Wow! is that a year? Then i should have gone to byu free instead of paying my way thru a Canadian University. Not that i want a degree from the Y. I know mormons get a discount- they SHOULD get to go free!
Yea, I would have to take care of myself first also. Having been fleeced by the Mormon church ($185,000) I need to have a real retirement fund. Probably need $3 million for that.
I have kids. They need educations and houses and cars. But that's it. Need about $5 million for that.
OK, so that is $8 million. I would give another 2 million to family to help them.
$90 million left. I would give it to people in my community who are struggling. Each day I would set a goal to give away a million. Someone who had big medical debts. A kid who was struggling to pay for college. A family whose parents were out of work. A waitress who is single with a couple of kids. Someone who is losing their home. A school that needed computers. A good teacher who was going to leave teaching because it didn't pay enough. A middle aged man or woman who wanted to go back to college to change careers because they got laid off. Some migrant workers whose car broke down.
It could be alot of fun and very rewarding. It would be anonamous.
Very few of the kids I knew had a chance to go to BYU, only those from elite families would go. I live far from SLC and the way I see is: why should members have to support a US university when the resources could be invested in the communties where the members are paying tithing.
Another reason I find it outrageous that so much money goes to BYU is because the kids of GA get a free tution, while those YM in poor countries got nothing.
The PEF was started, but the YM there get to borrow the money and then pay it back with interest. I have no problem with these YM paying the money back, I have a problem with them being charged interests when the original funds were donations from members.
I find it that many who have been mormons for generations and enjoy some of the benefits of the investments in SLC are used to seeing where tithing money goes. Converts like me have no idea. When I first visited SLC it didn't feel right, it just didn't.
Yep, when I eventually found out about the church I came across something of the sort, and I started to feel angry that while my mom was supporting children in the mission field and in school, they still wanted her 10% (and she never liked to go to the temple).
The first thing I would do is get all of my nieces, nephews, future grandchildren, and anyone else in my family that wanted it, Education! No church schools would be about the only stipulation. All of their needs would be covered while in school. They wouldn't get any actual cash. I wouldn't want them giving any of it to the church.
I would take care of myself first: a nice house with a large yard, college and wedding funds for future children... I'd do my research and figure out the best way to invest the rest of it, and I'd donate whatever I earned on it every year to 3 - 5 good charities that would spend it well. At the end of my life, I'd split whatever was left between my children and those charities.
I'd probably take some out here and there to cover medical expenses for my aging parents if needed, and I'd likely blow some of it on a nice vacation and a custom mermaid tail that I could actually use to swim in the water with.
Of course, this plan accounts for me having a job with my own income (or someone with their own income supporting me). I wouldn't be one of those millionaires who never works another day in their life...I'd be too paranoid about it all disappearing with nothing to fall back on.
World Vision - Misc donations There is this charity that helps people who want to adopt come up with the adoption fees. Adopt a Native Elder (works with the Navajo) Scholarships for Lakota - donate to the community college there at the reservation. Whatever charities are out there to help people with sick children pay their medical bills.
$100 Million Dollars!!...WOW and how would I use it....hmmmm...lets see. I'd make sure mt family were taken care of, of course. Then I would set up a trust so that money could be given to the Canadian Food Grains Bank (a charitable program that farmers donate the use of land, seed, machinery and labor to every year) in perpetuity. I would find out what our local hospital needs in the way of new or replacement equipment. I would also set up trusts to help local homeless and food bank programs.....and I would give the square root of SFA to the LDS Church.
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I need more than that; I've always wanted to create the finest high school possible (plant, faculty, curriculum) and plunk it down in the middle of Harlem. I'd like to give those kids better than they have now.
On a major scale, I would donate funds to my local hospital, which makes great use of the money. I would also fund my local library and the SPCA. I would be interested in initiatives that provide clean water, roads, schools, clinics, food, and micro loans for businesses for the people in Africa. I would fund medical research.
On a personal scale, I would fund programs for athletes in the minor Olympic sports that have traditionally had troubles finding sponsors. There are a lot of great young people who are pursuing healthy lifestyles and sharing that with the kids in their communities.
I would help many exmos on this board who feel trapped in their current circumstances. Young ones just starting out, denied college assistance. Older ones discovering the truth and finding their "support system" family members actually hampering progress. Everyone in between who needs to move and make a clean break in order to get free from the morg.
Housing assistance, job training or education, relocation expenses. It's tough to make a break on your own. I did, but I realize not everyone is willing to give up the things I gave up. :) Flame on, you know who you are, we've gone rounds on this one before.
Gawds I don't often dream .... certainly most of what has been said above would be in my dream. I thought of providing for free spaying/neutering thru out America. Money for shelters, rescue, veterinarian assistance, pet food.... ah so much. Pay people to spay/neuter pets. Take a serious look at nursing home care. Revamp the system or something. Set up new facilities, better pay scale for employees, less hours, full staffing and better medical care. wow