Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Follow the Presidents.

The leaders of the United States often do their best work after they leave the Presidency. Certainly, their name recognition and contacts put them in a perfect position to do and advocate for good works. Check out these examples:

* The Carter Center "is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering." Their peace programs and health programs are active in more than 65 countries. The Carter Center is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

* The Clinton Presidential Center - "The mission of the William J. Clinton Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. To advance this mission, the Clinton Foundation has developed programs and partnerships in the following areas: health security, economic empowerment, leadership and citizen service, race, ethnic, and religious reconciliation." The Clinton Center is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

* People to People International - "The purpose of People to People International is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. It will cooperate with any and all other organizations which are of similar nature and purpose." PTPI has a presence in 135 countries with programs in the following areas: Humanitarian and Educational Initiatives; Adult Exchange Program; Missions in Understanding; the International Visitors Program; the Student Ambassador Program; and the Sports Ambassador Program. PTPI was founded by Dwight Eisenhower and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Consider how you can support these worthy organizations with your time, talents, money, or other resources, and walk in the path of the Presidents.

"According to Gandhi, the seven sins are wealth without works, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Well, Hubert Humphrey may have sinned in the eyes of God, as we all do, but according to those definitions of Gandhi’s, it was Hubert Humphrey without sin." - President Jimmy Carter, eulogy at funeral services for former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, January 16, 1978.