When I lived in a small, very small, town in Vermont, it was not uncommon to see people buring their trash in either steel cans or pits.
I am, like most men, a big fan of the open flame, and, as strange as it is, when one of those trash fires would get going, we would gather around this Dantean tableau, and warm ourselves, even in July.
Even burning trash has value.
In the last three weeks, two nonprofit organizations, located at opposite ends of the philanthropic spectrum, were poised to suffer profound organizational distress from forces outside of their control.
Planned Parenthood stood to loose thousands of dollars in grant funding from the Susan Komen Foundation and the Roman Catholic Church was poised to forcibly embrace a set of government directives that were antithetical to their theological teachings.
While Planned Parenthood stood to loose thousands of dollars, an interesting thing happened: thousands of donors, many of whom were unknown to that organization, flooded regional offices with donations and, I suspect, many Diocesan annual fund operations will see an increase in donations this year.
Both organizations learned an invaluable lession in nonprofit dynamics: burning trash often has value.