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Christian company Thirty-One sidesteps questions and supports Planned Parenthood

When any person or organization supports Planned Parenthood – or abortion in any way – I am sad. I am doubly sad when that person or organization is a Christian. As a Christian myself, I would hope that other Christians would know better.

There are so many other ways to empower women. Abortion hurts, weakens, and desensitizes women. It does not help them or empower them, even when they think it does. Abortion replaces the burdens they carry with an always heavier burden of guilt. Whether or not the woman feels guilty, she still bears the guilt of killing her child. Of course, any sin/wrong act can be forgiven. Any guilt can be removed. Christians understand this, as we believe that Jesus Christ died to pay for any sins we commit. But understanding that our wrong acts have been paid for, if we accept this forgiveness and grace, does not give Christians an excuse to support abortion in any way, shape, or form. Forgiveness is never an excuse to do wrong, especially to an innocent person.

The cover of Thirty-One’s catalog that I browsed

Nearly a month ago, I first heard about the Christian company Thirty-One. It is a multi-level marketing company of sorts that sells purses, picnic blankets, and lots of organizational supplies for women. A lady I know had recently started selling Thirty-One products, so I decided to check out the website and catalog.

Once on the website, I noticed that Thirty-One donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations that help women. Good idea, right? I sure think so. Anyway, I really wanted to find out who they donated to, but I couldn’t locate the information I wanted. I sent the staff there an e-mail:

I noticed that a portion of your proceeds goes to non-profits that empower women.  Can I get a full list of which organizations you give to?  How does an organization apply to be one of the ones you donate to?

I received an immediate reply that assured me that Thirty-One would respond within 24-48 hours. Indeed, they responded very quickly. However, I found their reply rather odd and off-topic:

I am writing regarding your recent inquiry about fundraisers. At this time, Thirty-One does not offer company sponsored fundraisers or donations to such events.  However, we do encourage our consultants to support their community through these events.  Please visit www.thirtyonegifts.com to find a consultant who can better assist you in reaching your fundraising goals.  We wish you the very best during your event and commend your kindness.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Naturally, I did have other questions. The thing I wanted to know was which organizations Thirty-One donates to. I had thought my question was fairly obvious from my first e-mail, but I asked again:

Thank you for your answer, but the main question I had was if there was a list of organizations that Thirty-one Gifts gives to. If you could answer that for me, I’d greatly appreciate it.

I sent my second e-mail on March 22 and still have received no answer. Considering their quick response the first time, I was rather wary of who they donated to, since they avoided answering me the second time around. However, I didn’t pursue things any further with the company.

You can imagine my surprise when, yesterday, I was browsing LifeNews.com and saw Abby Johnson’s article: “Christian Biz Thirty-One Gifts Funds Planned Parenthood’s Friends.” I did my own research, based on Abby Johnson’s provided information, and I confirmed that one of Thirty-One’s “partner organizations,” The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, does indeed give directly to Planned Parenthood. They even link to Planned Parenthood on their site.

Needless to say, I was greatly dismayed. I don’t doubt Thirty-One when they say that their motto is “Empowering women. Strengthening families. Changing lives.” But funding an organization that directly funds Planned Parenthood is not the way to do this. Abortion weakens women; it breaks up families; it changes lives for the worst – by killing an innocent person. I’m sure this is not what Thirty-One had in mind.

Now, I don’t know if Thirty-One is intentionally giving to Planned Parenthood’s friends or if the people at the company just failed to do their research. But what I do know is that this is unacceptable activity on the part of a Christian company who claims to stand for women and families. This is not what we need to see from a Christian company that is growing in popularity and predicted to rise to greatness. Please join me in calling on Thirty-One to end its gifts to Planned Parenthood’s friends and to stand up for the innocent – something that is part of every Christian’s duty.

You can contact Thirty-One through this online form or call them at 1-866-GIFTS31. If you have a friend who is a Thirty-One consultant, please be sure to share this information with her, and urge her to call on Thirty-One to give to organizations like those listed at Lifecall that really help women!

  • http://stopthecap.ca Alex Perrier

    That’s too bad when Christian companies like that apparently fund Planned Parenthood.  It can be really difficult to keep track of who gives money where!  At least the pink ribbon Bible launched a while ago by a different company was discontinued.  It gave money to Komen, which donates to Planned Parenthood.

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Yes, it can definitely be difficult to keep track of it!  I have a personal strategy, though, that if an organization or company–Christian or not, unfortunately–says that it donates to organizations that support/help/empower women, I find out who they donate to before supporting them.  If they support good organizations (like battered women’s shelters or crisis pregnancy centers), then I’m excited about giving them my money!  If they believe that Planned Parenthood or other abortion supporters empower women, well, needless to say, I then know they’re on the wrong track.  I think it’s especially important for Christians to speak out and hold other Christians accountable.

      • bubbalouwee

        Thanks for the information, Kristi.  I do not consider them to be Christian if they are funding abortion.  How many Catholic politicians vote in favor of abortion and disregard their faith?  In addition, how can a company be donating money without realizing where that money is going?  Also, why the long delay in responding to your legitimate concerns?  You did the right thing in notifying others so this company can be boycotted.  I do NOT want my money going to kill our fellow human beings under any circumstances.   

  • Oldmanbob

    Please for your own sake look up and study Matt:  l8.  You will find one of the very few places in the NT where a detailed outline and rules are spelled out. 
    One:  Go to the person and speak to them if possible one on one.
    Two:  If this does not effect change take a witness with you and try again.  This witness I belive should be an elder (am a prod) or a priest or someone who can speak with authroity.
    Three:  Go the the leadership as a whole and speak one on one.  In this case the board of 31.
    Four:  No change then have nothing to do with them, period.

    There have been several times I have been lead to follow this outline and it really works.  When we follow the directions Jesus will step in and change lives.

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Thanks for your suggestion, and I agree with you that this is commonly the way that Christians should handle problems with other individual Christians.  However, I believe you enter into a whole separate level of interaction when you are faced with a company/group/organization who is not subject to a church (as an individual Christian likely is).  Secondly, there’s not much I can do when the company won’t even respond to me attempting to talk to them–I can’t force them to talk to me or anyone else.  Furthermore, I think that by asking others to email them/call them out on this, I am, in effect bringing “witnesses”.  Funding abortion is an issue that affects the public as a whole, and Christians who do it and choose not to talk about it when you try to have a discussion have to be called out so that more Christians don’t buy into it.  

      • Melissa Beth Griffin

        Again, Kristi, If you tried ONE short e-mail to the MAIN customer contact line and have not received a response, that is hardly a company you are having to “FORCE” to talk to you.  I sincerely and respectfully implore you, again, out of respect for your readership, and your responsiblility in caring for a fellow believer, contact Scott or Cindy Monroe directly. 

        Had you said, “This is who I am.  I am interested in whether you are supporting organizations that fund Planned Parenthood.” I have to believe you would have received a different response.  But your cryptic inquiry that could have easily been from any customer wanting to decide whether she wants to buy a purse… is hardly a professional investigative inquiry. 

        If your interest truly lies in truth-finding, cutting off funding of PP and honoring God as you save lives, I have to believe you’d give the company a fair chance to represent themselves and provide accurate information.  By using your public platform to “force their hand” is assuming the worst in another. 

        Please reconsider your approach while there are but six comments on this half-story.  If there are 10,000 shares and 600 comments and you realize you were mistaken, I believe you will regret mis-use of your platform. 

        Scott Monroe, a former long-time minister, is very much subject to a church and is very much responsible to God for stewardship of funds.  Your assumptions about him are unfair, and I must again, implore you to pray about how you choose to allow this story to unfold. 

        If, when the truth is revealed, Thirty-one is choosing to knowingly fund a “friend of PP,” we can all make an educated decision about continuing to work for them or buy from them.  But until then… what do you report?  It will surely get more “clicks” and glory for you if you keep this posted as is than if you were to wait to objectively publish the full story.  Tough choices journalists make every day.  I humbly ask that you choose to love your neighbor, seek facts, and keep God at the forefront of the fight for Life. 

        Blessings to you,
        Melissa B. Griffin, Independent Director, Thirty-one Gifts

         

        • Kristiburtonbrown

          Melissa, just because I am a pro-life news writer doesn’t mean that I can’t send a personal inquiry to a company who my friend is asking me to buy products from.  I do have a personal life, too, you know =)  And I sent two emails, not one.  Again, if you have an easy direct line to the Monroes, please share.  We’d love to talk to them and hear their thoughts, and we’d be incredibly happy if they stopped the donations to a Planned Parenthood supporter.  That would be great news.

          • Kristiburtonbrown

            One more thought…I find it very ironic when Christians choose only to critique a method they disagree with (i.e. my reporting style) and completely ignore the fact that a Christian company is supporting the biggest abortion giant in America.  Why no comments on that?  It’s happening, like it or not, regardless of the reason or explanation that may be offered.

          • Melissa Beth Griffin

            Kristi,

            Please trust me when I say that I am not ignoring the fact that Thirty-one is making choices with funding that concern me greatly.  Obviously, it’s keeping me up at night.  When they release their statement and official position moving forward, thousands of Consultants will have difficult choices to make. 
            However, I respect that Cindy is my leader, I owe it to her to wait for her response, and I will do so and encourage others to do so.  I will give her time to do it, and I will pray for her as she and Scott consider how they will manage this brand new foundation we just rolled out, and how important it is to support pro-life causes.

            It is disappointing, but I extend them the grace that they opened this foundation literally a few months ago, have gone from ministers to big-time business owners in an extremely short period of time, and they need our support and to hear from us about how WE wish for their charitable funds to be allocated.

            As for critiquing your reporting style, I apologize for being personal.  I just feel if we are JUST talking about accuracy… your headline should be…
            “Public documents show new Thirty-one Foundation supports someone who then supports PP, but hasn’t responded yet to my personal inquiry as to whether it will continue to do so.” 

            Not quite as catchy.  I get it. 

            MBG
             

          • Kristiburtonbrown

            I’ll just say you are welcome to critique my personal style/method of reporting…it’s just ironic when that’s all that people do and ignore the real issue.  I’m glad you say you’re concerned.  I’m as interested as you are in hearing Thirty-One’s reply.  The point of this article is to inform readers where some Christians’ money is going and to ask them to call on Thirty-One to change their direction.  If they do, great.    

          • Melissa Beth Griffin

            You most definitely have the right to send a personal inquiry to the company.  Then, when they don’t respond, it warrants a report of “bad customer service” or “slow response time.” 

            However, most readers would expect that you made a more detailed or weighty inquiry to warrant reporting a company is “sidestepping issues.”

            MBG

        • Genni1

           Actually, if you read her article, she tried two emails.  The first one was answered with a non answer, and the second, written on March 22nd, did not receive any answer (to date of the article being written).  She DID try to get the answer from them first.  Then she found the information on another site.  She did not force anything, the information she was seeking was in a different public forum. 

  • Melissa Beth Griffin

    Mom to Mom, believer to believer, writer to writer, and pro-lifer to pro-lifer,

    I could not agree more with Bob.  In your own words, “I think it’s especially important for Christians to speak out and hold other Christians accountable.”

    Your bold headline that claims that Thirty-one “supports Planned Parenthood” is incredibly misleading considering that the actual conclusion of your story is “Now, I don’t know if Thirty-One is intentionally giving to Planned Parenthood’s FRIENDS or if the people at the company just failed to do their research.” 

    Why not, in the interest of accurate and thorough reporting and integrity journalism, probe by contacting CEO Cindy Monroe, who is not at all difficult to reach, and who is one of the most Godly, inspiring women in ministry, before possibly publicly slandering one of the most Christ-centered companies in America?  For credibility of your blog and out of respect for your readership, why not post this article when you do have an actual answer?  In the age of viral miscommunication, do you not also have accountability to report the truth in grace while holding fellow believers accountable?

    When you sent your initial brief inquiry to the general e-mail address that probably receives 10,000 inquiries per day, their prompt answer referred to this:  As women who work for the company, we are “empowered” to offer fundraisers where percentages of our commissions can be donated to causes close to our hearts… FAR too numerous to offer a list. 

    Their very prompt response was to let you know that if you contact a Consultant, we could set up a fundraiser for your organization, which it appeared was what you were asking.  Had you followed their suggestion: “Contact a specific consultant if you have a further question,” your name and info would have been e-mailed to a leader within our company within 24 hours, and we are held to the standard to contact each Home Office Inquiry within 48 hours. 

    Instead, you did not follow their very professional, personal response system.  You replied to the main e-mail line, and when a response was not received in 24 days, you chose to publicly accuse them of “sidestepping” questions.  As a Christ-follower, please offer the love and grace to the Monroes of retracting your article until you have given them reasonable time to respond and/or course-correct.

    My personal interactions with Cindy are such that she would gladly invite your inquiry, correct any misunderstanding, etc. and appreciate that a Matthew 18 approach was taken.  What if she IS mistakenly supporting any cause she does not intend to support?  Your Christ-centered approach will bring God much more glory, and will not cause pain and/or bad press for a fellow Christian doing her best to love the least of these through her generosity.

    Cindy Monroe is a Proverbs “Thirty-one” woman, and I implore you to consider honoring her with your words and your work. 

    Thank you for reading my words, and please know I strongly support your pro-life efforts and intend to reach out in love in defense of a company in which I believe.

    Sincerely, Melissa B. Griffin, Independent Director, Thirty-one Gifts

    • Arroller

      I am a ThirtyOne senior consultant and I can’t figure out how to contact Cindy to ask about this.  You claim she is not at all difficult to reach…. please share.  Thanks,
      Angela :-)

      • Melissa Beth Griffin

        She and Wendy Bradshaw, the Director of Thirty One Gives Foundation, are working on a statement to release in response to these blogs. 

        Again, if we all follow the chains of communication (starting with the journalists) we’ll hear from them soon.  Any new release will come from your Directorship as soon as it is received.  Again, the speed of MISinformation clogs healthy communication channels, but forcing a company’s hand seems to be their chosen method. 

        I’m just as interested in you in getting the facts, but I’m most interested in respecting our leaders and giving them a chance to professionally reply.  We have to remember, in their defense, Kristi has a history of working with evasive, cryptic, companies who are not up-front, so they are assuming the worst from Thirty-one as well.  I wish they’d give Cindy a chance to do what’s right.  She always does, and I am choosing to trust her and the God she serves. 

        I just hope the response of the Thirty-one family honors Him and respects her as well.

        MBG

        • Kristiburtonbrown

          Lol about the cryptic companies I’ve supposedly worked for. Who are you talking about Melissa?

          • Kristiburtonbrown

            With, not for

          • Melissa Beth Griffin

            Oh yikes… Sorry Kristi.  What I MEANT to say is that you encounter a lot of  cryptic, evasive companies who go to great lengths to hide things like this, but I know that Thirty-one is not one of those and have to trust that they will be open with us about their practices. 

            I have been a financial contributor to pro-life organizations for years.  I was (ironically) trying to defend your approach as you have to typically assume the worst to pressure response.  It just feels unnecessarily harsh when I’m personally involved with the company on the receiving end of accusation.

            Truly, bad word choice late at night.  My apologies.

            MBG

          • Kristiburtonbrown

            Yeah, late at night can get to anyone haha.  Thanks for the apology

        • Arroller

          I have been unable to locate a direct line to Cindy.  I’m afraid this information isn’t even getting to her…and whoever made the decision in the first place is the one getting the emails.  I ask again for you to share how you are contacting her…

          Thanks!
          Angela :-)

          • JDT

            Sad to say that the person who wrote this article did not do it with a very christian attitude. Its with an authoritative attitude that rides on the idea that her valued point of view is above all else and that it is irreproachable. Isn’t it God’s word that we should help our lost sisters even though we do not walk beside them. What right have you to smother the light of a christian woman trying to do God’s work in a world that obviously does not want it. Shouldn’t you be empowering her instead of slandering her? By the way..are thee without sin? I bet not. I certainly am not. I am a sinner. I openly admit it and God will be my judge just as Christ was my savior. So yes I expect your silver tongued lashing in response but you might as well save your breath. It won’t change me or my mind.

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for your comments.  I’m afraid you misunderstand a few things.  First, I had no reason to believe that Thirty-One supported Planned Parenthood when I sent my email, so there was no reason for me to come out and ask if they did…that would have seemed rather odd and accusatory.  I asked for exactly what I wanted–a list of the organizations they donate to.  Since I later found out that Thirty-One does have an online list of partner organizations (on the Thirty-One Gives website instead of the Thirty-One website), I’m not sure why it should have been so difficult for them to point me to that list.  

      Second, I appreciate the fact that you believe in your company, but the issue isn’t IF they support Planned Parenthood…the facts are that they do, through their donations to the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.  The point is that, whether or not the leaders of Thirty-One are aware that this Women’s Fund supports Planned Parenthood, they could have easily discovered this if they did any research at all, as the Women’s Fund clearly states this on their website under “Projects We Have Funded.”  

      I didn’t break this story.  It was out there before I wrote this article.  I’m sharing my unique perspective as someone who tried to contact the company before the story ever broke and someone who is disappointed that a Christian company either intentionally or without research supports Planned Parenthood.  This is a legitimate concern that many other pro-lifers share with me.

      Also, it’s unfair for you to place your own interpretation on the email.  They did not tell me to ask further questions to a consultant.  They told me that, if I was interested in fundraising, I could talk to a consultant.  They said if I had further questions to ask them (i.e., the lady I was already in contact with)..which is exactly what I did since they didn’t answer my main question in the first place.

      I’m sure, by now, that the leaders of Thirty-One have heard about the articles making people aware of Thirty-One’s support of Planned Parenthood.  Any of the people who are writing about this, myself included, would be happy to hear their response.  I hope they choose to stop supporting Planned Parenthood.  I hope the truth is that they just didn’t do their research, though that’s still not acceptable.  If you read other articles, you can see that the support goes further than the Women’s Fund–even to the Girl Scouts and the YWCA.  This is an issue that must be addressed, and I can assure you that I will equally report on any decision by Thirty-One to stop their support of Planned Parenthood.

      I would suggest that, if you have an easy line to Cindy Monroe, you either provide that to the rest of us or contact her yourself, asking her to publicly respond to this issue.  

  • finishstrongdoc

    Having read this story and all the comments, I’m struck by the similarity to the Girls Scouts/Girl Guides/Planned Parenthood relationship, that is an ongoing working relationship that will and does, directly or indirectly, affect all Girl Scout troops everywhere. Many great websites have been set up by Proverbs 31 women and their daughters, asking similar questions of GSUSA leadership that you, Kristi, are asking of Thirty One.

    The reaction from GSUSA leadership has been one of obfuscation and denial (in the face of documented commentary by Kathy Cloninger, on the Today Show, that GSUSA does indeed work with Planned Parenthood.) The “kill the messenger” attacks are everywhere, and have been a matter of heated rhetoric and grandstanding in legislatures from Alaska to Ohio, so this topic isn’t going to be ignored, nor will it magically disappear from general public scrutiny, not while the internet exists, anyway, to provide honest journalists their opportunity to be heard in the public square.

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  • Jdjdjeeeeerrrryyy

    The headline for this article is extremely misleading. You writers here have often complained how the media misleads in their writing. It seems a bit hypocritical when you do the same.

  • Daniel

    Kristi,

     

    It would appear you had
    a hidden agenda all along which is solidified by your lack of effort to get to
    the core of the issue (contacting a general support line isn’t an honest attempt
    at investigative research).  In my opinion, it’s bad enough that secular
    society is constantly attacking the Christian Community, but to read an article
    where a Christian is attacking another Christian (or in this case a group of
    Christians) is incomprehensible!  

     

    If you
    were sincere, why wouldn’t you make every effort to contact Thirty-One
    leadership and find out the truth?  Why wouldn’t one of your goals be to
    protect the Christian image and not lend yourself to tarnishing its
    already damaged reputation (see Westbro Baptist Church for example)??

     

    I wonder if you put as
    much (or as little effort) into researching the companies your local grocer or
    neighborhood gas station supports?

    Lastly, have you weighed
    all the positives Thirty-One offers to women and their families against what your unsubstantiated slander may cause? Basically, your headline claims
    Thirty-One’s “support” is with full knowledge and backing.  Do
    you know this to be 100% accurate?  Based on this statement, “Now, I don’t
    know if Thirty-One is intentionally giving to Planned Parenthood’s friends or
    if the people at the company just failed to do their research.” it would appear not; therefore, why did you even
    write the article.

    Dan

    • Jenwesty

       Can I quadruple LIKE this response?   Thank you, Daniel! 

    • Mjnbr1

      Thank you, Daniel!  Excellent points.

    • Genni1

       Uh, she did try to get a response–they didn’t respond.  She found the information in a public forum.  She wrote an article about it.  Now Thirty-One has released a statement that they are happy to fund a group that funds abortion.  So…rein in your outrage.  It looks like a goat, smells like a goat, acts like a goat, and unfortunately, is a goat, no matter how much lipstick and bags are around it.

  • Ralphy

    Here’s a better title for your article: “Minimum wage employee fails to answer 1 of 1,000 daily
    emails.  Possibility that Christian company, Thirty-One inadvertently supports
    Planned Parenthood…but I’m not really sure.”

  • Kristiburtonbrown

    It is a great tragedy when Christians would rather stand up for a business than denounce any association with abortion.  Clearly, we are desensitized to the horror of what abortion really is.  I will repeat…there is no doubt that Thirty-One donates funds to an organization that directly funds Planned Parenthood–The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.  There is no doubt that two of the other organizations they fund–the Girl Scouts and YWCA–are closely associated with Planned Parenthood.  Whether this is an intentional action or an action based on extremely bad research (or the lack thereof), isn’t the point.  This should never have happened at a Christian company, and I hope they will correct it.  I will be happy to support them and heap praises their way if they do =)  

    • Ralphy

      Then why not handle this in private (since you’ve admitted to not knowing the full story) instead of making a public spectacle of it?  Have you considered the lives Thirty-One has changed or the souls won to Christ from their Christ-following consultants? 

      • Kristiburtonbrown

        For the same reason you and all the others who object are handling your objections to me publicly:  it’s already a public issue.  When Thirty-One started publicly giving money to Planned Parenthood’s friends, it became a public issue right then.

    • Melissa Beth Griffin

      Kristi, after being one of their most vocal public supporters, you can imagine the emotions I felt when Thirty-one released its statement today.  I’m shocked and disappointed.  I am planning to write to Scott and Cindy Monroe (am in the middle of writing it right now) seeking reconsideration of their stance, as I cannot operate a business knowing even one penny of my sales would end up in the PP bank roll.  I appreciate you welcoming my comments and opinions in the meantime, and have enjoyed our professional banter.  Please be encouraged as you continue the fight for Life.

      • Guest

        Melissa, 

        I am a new consultant and have been so excited about this company and this journey. I am really discouraged. Will you please share the contact information you are using to contact Cindy Monroe? That, &/or put out a letter that those consultants who want to urge she & Scott to reconsider may sign as well? They need to know just how many of us take issue with even indirect funding…

      • Kristiburtonbrown

        Melissa, I admire you greatly for taking a hard stand.  You are an example of exactly how Christians should process through difficult situations.  I admire you also for putting your beliefs ahead of your pocket book.  Thank you for all the time you are still taking on this issue.  I am so glad that many Christians agree on how important every innocent little life is.

  • Guest

    If they support good organizations (like battered women’s shelters or
    crisis pregnancy centers), then I’m excited about giving them my money! 

    If you’re one of those pro-lifers who clings to the myth that Plan B causes abortion, then you really shouldn’t give money to a battered woman’s shelter until you’ve verified that they don’t recommend that rape victims seek medical treatment, since the health care provider will probably offer them emergency contraception.

  • Christinagermaine15

    Sadden to say that 31 has responded in a statement on their website  viewable  only to  consultants.  http://www.thirtyonetoday.com/Announcements/tabid/865/EntryId/259/A-Statement-from-Thirty-One-Gives.aspx

    My understanding of the statement is that they will continue to fund the women’s fund of central ohio as well as the girl scouts of America and YWCA in that these organizations carry out 31 gives mission of strengthening women.

    i am saddened by this as I will no longer be able to represent them as a company that I believe in although I believe that they  are  sincere in their belief that they  are empowering women no matter what situation that woman finds herself in.  I am too well versed in the agony that women suffer when abortion is offered to them as a  way to correct a hard situation.

    I will no longer be a senior consultant for Thirtyone as I must stand by the convictions of my faith that says that Jesus and his followers have so much more to offer a woman and so many ways to encourage her than to offer her abortion even  if that offer is indirect.

    • Susan

      It’s sad that you would allow Satan to win in this.  Because that is exactly what he wants–he is the ultimate instrument of chaos.  31 doesn’t condone abortion, they support an organization that helps empower women.  It’s THAT organization that chooses to support other causes…in this case Planned Parenthood.  By 31 supporting the
      Women’s Fund of Central Ohio it creates a relationship and that relationship can actually lead to opportunities to witness.  Dissociation does nothing more than separate Christians from those they are meant to serve and be a light to.  

      Ever hear of hate the sin, not the sinner? I’m glad Christ didn’t run from those who he disagreed with their actions.  Instead he met them where they lived.

      Instead of running why not show some grace and befriend a member of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and form a relationship that fosters trust.  That trust could lead to some amazing things.  You just never know.

      • Christinagermaine15

        You’re  right.  I hope that I can befriend and if an opportunity to witness arises I would hope that the Holy Spirit would lead me in what to say.  But  I wouldn’t give them money unchecked  to do what they wanted. 

        Love the sinner as we are  all sinners but I am also called to exercise prudence.  I wish that 31 would not have been attacked.  Many of who are calling them out indirectly support things they wouldn’t do.  Abby Johnson, who began these attacks,  has admittted  to going to Disneyland when she knows they support PP.  EVen though I won’t finacially support 31 anymore by being their  consultant I believe they were unfairly targeted and that their accusers will have to answer for that.

        I don’t think 31 is evil and I hope  that good comes from their associations with groups we don’t agree with, that they can be a light as we know the light will always outshine the darkness.

        I will just not continue to raise money from them as a consultant.  Not sure that Satan is winning here.  He hasn’t won with me.  I am following my conscience with this and I know many great women who  are following their consciences and will continue to do great things with 31.

  • Shawn

    Its a Blog under the dot ORG ”
    Live Action was founded in 2003 by then fifteen year-old Lila Rose. In 2008 Live Action was legally formed as a non-partisan, non-profit organization.”
    A non-profit organization!!! This not real news at all, its an opinion without  proper research!
    I might as well go to a conspiracy site, at least they are more believing!  IMHO

  • Jill

    While you’re boycotting 31, please make sure to include the following charitable foundations as well: American Cancer Society, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities because they all support (in one way of the other), Planned Parenthood. 
     
    In addition, those of you standing firm in your beliefs be sure to cease all sales/bids/purchases on eBay and avoid buying gas from any Chevron Station.   As for food, please stay far away from Red Lobster and Olive Garden.  If you’re into computers, you’ll need to uninstall any Adobe product, to include Adobe Reader, since they support Planned Parenthood as well.
     
    Lastly, tell the kiddos they will NEVER see the inside of a Disney theme park because they are HUGE supporters of Planned Parenthood (that includes all Disney movies and the Disney Channel).

    Oh, I almost forgot Nike!  Better take those off too…after all we MUST be consistent, friends!

    • Tony

      Jill, you are sadly misguided. No one is calling for the boycott of 31. And to your point of boycotting all the companies and organizations that support PP, obviously that would be near impossible.

      There is a big difference, however … not one of those organizations you mention claim to be Christian. As the author and others have pointed out, one would hope that a Christian organization would NOT give money (directly or indirectly) to anyone who is funding abortions. As they seem to be justifying their support of abortion, they lose any credibility as ‘Christian’ or ‘empowering to women’.

      • Jill

        Tony, let’s assume that Thirty-One doesn’t change their stance.  Should all Thirty-One consultants simply disband?  Should Thirty-One lock its doors? This business has literally changed my life and countless others both financially and spiritually.  The opportunities I’ve had to share Christ with others and the lives “saved” has to outweigh a “money trail.”  It isn’t about a “product”, Thirty-One has enabled me with an amazing tool to share God’s word.

        No one is saying they approve of abortion, it’s about the greater good. 

        • Tony

          Jill, I’m not the type that would call for consultants to disband, for people to boycott, or for a company to close its doors. If a consultant wants to quit or if someone wants to stop purchasing, that is a personal decision they have to weigh.

          I also don’t doubt that it has changed your life and many others. It seems like a great company. My issue is not with the consultants anyhow. If you are a consultant, I’m sure it has given you many times to witness to others. That’s fantastic! My issue is with Thirty-One claiming to be a Christian company but choosing to continue to fund abortion and to justify it (even if indirectly). I would simply hope a Christian company would stand up for Christian principles and not justify sin.

          Suppose, for instance, that a non-Christian is at a party/sale/or whatever they are called and a consultant is given a chance to share Christ. Suppose also that they have heard Thirty-One supports groups that support abortion. How does one explain that without justifying it? Is it okay because it’s for the greater good?Again, that’s nothing against the consultant … it’s all about Thirty-One and how they can honestly justify supporting abortion.

  • Sandenberg

    I was watching a documentary (Blood Diamonds) it was about the Civil War in Liberia for the war on Diamonds and kids as young as Eleven were Mining this Diamonds and being used as soldiers as well. And every cell phone in the world has this Diamonds inside them so does that mean that every time i buy a Cell Phone does that mean that i support the civil war and the mistreatment of Kids? And one of the biggest buyers of this Diamonds is Nokia, and the Person who was doing the documentary asked a Representative of Nokia about this and she said that there not sure if there Diamonds were coming from kids or regular adult miners in Liberia. Does that mean that i support the Civil War every time that i go buy a Cell Phone

    • Diane

      I don’t think your purchase of a cell phone means you are supporting that Civil War.  What people are saying is that every time they spend their money they are “voting”.  As a practicing Catholic, I can not in good conscious support an organization that directly or indirectly funds abortions while promoting that it is a Christian organization that works to empower women.  But that doesn’t mean I think anyone else needs to.  But it is my conviction, which is why I canceled the 31 Party I had planned to hold on Saturday.  I was much happier living in ignorance, but now that am not in ignorance any more, I can’t go forward with this.  The really key thing to me is that they promote the concept that they are Christian and work to empower women.  Since abortion is completely counterproductive to that goal, I can’t see how they are really doing what they preach.

      • Kristiburtonbrown

        Good for you, Diane. Thanks for setting an example of standing by your convictions.

  • Julie

    Yay! I just bought two bags today and then did some research. I was disappointed to find out it was a christian organization and considered canceling my order. Then I found out they support Planned Parenthood. Finally, a Christian organization that follows Christ’s teachings!

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Jesus Christ would never support abortion.  He cares for women and children equally and he would not support the free killing of either of them.

  • Julie

    Did you delete my comment?

  • Nikki

    Planned Parenthood offers a great deal of services, it is not an abortion clinic as seems to be your perception.  As a woman of faith who had to take advantage of Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services (annual exam and STD testing)after being sexually manipulated in high school (and being too scared and ashamed to go to my Sunday school teaching parents), I would proudly stand behind any organization or company supporting Planned Parenthood.  I know many women who could not afford birth control or annual exams if Planned Parenthood were to no longer exist.  And alternatively, I know NO ONE who has gone through Planned Parenthood to get an abortion.

    I am pro-life so please don’t accuse me of being otherwise, I just know of how much good Planned Parenthood can and does do, and know that there is no alternative organization offering these same essential services to women. 

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      So a place that offers abortions isn’t an abortion clinic?  That’s strange.  I sympathize with your personal situation, but that doesn’t make Planned Parenthood good for all women.  And in fact, if you do your research, there are many other places that offer essential services to women at a free or low cost – county health departments for one.

  • Nikki

    It seems to me that the company honestly misunderstood your inquiry.  You see, anyone can contact a Thirty One consultant and request that they help you with a fundraiser.  This fundraiser can be funding a school, sports team, health awareness/research for a particular illness, etc. etc. etc.  In this way the list is endless because so long as you find a consultant who deems your cause ‘appropriate’ and worthy, you can host a fundraiser for anything. 

    What you were inquiring about, however, was “Thirty-One Gives.”  This is a rather new aspect of Thirty-One, in which a portion of the price of 3 particular products (clearly marked in the catalog) are donated to companies that “empower……..women” Additionally, you can choose to round your order total up to the nearest dollar which also is donated to Thirty One Gives.  As for a list of these organizations, I believe you yourself stated somewhere (comments or blog, I don’t feel like looking back) that they were listed on the Thirty One Gives website.  It is not the general customer service line’s fault that you didn’t know enough to distinguish the two in your question. 

    As for whether or not they do support Planned Parenthood a) from your original and even follow up question how were they to know that’s what you were after? and b) good for them if they do.  I don’t support abortion but I do support women taking control of their reproductive health.  Planned Parenthood prevents way more abortions (not to mention cancer screenings, etc.) than they aid in carrying out.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-planned-parenthood-actually-does/2011/04/06/AFhBPa2C_blog.html 

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      I’m pretty sure it’s the responsibility of the company to understand their own company, not the responsibility of someone asking questions.  At the time, I had someone who had just become a consultant and wanted me to buy products.  I wanted to find out more about the company.  Obviously, I didn’t know about their new or various ventures.  That should be their responsibility to let me know, not mine to ask the perfect question.  

      I also never stated that they should have known I was trying to determine if they supported PP.  I said that they avoided my question, which they did.  As I said above, perhaps you should do a bit more research on other places that provide needed services to women without abortion.  PP is the abortion giant of the world, and no woman should support them.  The abortion they perform FAR outweigh any amount of good they do.

  • Diane

    I too am in favor of women taking control of their lives, in whatever text that may be.  However, people who believe that Planned Parenthood does that need to rethink their position.  Yes, Planned Parenthood does provide the services that have been mentioned.  HOWEVER, they are the LARGEST provider of abortions in the United States.  If you dig down a bit in their funding and services, you will find this out.  It has been suggested that they split the organization up into two organizations, one for preventative health services and one for pregnancy termination.  This has never happened, I think because there wouldn’t be any funding for the abortion services.  Saying that PP is a good organization because they perform some good things is like saying that a child molester is good because he funded an organization to help inner city kids.  Think about it.  And I believe that there are other organizations that provide the services mentioned at low or no cost, just that people aren’t aware of theme.

  • khill

    This is Thirty-One Gifts response to the accusations of them supporting Planned parenthood.
    I hope you all will take the time to read.
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    are
    so
    excited
    to
    begin
    the
    Thirty–‐One
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    have
    all
    the
    tools
    you
    need
    to
    proudly
    share
    our
    mission
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    how
    the
    money
    raised
    is
    being
    distributed
    to
    support
    the
    empowerment
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    has
    supported
    several
    nonprofits
    organizations
    with
    product
    donations
    or
    cash
    gifts.
    These
    product
    donations
    and
    cash
    gifts
    are
    made
    through
    one
    of
    the
    following
    components
    of
    Thirty–‐
    One
    Gives:

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    Dress
    for
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    Worldwide
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    Mission
    Conference
    GOGO
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    YWCA
    of
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    Ohio
    Girl
    Scouts
    We
    wanted
    to
    share
    some
    facts
    tied
    to
    the
    last
    two
    charities
    listed.
    Some
    people
    allege
    that
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    and
    the
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    provided
    funding
    for
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    These
    allegations
    are
    invalid.
    These
    organizations
    have
    assured
    us
    they
    have
    not
    and
    do
    not
    provide
    funding
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Our
    contributions
    to
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    supports
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnership
    and
    include
    a
    product
    donation
    and
    cash
    contribution
    to
    support
    the
    Woman
    to
    Woman
    luncheon
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    In
    addition,
    an
    annual
    gift
    was
    made
    to
    purchase
    a
    table
    at
    the
    Women
    of
    Achievement
    Luncheon
    to
    support
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    This
    event
    honors
    local
    women
    who
    have
    impacted
    the
    lives
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    The
    room
    is
    packed
    with
    over
    4,000
    people
    and
    is
    the
    largest
    nonprofit
    fundraising
    event
    of
    its
    kind
    in
    our
    community.
    The
    daughter
    of
    one
    of
    the
    recipients
    recited
    the
    entire
    Proverbs
    31
    scripture
    to
    introduce
    her
    mother.
    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Office

    product

    donations

    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Partners
    Dress
    for
    Success
    Worldwide
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    Mission
    Conference
    GOGO
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    domestic
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    tied
    to
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    Domestic
    Violence
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    Services
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    Experiences
    Salvation
    Army
    Project
    Woman
    Interfaith
    Hospitality
    Network
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Girl
    Scouts
    We
    wanted
    to
    share
    some
    facts
    tied
    to
    the
    last
    two
    charities
    listed.
    Some
    people
    allege
    that
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    and
    the
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    provided
    funding
    for
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    These
    allegations
    are
    invalid.
    These
    organizations
    have
    assured
    us
    they
    have
    not
    and
    do
    not
    provide
    funding
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Our
    contributions
    to
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    supports
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnership
    and
    include
    a
    product
    donation
    and
    cash
    contribution
    to
    support
    the
    Woman
    to
    Woman
    luncheon
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    In
    addition,
    an
    annual
    gift
    was
    made
    to
    purchase
    a
    table
    at
    the
    Women
    of
    Achievement
    Luncheon
    to
    support
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    This
    event
    honors
    local
    women
    who
    have
    impacted
    the
    lives
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    The
    room
    is
    packed
    with
    over
    4,000
    people
    and
    is
    the
    largest
    nonprofit
    fundraising
    event
    of
    its
    kind
    in
    our
    community.
    The
    daughter
    of
    one
    of
    the
    recipients
    recited
    the
    entire
    Proverbs
    31
    scripture
    to
    introduce
    her
    mother.
    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Thirty–‐One

    Gives

    Partners

    Dress
    for
    Success
    Worldwide
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    Mission
    Conference
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    Gives:
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    to
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    Interfaith
    Hospitality
    Network
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Girl
    Scouts
    We
    wanted
    to
    share
    some
    facts
    tied
    to
    the
    last
    two
    charities
    listed.
    Some
    people
    allege
    that
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    and
    the
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    provided
    funding
    for
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    These
    allegations
    are
    invalid.
    These
    organizations
    have
    assured
    us
    they
    have
    not
    and
    do
    not
    provide
    funding
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Our
    contributions
    to
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    supports
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnership
    and
    include
    a
    product
    donation
    and
    cash
    contribution
    to
    support
    the
    Woman
    to
    Woman
    luncheon
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    In
    addition,
    an
    annual
    gift
    was
    made
    to
    purchase
    a
    table
    at
    the
    Women
    of
    Achievement
    Luncheon
    to
    support
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    This
    event
    honors
    local
    women
    who
    have
    impacted
    the
    lives
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    The
    room
    is
    packed
    with
    over
    4,000
    people
    and
    is
    the
    largest
    nonprofit
    fundraising
    event
    of
    its
    kind
    in
    our
    community.
    The
    daughter
    of
    one
    of
    the
    recipients
    recited
    the
    entire
    Proverbs
    31
    scripture
    to
    introduce
    her
    mother.
    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Dress

    for

    Success

    Worldwide

    Blume

    Mission

    Conference

    GOGO

    Gives:

    Get

    One

    Give

    One

    Gives

    Safe

    Horizon

    domestic

    violence

    shelter

    in

    NYC

    tied

    to

    GOGO

    Domestic

    Violence

    Intervention

    Services

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    Our

    Experiences

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    Project

    Woman

    Interfaith

    Hospitality

    Network

    YWCA

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    Girl

    Scouts

    We

    wanted

    to

    share

    some

    facts

    tied

    to

    the

    last

    two

    charities

    listed.

    Some

    people

    allege

    that

    the

    YWCA

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    and

    the

    Girl

    Scouts

    USA

    provided

    funding

    for

    Planned

    Parenthood.

    These

    allegations

    are

    invalid.

    These

    organizations

    have

    assured

    us

    they

    have

    not

    and

    do

    not

    provide

    funding

    to

    Planned

    Parenthood.

    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    Our
    contributions
    to
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    supports
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnership
    and
    include
    a
    product
    donation
    and
    cash
    contribution
    to
    support
    the
    Woman
    to
    Woman
    luncheon
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    In
    addition,
    an
    annual
    gift
    was
    made
    to
    purchase
    a
    table
    at
    the
    Women
    of
    Achievement
    Luncheon
    to
    support
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    This
    event
    honors
    local
    women
    who
    have
    impacted
    the
    lives
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    The
    room
    is
    packed
    with
    over
    4,000
    people
    and
    is
    the
    largest
    nonprofit
    fundraising
    event
    of
    its
    kind
    in
    our
    community.
    The
    daughter
    of
    one
    of
    the
    recipients
    recited
    the
    entire
    Proverbs
    31
    scripture
    to
    introduce
    her
    mother.
    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    YWCA

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    Our
    contributions
    to
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    supports
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnership
    and
    include
    a
    product
    donation
    and
    cash
    contribution
    to
    support
    the
    Woman
    to
    Woman
    luncheon
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    In
    addition,
    an
    annual
    gift
    was
    made
    to
    purchase
    a
    table
    at
    the
    Women
    of
    Achievement
    Luncheon
    to
    support
    the
    YWCA
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    chapter.
    This
    event
    honors
    local
    women
    who
    have
    impacted
    the
    lives
    of
    women
    and
    girls.
    The
    room
    is
    packed
    with
    over
    4,000
    people
    and
    is
    the
    largest
    nonprofit
    fundraising
    event
    of
    its
    kind
    in
    our
    community.
    The
    daughter
    of
    one
    of
    the
    recipients
    recited
    the
    entire
    Proverbs
    31
    scripture
    to
    introduce
    her
    mother.
    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Our

    contributions

    to

    the

    YWCA

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    supports

    our

    home

    office

    community

    partnership

    and

    include

    a

    product

    donation

    and

    cash

    contribution

    to

    support

    the

    Woman

    to

    Woman

    luncheon

    to

    raise

    money

    for

    the

    Central

    Ohio

    chapter.

    In

    addition,

    an

    annual

    gift

    was

    made

    to

    purchase

    a

    table

    at

    the

    Women

    of

    Achievement

    Luncheon

    to

    support

    the

    YWCA

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    chapter.

    This

    event

    honors

    local

    women

    who

    have

    impacted

    the

    lives

    of

    women

    and

    girls.

    The

    room

    is

    packed

    with

    over

    4,000

    people

    and

    is

    the

    largest

    nonprofit

    fundraising

    event

    of

    its

    kind

    in

    our

    community.

    The

    daughter

    of

    one

    of

    the

    recipients

    recited

    the

    entire

    Proverbs

    31

    scripture

    to

    introduce

    her

    mother.

    Official
    YWCA
    Statement:
    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Official

    YWCA

    Statement:

    The
    YWCA
    does
    not
    financially
    support
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    This
    includes
    the
    national,
    regional
    as
    well
    as
    all
    local
    organizations.
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    The

    YWCA

    does

    not

    financially

    support

    Planned

    Parenthood.

    This

    includes

    the

    national,

    regional

    as

    well

    as

    all

    local

    organizations.

    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Girl

    Scouts

    USA

    The
    mission
    of
    Girls
    Scouts
    USA
    is
    to
    build
    girls
    of
    courage,
    character
    and
    confidence.
    We
    feel
    their
    mission
    directly
    aligns
    with
    our
    mission
    to
    support
    our
    future
    generation
    of
    girls.
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    supported
    the
    Forever
    Green
    Gala
    which
    was
    hosted
    by
    our
    local
    Ohio
    Heartland
    Council
    to
    commemorate
    the
    centennial
    celebration
    of
    Girl
    Scouts.
    Neither
    our
    local
    council
    nor
    any
    council
    associated
    with
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    has
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.
    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    The

    mission

    of

    Girls

    Scouts

    USA

    is

    to

    build

    girls

    of

    courage,

    character

    and

    confidence.

    We

    feel

    their

    mission

    directly

    aligns

    with

    our

    mission

    to

    support

    our

    future

    generation

    of

    girls.

    The

    Thirty–‐One

    Gives

    Fund

    supported

    the

    Forever

    Green

    Gala

    which

    was

    hosted

    by

    our

    local

    Ohio

    Heartland

    Council

    to

    commemorate

    the

    centennial

    celebration

    of

    Girl

    Scouts.

    Neither

    our

    local

    council

    nor

    any

    council

    associated

    with

    Girl

    Scouts

    USA

    has

    a

    relationship

    or

    partnership

    with

    Planned

    Parenthood.

    Official
    Girl
    Scouts
    Statement/Facts:

    Official

    Girl

    Scouts

    Statement/Facts:



    Girl

    Scouts
    USA
    does
    not
    have
    a
    relationship
    or
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood.

    Scouts

    USA

    does

    not

    have

    a

    relationship

    or

    partnership

    with

    Planned

    Parenthood.



    Girl

    Scouts
    USA
    has
    no
    partnership
    with
    Planned
    Parenthood
    and
    this
    can
    be
    proved
    through
    Forms
    990
    and
    other
    accounting
    records.

    Scouts

    USA

    has

    no

    partnership

    with

    Planned

    Parenthood

    and

    this

    can

    be

    proved

    through

    Forms

    990

    and

    other

    accounting

    records.



    Girl

    Scouts
    USA
    has
    never
    received
    financial
    support
    or
    financial
    contributions
    from
    Planned
    Parenthood.

    Scouts

    USA

    has

    never

    received

    financial

    support

    or

    financial

    contributions

    from

    Planned

    Parenthood.



    Betty

    Cockrum,
    the
    chief
    executive
    of
    Planned
    Parenthood,
    has
    stated
    the
    claims
    being
    made
    about
    a
    partnership
    between
    Girl
    Scouts
    USA
    and
    Planned
    Parenthood
    are
    “woefully
    inaccurate.”
    Women’s
    Fund
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    has
    not
    contributed
    to
    Women’
    Fund
    of
    Central
    Ohio.
    Some
    of
    our
    employees
    purchased
    tickets
    to
    attend
    an
    annual
    fundraising
    event
    to
    network
    with
    local
    women
    (total
    $300).
    This
    occurred
    prior
    to
    our
    Thirty–‐0ne
    Gives
    Fund
    being
    established.
    This
    organization
    was
    mistakenly
    listed
    on
    the
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives.org
    site
    as
    a
    partner
    and
    will
    be
    removed
    from
    our
    partner
    listing.
    We
    do
    not
    plan
    to
    partner
    with
    The
    Women’
    Fund.
    Komen
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure:
    In
    support
    of
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnerships,
    our
    home
    office
    employees
    have
    created
    a
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    team
    and
    will
    walk
    in
    the
    May
    19
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure
    in
    downtown
    Columbus
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    Chapter.
    The
    team
    was
    created
    to
    honor
    all
    of
    the
    Consultants
    and
    members
    of
    the
    entire
    Thirty–‐One
    family
    who
    are
    currently
    battling,
    have
    battled
    or
    have
    friends,
    family/customers
    battling
    breast
    cancer.
    Approximately
    20
    out
    of
    125
    Komen
    Affiliates
    across
    the
    country
    provide
    restricted
    grants
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    for
    vital
    breast
    health
    services
    that
    could
    otherwise
    be
    unavailable
    to
    some
    women.
    Our
    local
    Columbus
    Chapter
    is
    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    Cockrum,

    the

    chief

    executive

    of

    Planned

    Parenthood,

    has

    stated

    the

    claims

    being

    made

    about

    a

    partnership

    between

    Girl

    Scouts

    USA

    and

    Planned

    Parenthood

    are

    “woefully

    inaccurate.”

    Women’s
    Fund
    of
    Central
    Ohio
    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    has
    not
    contributed
    to
    Women’
    Fund
    of
    Central
    Ohio.
    Some
    of
    our
    employees
    purchased
    tickets
    to
    attend
    an
    annual
    fundraising
    event
    to
    network
    with
    local
    women
    (total
    $300).
    This
    occurred
    prior
    to
    our
    Thirty–‐0ne
    Gives
    Fund
    being
    established.
    This
    organization
    was
    mistakenly
    listed
    on
    the
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives.org
    site
    as
    a
    partner
    and
    will
    be
    removed
    from
    our
    partner
    listing.
    We
    do
    not
    plan
    to
    partner
    with
    The
    Women’
    Fund.
    Komen
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure:
    In
    support
    of
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnerships,
    our
    home
    office
    employees
    have
    created
    a
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    team
    and
    will
    walk
    in
    the
    May
    19
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure
    in
    downtown
    Columbus
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    Chapter.
    The
    team
    was
    created
    to
    honor
    all
    of
    the
    Consultants
    and
    members
    of
    the
    entire
    Thirty–‐One
    family
    who
    are
    currently
    battling,
    have
    battled
    or
    have
    friends,
    family/customers
    battling
    breast
    cancer.
    Approximately
    20
    out
    of
    125
    Komen
    Affiliates
    across
    the
    country
    provide
    restricted
    grants
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    for
    vital
    breast
    health
    services
    that
    could
    otherwise
    be
    unavailable
    to
    some
    women.
    Our
    local
    Columbus
    Chapter
    is
    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    Women’s

    Fund

    of

    Central

    Ohio

    The
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    Fund
    has
    not
    contributed
    to
    Women’
    Fund
    of
    Central
    Ohio.
    Some
    of
    our
    employees
    purchased
    tickets
    to
    attend
    an
    annual
    fundraising
    event
    to
    network
    with
    local
    women
    (total
    $300).
    This
    occurred
    prior
    to
    our
    Thirty–‐0ne
    Gives
    Fund
    being
    established.
    This
    organization
    was
    mistakenly
    listed
    on
    the
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives.org
    site
    as
    a
    partner
    and
    will
    be
    removed
    from
    our
    partner
    listing.
    We
    do
    not
    plan
    to
    partner
    with
    The
    Women’
    Fund.
    Komen
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure:
    In
    support
    of
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnerships,
    our
    home
    office
    employees
    have
    created
    a
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    team
    and
    will
    walk
    in
    the
    May
    19
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure
    in
    downtown
    Columbus
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    Chapter.
    The
    team
    was
    created
    to
    honor
    all
    of
    the
    Consultants
    and
    members
    of
    the
    entire
    Thirty–‐One
    family
    who
    are
    currently
    battling,
    have
    battled
    or
    have
    friends,
    family/customers
    battling
    breast
    cancer.
    Approximately
    20
    out
    of
    125
    Komen
    Affiliates
    across
    the
    country
    provide
    restricted
    grants
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    for
    vital
    breast
    health
    services
    that
    could
    otherwise
    be
    unavailable
    to
    some
    women.
    Our
    local
    Columbus
    Chapter
    is
    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    The

    Thirty–‐One

    Gives

    Fund

    has

    not

    contributed

    to

    Women’

    Fund

    of

    Central

    Ohio.

    Some

    of

    our

    employees

    purchased

    tickets

    to

    attend

    an

    annual

    fundraising

    event

    to

    network

    with

    local

    women

    (total

    $300).

    This

    occurred

    prior

    to

    our

    Thirty–‐0ne

    Gives

    Fund

    being

    established.

    This

    organization

    was

    mistakenly

    listed

    on

    the

    Thirty–‐One

    Gives.org

    site

    as

    a

    partner

    and

    will

    be

    removed

    from

    our

    partner

    listing.

    We

    do

    not

    plan

    to

    partner

    with

    The

    Women’

    Fund.

    Komen
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure:
    In
    support
    of
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnerships,
    our
    home
    office
    employees
    have
    created
    a
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    team
    and
    will
    walk
    in
    the
    May
    19
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure
    in
    downtown
    Columbus
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    Chapter.
    The
    team
    was
    created
    to
    honor
    all
    of
    the
    Consultants
    and
    members
    of
    the
    entire
    Thirty–‐One
    family
    who
    are
    currently
    battling,
    have
    battled
    or
    have
    friends,
    family/customers
    battling
    breast
    cancer.
    Approximately
    20
    out
    of
    125
    Komen
    Affiliates
    across
    the
    country
    provide
    restricted
    grants
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    for
    vital
    breast
    health
    services
    that
    could
    otherwise
    be
    unavailable
    to
    some
    women.
    Our
    local
    Columbus
    Chapter
    is
    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    Komen

    Race

    for

    the

    Cure:

    In
    support
    of
    our
    home
    office
    community
    partnerships,
    our
    home
    office
    employees
    have
    created
    a
    Thirty–‐One
    Gives
    team
    and
    will
    walk
    in
    the
    May
    19
    Race
    for
    the
    Cure
    in
    downtown
    Columbus
    to
    raise
    money
    for
    the
    Central
    Ohio
    Chapter.
    The
    team
    was
    created
    to
    honor
    all
    of
    the
    Consultants
    and
    members
    of
    the
    entire
    Thirty–‐One
    family
    who
    are
    currently
    battling,
    have
    battled
    or
    have
    friends,
    family/customers
    battling
    breast
    cancer.
    Approximately
    20
    out
    of
    125
    Komen
    Affiliates
    across
    the
    country
    provide
    restricted
    grants
    to
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    for
    vital
    breast
    health
    services
    that
    could
    otherwise
    be
    unavailable
    to
    some
    women.
    Our
    local
    Columbus
    Chapter
    is
    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    In

    support

    of

    our

    home

    office

    community

    partnerships,

    our

    home

    office

    employees

    have

    created

    a

    Thirty–‐One

    Gives

    team

    and

    will

    walk

    in

    the

    May

    19

    Race

    for

    the

    Cure

    in

    downtown

    Columbus

    to

    raise

    money

    for

    the

    Central

    Ohio

    Chapter.

    The

    team

    was

    created

    to

    honor

    all

    of

    the

    Consultants

    and

    members

    of

    the

    entire

    Thirty–‐One

    family

    who

    are

    currently

    battling,

    have

    battled

    or

    have

    friends,

    family/customers

    battling

    breast

    cancer.

    Approximately

    20

    out

    of

    125

    Komen

    Affiliates

    across

    the

    country

    provide

    restricted

    grants

    to

    Planned

    Parenthood

    clinics

    for

    vital

    breast

    health

    services

    that

    could

    otherwise

    be

    unavailable

    to

    some

    women.

    Our

    local

    Columbus

    Chapter

    is

    NOT
    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    NOT

    one
    of
    the
    20
    affiliates
    that
    support
    the
    Planned
    Parenthood
    clinics
    breast
    health
    services
    initiative.
    one

    of

    the

    20

    affiliates

    that

    support

    the

    Planned

    Parenthood

    clinics

    breast

    health

    services

    initiative.

  • JulieG

    Kristi,
    Thank you for your article. I get your point and just today had some of the very same backlash for expressing my disappointment in Thirty-One’s support of GS, since they claim to be a Christian organization.

  • larry11971

    I guess I’m just odd. 31 is similar to the pyramid schemes I giggled at when I was a young adult. The difference is the “Christian” foundation it’s founded upon. I personally know the founders, and whole they aren’t perfect people, you would need to search far and wide to find better people. If some of their consultants support “leftist” causes, it doesn’t make sense to indict the whole company, IMO. Also, “pro-choice” and “pro-abortion” are NOT the same thing. I am against abortion in most cases, but I’m glad our women have the freedom to choose. I would expound, but my diatribe will likely fall on close-minded, pre-programmed ears who “root” for candidates with the same viracity they use with sports teams.

  • Kat
  • Alicia

    This is not misinformation at all. This is a personal experience that has called for answers from Thirty One. If the Director is in fact having to issue a statement I would say this article accomplished it’s mission. Freedom of speech is what has been written and I am thankful to be able to read this but we need to use Freedom of Thinking as well. God Bless.

  • LL

    I never would have purchased any 31 gear just not my thing but someone at the 31 party googled 31 and found this. All 28 women at the party were appalled by your ignorance. We each chipped in and bought $2850 worth of 31 gear and donated it to our local Planed Parenthood. They will be giving them away to low income women they HELP. Maybe you need to do a little research on Planned Parenthood they DO empower women with choices and access to health care. You drag all women down with your rhetoric. I feel bad for you and unchristian outlook on life.

    • Tony

      I guess you’ll need to explain to me how killing babies empowers women. With over 55 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, that’s about 25-30 million future women who never had a choice and will never be ‘empowered’. You might also want to explain how killing babies is a Christian outlook on life.

  • Proud31Consultant

    31′s official statement:

    Recently questions have been raised about Thirty-One and our philanthropy initiative, Thirty-One Gives.

    Thirty-One believes in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women.
    Thirty-One Gives is our philanthropic initiative that ensures this
    mission is carried out through the celebration and empowerment of women
    and girls by strengthening their belief in themselves and strengthening
    their families … actions that lead to purposeful and thriving lives.

    We support initiatives that align with this mission, which is why we
    focus our giving on organizations that support leadership and economic
    independence for women and girls such as Salvation Army, Women’s Fund of
    Central Ohio, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girls Scouts and YWCA of
    Central Ohio.

    Thirty-One Gives has not provided any direct funding for Planned
    Parenthood or any other activities outside the scope of our mission.

    Thirty-One Gives supports HER, no matter her circumstances, no matter
    where she’s been or where she’s going. We want to be there in her
    greatest time of need and in her greatest time of joy. We empower HER.

    http://www.thirtyonetoday.com/Announcements/tabid/865/EntryId/259/A-Statement-from-Thirty-One-Gives.aspx