A local United Way office
realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's
most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to
persuade him to contribute.
"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give
not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some
The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research
also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills
that are several times her annual income?"
Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um ... No."