The Salvation Army's Mixed McBlessing

The Salvation Army, a faith-based charity best known for its disaster-relief efforts and thrift stores, hit the philanthropic jackpot when McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc, who died last fall of brain cancer, left it a record-setting $1.5 billion bequest. But the evangelical group spent several weeks debating whether to accept the windfall. Why look a McMegabucks gift horse in the mouth? The money comes as a mixed blessing because Kroc earmarked the donation to build--but only partly maintain--dozens of community centers across the country. A prototype for these lavish centers already exists in San Diego courtesy of Kroc, who gave the Salvation...

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