In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it’s clear that the course wasn’t free–that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.
Well, this is pretty incredible. Wonder how much Trump is going to donate? I mean actually donate, not made up donations.
The biggest recipient was the Fisher House Foundation, which supports families of veterans and received $392,000 from the former commander in chief from 2009 to 2015. That money appears to have come from sales of Obama’s children’s book Of Thee I Sing. Just before entering the White House, Obama finished a manuscript for the book, which he published with Random House. Obama pledged to donate all of his post-tax proceeds from the book to the Fisher House Foundation to support a scholarship fund for children of wounded and fallen soldiers.
Jokes aside, I think donating to charity should be an important part of everyone’s life if they can afford to do so. $5 counts. If you can’t donate money, donate time.
Some of my favorite places to donate to:
- DonorsChoose – Help teachers in communities that need it. You can help them buy classroom supplies or fund special projects for their students.
- Watsi – Help fund healthcare for individuals around the world.
You can use VolunteerMatch to find opportunities to volunteer your time if you can’t donate money.