(continued from page 2).
macho myth, the super-male. Others might see someone who believes what they are
doing to be right, who keeps on with the struggle to reach that goal. Someone else
might see the activist, willing to shake up an organization that is so overwhelmed
in getting the form correct that it forgets the purpose it serves (Wayne might kill a
lot of people in battle, but could you hear him try and pass it off with that disclaimer
of responsibility, "I was only following orders?")
Marion (Michael) Morrison stood for many things I don't accept. But he did stand
for them; and paid the price when he was both right and wrong. So while I can't honor
what he stood up for, in every case, I can honor the fact that he stood up, and took
both the good and the bad. He didn't sit back in his film lot, but talked out for what
he believed in.
Robert K. Roulston, Jr.
"Looking forward to more."
Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed the issue of Breakthrough I picked up at
the Galleria! I just moved here from Arkansas, there the feminist paper is called OURS
and has just started. It is small, but well put together. Am sending a copy of Breakthrough to a friend in Little Rock. I'm sure she will enjoy it!
I'm looking forward to more interesting issues! Especially read with interest the
stress article ("Houston Women Talk About Stress," April 1979).
'Thank you, Nikki, for giving the age-beauty issue space."
This is a "fan letter" (to Nikki Van Hightower) from a near-fifty yr. old woman!
Thanks so much for helping me think through your column ("On Turning 40, July/
August 1979). Thanks for giving the age-beauty issue space. . . Conditioned as we
are-we all face the same realities but usually without real thought. It was a great help.
I always read your column first and think the whole paper is wonderful! So glad we
still have it. I miss you on radio KTRH—even though it was my husband who listened
to you. Your objective approach was so influential and helpful to me indirectly.
"All kinds of doors have opened for me."
A couple of months ago I started working in the Public Relations Department at the
Houston Convention Council and one of my jobs is editing and writing the enclosed
As you may remember, my degree was in nursing and I never could have gotten
this kind of job without being able to show published work as a writer. Because of
the start I had with Breakthrough, all kinds of doors have opened for me. I wanted
you to 'know that and I wanted to thank you for the help and encouragement you
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can social fabric," he says in a New York
To this end, a national conference
entitled Fundraising in the Workplace-
Exploring Alternatives to United Way
was held this past spring to coincide with
the United Way's annual conference.
NCRP sponsored the meeting along with
more than 40 other organizations ranging
from the Gray Panthers to Zero Population Growth.
Conference participants arrived at six
recommendations for local committees
concerning responsive philanthropy.
1) Make payroll deduction contributions available to all individual charities.
2) Repeal United Way policies which
foster a monopoly in workplace solicitation.
3) Organize alternative fundraising
federations at the local level to include a
wide variety of organizations.
4) When access is denied to legitimate,
deserving organizations, boycott the
United Way fundraising campaigns.
5) Establish programs by employers
for matching of employee gifts for the
benefit of all non-profit, tax-exempt
organizations which can receive tax
6) Organize local coalitions for philanthropic change by groups which receive
little support from United Ways or other
traditional funding institutions. These
committees should study the patterns
of local philanthropy; evaluate how well
local philanthropic funding meets critical
needs of the area; report on these matters
to local leaders and to the public, and
report periodically to the public on the
overall progress or lack of progress of
philanthropy in responding to the issues
raised in the above studies.
"Responsive Philanthropy officials feel
that donations could become a source of
support for groups addressing emerging
social problems, for individuals with new
ideas, for alternative approaches to problems still too new or untested to receive
government funding, and for supporting
community organizations that have active
citizen involvement," writes Karen De-
Witt in her Times story.
The NCRP recommendations represent
the first step toward restructuring organized fundraising in the workplace. The
Black United Fund is an alternative for
Houston which may spur further change
locally. As Bothwell stresses, however,
United Ways themselves and the business
community can do the most to promote
the diversity that makes "private giving
Christine LeLaurin is a recent graduate
of the University of St. Thomas, where
she studied journalism.
The Ford Foundation has just released
the first comprehensive study of private foundation and government funding of women 's programs. The NCRP
has prepared a summary of the Ford
study and it is available for $.88 from
NCRP, 810-18th Street, N. W., Suite
408, Washington, D. C. 20006 The
Ford study is available from the Ford
Foundation, P. O. Box 559, Naugatuk,
CN 06770 for $3.95.
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