Skip to comments.The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk
Posted on 06/17/2013 3:02:18 AM PDT by servo1969
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Key questions to ask the caller:
What is the full name of the charity?
Do you work for a paid fundraiser?
How much of my donation actually goes to charity?
Will any local programs directly benefit? If so, how?
What is the website address of the charity?
Key facts to know:
The best charities spend no more than 35 cents of every dollar raised on fund-raising costs.
Americas worst charities spend more than 80 cents of every dollar on fundraising.
Charities that use telemarketing firms and fundraisers are far more likely to receive only a fraction of the money raised.
The top 10: (Based on total raised by solicitors)
Charity Name: Kids Wish Network
Total raised by solicitors: $127.8 million
Total paid to solicitors: $109.8 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 2.5%
Charity Name: Cancer Fund of America
Total raised by solicitors: $98.0 million
Total paid to solicitors: $80.4 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 0.9%
Charity Name: Children's Wish Foundation International
Total raised by solicitors: $96.8 million
Total paid to solicitors: $63.6 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 0.8%
Charity Name: American Breast Cancer Foundation
Total raised by solicitors: $80.8 million
Total paid to solicitors: $59.8 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 5.3%
Charity Name: Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Total raised by solicitors: $63.8 million
Total paid to solicitors: $54.7 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 8.4%
Charity Name: Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
Total raised by solicitors: $63.9 million
Total paid to solicitors: $44.8 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 2.2%
Charity Name: International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
Total raised by solicitors: $57.2 million
Total paid to solicitors: $41.4 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 0.5%
Charity Name: National Veterans Service Fund
Total raised by solicitors: $70.2 million
Total paid to solicitors: $36.9 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 7.8%
Charity Name: American Association of State Troopers
Total raised by solicitors: $45.0 million
Total paid to solicitors: $36.0 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 8.6%
Charity Name: Children's Cancer Fund of America
Total raised by solicitors: $37.5 million
Total paid to solicitors: $29.2 million
% spent on direct cash aid: 5.3%
Thats what you with sheep......... SHEAR THEM...
Good post wish every posting was like this. You took the time to offer more info about the subject and filled in the details in the comment section.
I give regularly to McDonald House, Fisher House,
Salvation Army, Food for the Poor...and Adopt-A-Platoon....although the last one appears to be having quetions raised about it....so I am going to look at that one again
Fisher House and Salvation Army are both 2 I trust.
I have found that you cannot go wrong if you tell everyone who solicits by phone to go to hell.
Here’s an excellent site for “Christian” organizations:
—gives 30 donor alerts, gives 30 “shining lights,” evaluation criteria, & top 20 ministries by total revenue, and more...
the Police Fraternal Organizations are the worst....they may be doing good...but they really are agressive in their pitch....I always ask to have them send it to me in writing for my review....most don’t....
I don’t understand what the “risk” is. You gave with honest intentions and fulfilled your need for giving away your wealth. What have you lost?
Save the Children
Make a Wish
are NOT ripoffs. Unscrupulous con men invent “charities” with similar sounding names to confuse donors.
If you give to the ME foundation I guarantee 100% of the funds will go to ME.
I like adding info but two things have to happen:
1. I have to know where it is.
2. I have to have the time. I had to hand type that in HTML to make it look right. Took 10 mins but I felt it might help someone. (I don’t type very fast.)
They classify their organization as ‘not for profit’ but as you will see in the link, there is one individual who is profiting very nicely and that’s the head of the project, Steven Nardizzi. It wasn’t stated how much the celebrities and the vet’s ,who are under contract with them, get paid , that seems to missing in their report.
Here is the first link:http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842
Here’s another link concerning the ‘not for profit’ Nardizzi and his views on gun control:
The United Way is not a rip-off going by the 35% rule.
I have decide not to donate to them again, however, for personal reasons.
Yes the cop callers are the worst.
My thinking is this.
I have no problem with them having a cop club house. A clubhouse where I am not welcome by they way-—but they should pay for it themselves. Why should they solicit donations from the public to help them fund their clubhouse?
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