Ron Paul: In Praise of Private Charity

by Ron Paul

One of the great fallacies of our time is that if government doesn’t do something, no one will. Its corollary is that if you are opposed to the government doing something, that you are opposed to anyone performing that function at all. These disastrous fallacies color much of our national debate concerning heath care, education, poverty, housing, and disaster relief, and other issues.

This Easter season, I would like to applaud an organization that proves just how much private charity can accomplish without government mandates or intrusion. Convoy of Hope, based in Springfield, Missouri is equal parts grocer, clothier, heath care provider, first responder, educator, and logistics expert. It works with communities across America and around the world, bringing together other local charities, businesses, churches, and government agencies to alleviate poverty and help people in the wake of disasters. The tremendous scope of its activities serves as a reminder that government is neither the sole, nor the best, provider of goods and services to people in need.

I recently had the privilege of touring Convoy of Hope’s headquarters and distribution center. It was a humbling but encouraging experience. Frankly, I’ve never seen an organization so focused, efficient, and poised to do so much good for so many people.

Convoy of Hope was founded by Hal and David Donaldson in 1994, who, as young boys suffered the death of their father and subsequent poverty. Both men were struck by the outpouring of support their family received during that time from local churches and the community. As a result, the two brothers developed a deep sense of responsibility to helping others in need. Convoy of Hope has since helped more than 50 million individuals in more than 100 countries– giving away nearly $300 million worth of food and supplies in the process.

They typically spend only about 10% of their budget on overhead while employing a small staff of approximately 85 people. Watchdog group Charity Navigator consistently gives Convoy of Hope high marks for both its financial acumen and transparency.

Convoy of Hope also stretches its resources by developing strategic partnerships with private sector corporations, including Coca Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Georgia Pacific, Cargill, Del Monte, and FedEx. These corporate donors donate everything from building supplies to bottled water to toiletries. Its massive distribution center and headquarters are centrally located in Missouri, where its fleet of trucks can dispatch quickly to any location in America. It also operates six international distribution centers for logistical efficiency.

The next step for Convoy of Hope is an audacious one: a 50 state tour beginning in May designed to address poverty across the United States. The “Convoy of Hope Tour” will provide an average of $1 million in goods and services to a community in a single day. Convoy of Hope’s fleet of 18 wheel trucks will roll through every state, providing a wide variety of goods and practical services to those in need, including groceries, job counseling, clothing, dental care, breast cancer screenings, haircuts, family portraits, children’s activities, as well as prayer and connections with local churches.

Convoy of Hope is doing tremendous work on behalf of mankind. I wish everyone at Convoy of Hope great success with their upcoming tour. It’s hard to imagine a government agency operating as efficiently, as nimbly, or as cheerfully as Convoy of Hope. I truly believe it should serve as a model for private, voluntary, nongovernmental solutions to poverty and disaster relief in our communities.


  • we audit the fed and wtf did you just say about evolution?! WHAT THE FUCK!

  • shutup, you stupid liberal

  • ..Except intellectual university students.

  • Many people are against Paul’s social and economic policies because they simply don’t have the depth to understand them. People are near-sighted. People don’t see how getting govenment out of things will dramatically lower prices and increase quality in almost ever facet of business. People don’t understand how the minimun wage hurts jobs. People only see the intentions of policies, and not the results. Ron Paul’s problem is he’s too intelligent and knowledgable to relate to anyone.

  • Israel wasn’t behind 9/11..Terrorists were behind 9/11..Our support for Israel is a huge reason why the target was on our back in the first place. Our support for Israel is in Israel’s best interest, not our peoples. Our foreign policy has been ravaging the middle east for decades. We’ve been propping up dictators. It really all started in 53′ and the UK and US installed a dictator in Iran. We have incited a lot fo hatred. We even funded and trained Bin Laden, which he then used on us.

  • I am Jewish and I can agree about the FED and banks being run mostly by Jews. However the Israel and 9/11 theory is a funny one. Got any proof for that?
    Israel hasnt given the US anything? You should check up what Israel has developed in technology and medicine and also what Jewish scientists in the US have done in the past and present.

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  • Gar

    Ron Paul is the best candidate. He should win California and( he has the best proposals, he is tolerant and he tolerates another religions, he tolerates another races, another sexual orientations and he is good Christian, he respects women ) and he must win another states too. He must now really try his best. He must develop his economical proposals it means present informations, what results will be: milions new jobs, more money 100 000 or 500 000 dolars , it will be no unemployment.
    And additionally honest social care and honest health care, honest education, aid for children with autism just like home teaching. Aid for tornado victims in Texas and in another states.
    He must do it and say it. He makes it for his own nation and for his own country.

  • I cannot speak for all Ron Paul supporters, but I am not anti-sematic. But I do want you to understand that the Federal Reserve in run by only Jewish people and only has been. Israel doesn’t do shit for us, we gave them all of there technology and nuclear weapons. Those “damn arabs” didn’t do shit to us, Israel is truly behind 9/11 and if you would stop watching Fox News you would understand. Also how can you call paul supporters anti-sematic when you are clearly racist towards middle easterns?

  • Sir, you would also help a lot by running to be a delegate for Ron Paul in your county 🙂

  • I’m a socialist but I think Ron Paul can achieve the same things socialists want. Sure, Ron Paul wants to achieve things differently, but at least he and socialists have the same goals. Equality, helping the little guy, standing up against oppression and monopolies.

    Do what he says guys, like share subscribe and comment to the video!

  • We are strong!!

  • You fuc&n’ sissy ass kids need to freakn’ get a set of balls and take this republic back.

  • Saddam Hussein knew how to deal with evil men. We need to learn from him and clean house here at home. Dr. Paul needs to step his game up and stop being so freakn’ nice. Now is the time to take this land back.

  • I had hoped Ron Paul would have been a great contender for the presidential race, but without a serious campaign manager with teeth, I’m afraid Mitt will win it; very unfortunate as we needed an honest man that knows the faults of our government. No doubt the media is afraid of Ron Paul, their owned by those who run the country and are not willing to give him any more exposure then absolutely necessary. Seems we’ll end up becoming a part of the New World Order with a new autocratic constitution!

  • Ron Paul is epic WIN all the way through!

  • Uphold individualism to counter false collectivist ideology. The marxists used collectivism and the result last century was the murder of 200 million people. Anglosphere money power always gets richer. And the people always get less and less. Gradual collectivism has ruined Europe and America. Leviathan must be stopped. The Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation are a good place to jump start the real revolution of change. The mailmen could go back to being jazz musicians.

  • good for man i hope where u live that u have a better gov then us or at least one thats getting better because no matter where you live there not enough people like ron paul especially in politics

  • I heard Ron Paul say that he wants to end the FED.
    I assume that the Big banks and the regulators are in bed together. and Ron Paul wants to end corruption.
    And I theorize that we humans overestimate our grasp of our origins.
    Why the shock?

  • Ron Paul knows that you can’t go from a government mandated nanny state, to a personal responsibility state, in a short period of time…it would take decades. and a lot of debate. But I think it’s a start in the right direction.
    How would you survive…that’s a question for the mirror.
    (hint) You can read and write.