PETs go to Burma, and Gold status is earned at GuideStar

PET MO-Columbia update 6-22-16
PETs built since 1-1-16 #784

Gary reports that we now have PETs in 102 countries. Add Burma. It seems that a batch of PETs went to Thailand and the NGO heard of a need in Burma, just across the border, and shared some with them. Our volunteers and donors can take considerable satisfaction in the knowledge that the results of their donations and work have impacted so many in so many places. It is almost routine now for tourists who know about PET to report “PET sightings” when they travel. So – add Burma.

“Enclosed photos of multiple PET carts being delivered and presented on May 5th in the village of Mae Sai on the Thai border with Burma. All together 21 PET carts, 3 of which were children’s size. This presentation was a partnership between our Foundation, a local disabled association, and local officials who donated the meeting space. I hope you will find these photos useful for your promotion. Some of the carts crossed the border into the village of Tachilek in Burma to assist disabled in that rural area. Donald Willcox, The Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons” (pictures from distribution & ceremony on the Thailand side)


*** Our local paper reported that “A watchdog agency monitoring charities revealed in May its choice for the “worst” among those helping U.S. Veterans. The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation raised more than $29,000,000 from 2010 to 2014 — but wound up distributing about 2 cents for every dollar toward actual help. The other 98 cents went to administration and fundraising. Similarly troubling was the fact that the CEO of NVVF is a staff attorney at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Such reports are not uncommon. Several years ago the famous Boy’s Ranch in Nebraska got into trouble for receiving and hoarding a vast sum of money and not spending it.

*** We have lean and clean records at PET MO-Columbia and pay for a professional audit each year. It takes a bit of money to do that, but we want to assure our donors that we can be trusted with their money. Our 2015 Annual Report tells that our expenses for fundraising and administration are only 13% while 87% was given out through our mission of mobility. All our records are open for anyone to see, except the names of donors and the amount they give. That is kept private. Feel free to ask for the latest CPA audited financial report.

PET MO-Columbia was just awarded gold status for its reporting and transparency at Watch for details coming in the Summer newsletter.


“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – General George Patton

Mel West, Director Emeritus

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