When I was little, there was a commercial that for some strange reason I had managed to memorize. I can still recite the entire thirty seconds of dialog today.
(In case you didn’t press play, the video is about a kid who buys a walkman and then sees it for a lower price in the paper. His dad makes him go back to the store to make it right. Side note: Imagine my surprise years later when I ended up in the same class in college with the child actor from the commercial.)
That commercial aired in the early 80s and has nothing to do with diabetes, but just like diabetes a lot has changed since the commercial first aired. We aren’t really buying portable devices to play our cassette tapes anymore and we certainly aren’t buying them from Circuit City.
I didn’t have diabetes in the 80s, but I have seen a lot of changes in the world of diabetes in just the past decade. One significant change is the number of nonprofit organizations advocating for various causes on behalf of people with diabetes. There are organizations dedicated to education, organizations dedicated providing social and emotional support, organizations dedicated to finding a biological cure for diabetes, organizations that are dedicated to supporting artificial pancreas projects, organizations dedicated to preventing new diabetes diagnoses, and organizations that fund a combination of all those things.
An article recently popped up online that included information about the percentage of money that certain diabetes nonprofit organizations were spending towards research for a cure. The number stated did not seem accurate compared to other data that I’ve seen published. And it wasn’t accurate – or it was accurate but only based on odd definitions of the data by the organization behind the article.
I don’t have an unlimited supply of money, so I have to decide which organizations I am going to support and where my money is going to go. Nonprofits are required to provide information about budgets, spending, salaries, and other information I would like to know before committing my money. The easiest tools I use to find out more information about nonprofit organizations are Guidestar, The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator.
It’s important to me to know what my money is funding and whether or not a story is true before sharing the link. I don’t want to be the Circuit City kid. It won’t be quite as easy for me to get the balance back.