Friday, June 14, 2013

Won’t You Give?

The Tampa Bay Times has a series of reports on America’s worst charities; the ones that say they raise money for a cause but keep most of the receipts for the people who run them or payback to their corporate solicitors.

The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday, [Florida].

Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families.

Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids.

Most of the rest gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations.

In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children to its corporate solicitors. An additional $4.8 million has gone to pay the charity’s founder and his own consulting firms.

No charity in the nation has siphoned more money away from the needy over a longer period of time.

But Kids Wish is not an isolated case, a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Using state and federal records, the Times and CIR identified nearly 6,000 charities that have chosen to pay for-profit companies to raise their donations.

Then reporters took an unprecedented look back to zero in on the 50 worst — based on the money they diverted to boiler room operators and other solicitors over a decade.

These nonprofits adopt popular causes or mimic well-known charity names that fool donors. Then they rake in cash, year after year.

The nation’s 50 worst charities have paid their solicitors nearly $1 billion over the past 10 years that could have gone to charitable works.

It’s a huge racket, mostly unchecked by regulators, and gets away with screwing over both donors and the people they’re claiming to help, and making millions for the operators.

But the I.R.S. looked into the Tea Party and that’s a huge scandal.

Here’s the list of the worst charities.

(PS: If you feel like giving, there’s always your favorite blog….)

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  1. One that should be on the list is the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer charity. Only 17% of their take goes to cancer research. The rest goes to pay for pink ribbons, promotional ads and staff. This year many of the races for the cure had to be canceled because women are finally catching on.

  2. I’m printing out an alphabetized list of the 50 worst and keeping it near my phone, just in case any of these scumbags call me.

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