All the moneys collected by the blog go into the Bart Ehrman Foundation, and all that money goes out to support the following charities. Three are local to my community, and two are international.
- The Urban Ministries of Durham: This charity is near and dear to my heart, the agency that deals with hunger and homelessness in my own part of the universe. It is an absolutely amazing “ministry” (it is not religious in anyway; the term is used in the sense that they “serve” those in need) . Among other things instead of (or rather in addition to) putting a band aid on the problems through their homeless shelter, community kitchen, food pantry, and clothing pantry, Urban Ministries works diligently to get people off homelessness and into permanent jobs and permanent housing. Last year they ended homelessness for 287 people. Anyone interested in seeing what a local organization can do, and do brilliantly, should check out their work at http://umdurham.org/.
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina: This, too, is a phenomenal organization which deals with food distribution to the needy throughout my part of the state. The quantity of food they collect from all kinds of sources and the complex distribution process they undertake are logistically mind boggling. They literally keep people from starving. You can see what they are about at http://www.foodbankcenc.org
- The Durham Literacy Center: Literacy Centers throughout the nation are doing a world of good, teaching those who need help learning to speak, read, and write English, training them to be productive and happy citizens and valuable contributors to our society. The Durham Literacy Center does amazing work with numerous programs – English instruction, skills classes, high school equivalency, and and and – all of them improving the lives of people who need help, and thereby making significant contributions to my city and state – and through that, to the known universe. To see more about them, check them out at https://www.durhamliteracy.org/.
- CARE: CARE is a hugely successful international relief agency that works in nearly 90 countries. Founded in 1945, CARE is nonsectarian, impartial, and non-governmental. As they say: “implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, responding to humanitarian emergencies, and advocating for policy change to improve the lives of the poorest people.” They deal with heart-rending problems with dignity and integrity: http://www.care.org/
- Doctors Without Borders: What do I need to say? This is one of the truly great humanitarian charities in the world, without a question, a bright light shining in our universe. By their own summary: “Doctors Without Borders provides medical care to people in nearly 70 countries worldwide, saving lives threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. As a humanitarian organization, we treat people in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.” http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Let me repeat, all the money that comes into the blog goes off to these charities. We don’t use any of the membership fees or blog donations for overhead/operating expenses or to line my own pockets. Every penny goes to help those in need. Want to make a separate donation to support our endeavor? The Bart Ehrman Foundation in Durham, NC is a tax exempt organization. Donations to The Bart Ehrman Foundation are tax deductible. EIN 45-4810987. For more information about it, go here: http://www.orgcouncil.com/nc/durham/bart-ehrman-foundation-987.php