"Vice's suicide spread appears to be nothing more than a shameless stunt, a hollow attempt at provocation."
Wow, Chris, it's almost like you don't understand how media in the 21st century works. But I know that can't be true. You've been slipping lately brother. You can do better.
Nothing dries up the donations faster for a charity than a cloud of suspicion. CWK needs to come clean - and fast. And it's really not that difficult. Just show how much is being spent on fundraising, solicitors, and administration - and then how much of the remaining is going to the actual mission. Donors deserve to know this.
Let me first preface by saying I sent *certified* letters to all of our local "media" today in support of Charleston Waterkeeper and their Founder/ Executive Director Cyrus Buffum. I did it because this characterization is incorrect.
I have known Cyrus for over a decade - actually beginning with he and I committing to the College of Charleston and their fractured, disorganized student government in 2001. I have never known Cyrus to be anything other than genuine, focused and dedicated to the task at hand. While I don't see him often enough - I have known Cyrus to be a leader through and through.
These unsubstantiated and trollish comments posed by many of the same cast of characters here are the same fools that strike down everything, good or bad - in the CP comments sections, the P&C "comments section" and other local media --- and are defamatory and insulting. I would personally love to organize a public forum to flush these folks out in an effort to get YOU to actually defend your opinions IN PERSON.
I would love to speak to the original Waterkeeper *supporter* who made the inquiry as to his experience with NPOs as they relate to Waterkeeper. I can assure you - and through more than a decade of family giving - that this process as it relates to 501(c)3 organizations is difficult to navigate and requires effort that far supplants the mission and capacity of the organizers - and often their limited staff. I travel more than 8 times per year to sit in NPO meetings - of which I have a limited scope of influence and historical context.
In the past 4 or so years, I was witnessed Cyrus (and his support staff) build the foundation of organization that would have consumed many of his contemporaries.
Whether building a for-profit or not-for-profit business, you relinquish a part of your soul in favor of the misson at hand.
I, too, will expect to see the annual reports, organizational goals and ongoing updates towards their progress - and I fully expect and believe that a high character and dedicated person like Cyrus Buffum will deliver --- because he always has. It's easy to post comments and deliver criticism when you simply read the headlines.
On a personal note --- Cyrus Buffum - you have my highest and most unequivocal support. You have done an amazing job creating a local affiliate of an organization that very few Charlestonians would have heard of - unless you launched it way back when. Keep your chin up and you will go far.
In friendship and community,
I know little to nothing about CWK. So, really, what do they actually do? I mean, specifically, operationally, on or related to our local waters.
Because they care about shopping and their bodies.
Why would anyone do that?
Not all C of C students...but a great many here in Elliotborough. The greater problem is the the loss of resident/homeowners to developers filling every house and lot with rental properties. It is a viscious cycle playing out on most blocks here. The more rentals, the more the quality of life depreciates, leading to yet more homeowners walking away in disgust as developers grab at their former homes for yet more rentals. My block has become an ad-hoc apartment complex. Too bad...it used to be lovely- and housed people from diverse walks of life. I am the last on my block and I was the first 'pioneer' to move in and renovate a house without abandon. One day the City Fathers will look back and say 'What the f*@k were we thinking?'. 'Why didn't we value our neighborhoods and residents instead of chasing tax dollars from density'. A neighborhood is only as good as the residents that make it a home. Something lost on our elected officials.
Still, it's disappointing that more people don't ride their bikes from the outlets to the airport and vice-versa.
These aren't for "regular people", therefore, no bike racks.
This is purely an airport-to-hotel-to-Tanger-and-back thing, to support the North Charleston business community, not provide sustainable public transportstion.
ot all mind you but a good number like to and should party if they want to. Cops here and there may corral some but every yr there is a new round of partiers to take their place.
Our dwtwn is dense but not that large so residents near the college are part of the party whether they want to hear it or not.
"To me, this sounds like an unfortunate bureaucratic issue where because of some paperwork, the IRS is making yet another small business/non-profit owner's life miserable."
Seriously, Caroline? They failed for *THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS* to file a required form. That's not an "administrative oversight", as the sub-head so graciously concedes, it's a grossly negligent screw up.
And please, don't confuse small businesses and non-profits. I realize this is Charleston and there's not really much difference between the two around here, but it's pretty hard to stick up for a non-profit and bring up small business and not have some people's heads spin.
This is an issue to manage it will never be solved. College kids will be college kids. N
Lame...as always Haire, but story isn't up any more on Vice. . Just because u have daughters, u seem uber sensitive to these chick stories. Don't pretend to stick up for women now at this stage of ur sad "writing career". U r sexist, and I hope to whatever pagan god u pray to, ur girls read ur articles which u have published so they are in the same boat as every other young girl with access to the Internet. But I'm sure U shield ur girls to yhis type of shit house drivel (like ur writings), if only u had the same respect for other children as u do ur own...for shame! The world is round prick.....unfortunately for ur girls.
Good food and service. Apparently we have gone to the wrong restaurants before now because we found Charleston to be lacking good restaurants ....way too much fried food but Hanks delivered. Thanks!!!
Well, there is a lot of asshats at CoFC who are undoubtedly on the 5 year program offered to unprepared fools whose parents have to bite the bullet and pay for that extra year for their "special" kids. There is also a equal amount of hard working kids who grow up and go on to bigger and better things. They are bright, respectable and have excellent manners. I have met representatives from both groups of kids over the years. They do get a little bolder (or perhaps just plain dumber) each year. Without a visible police presence - expect more of it. I know that I will verbally abuse Benny the Bouncer a lot louder than I will Officer Benny from any sidewalk on King. Going to agree with Chris on this one. Mayor Riley needs to be a better elected "pubic" official and actually think things through before issuing statements like the one above.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and TIMID souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
If they're hybrid and they DON'T have bike racks, then the world will probably explode.
I have been intimately involved with Charleston Waterkeeper as a volunteer for over 3 years now. I have worked in the office, at events, on the water, in the classroom, and in the community - so it is with continued pride and well-versed knowledge of the organization's mission and character that I remain in support of Charleston Waterkeeper, Cyrus Buffum, the CWK staff, board of directors, and our waterways.
I will not pretend to know the details of their records but I will tell you that I have seen their dedication to the mission, I have watched my donations both of time and money benefit education, community, and scientific programs to help improve the health of our waterways. And truly - that is good enough for me, but if it is not good enough for you, which is both acceptable and understandable, I encourage you to get involved, to meet the team, to learn, for yourself, about the organization and to take in these articles and the people stomping their feet saying "look at me, look at me" with a drop of salt water.
Thank you for waiting patiently Mat for my figures. After contacting both CVB and College of Charleston, I found that I am slightly in error as figures have dropped a bit since I left the tour industry a couple of years ago. With the current figure at about $250 a day spending I'll let you do the higher math. Keep in mind, that dollars-per-tourist figure pays taxes, plus the remainder goes to local business. So, if you consider the money going into the total local economy, I think diddly-squat definitely doesn't apply.
It's disheartening to read some of these snarky comments. Cyrus Buffum is probably the hardest worker I've ever met. Sure, there's of course a ton more he can get his organization to do, but he tries, every day. Are the rest of us all so perfect? He strives to make a difference day in and day out and has a good heart. Period. To me, this sounds like an unfortunate bureaucratic issue where because of some paperwork, the IRS is making yet another small business/non-profit owner's life miserable. Keep your chin up, Cy.
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