are just a few ways The Salvation Army can help your family put some of these suggestions into practice:

* Have your kids collect their old clothes and toys for giveaway and bring them with you to donate to a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store. Make the experience even more impactful by explaining how their gift will benefit people in need, and use the videos and resources at our website www.satruck.org to show them real life stories.

* Make volunteering a family event, such as serving meals together at a Salvation Army shelter or being bell ringers. Visit your local Salvation Army corps to learn how you can help address your community’s specific needs.

* Empower children to donate financially. Have them fill out the online donation form for you or let them click the “Donate Now” button. Give them some change to put in the Christmas Red Kettle, or help them host their own online Red Kettle. You could even ask them if they’d like to put a percentage of their allowance toward supporting The Salvation Army.

* Find out what they’re passionate about. The Salvation Army serves a vast range of needs that they can get involved with or learn more about on our website. Maybe they have a desire to help other kids or feel strongly about supporting disaster survivors – they could get started right away by sending a child in need to summer camp or donating to our disaster relief efforts.

* Make special occasions about ‘others.’ Start a family tradition to make a donation in your child’s name on their birthday, purchase and give a toy at Christmas time for a child in need through Salvation Army Angel Tree, or serve a meal together at a Salvation Army shelter at Thanksgiving.

* Put your money where your mouth is. Offer to match a donation that your child makes. Set a long-term goal to work towards to give your child a greater sense of accomplishment and help your family work together as a team.

* Gear school and extra-curricular projects towards philanthropic causes. Programs such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts require participants to design and implement service projects. Many children and young adults have worked with The Salvation Army to complete their assignments and benefit their communities in the process.

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