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
I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do. I mean, There but for the grace of God go I, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore?
A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for.
50 of the worst charities were looked at and it was concluded that they received 1 billion dollars over the last ten years, but the charities received only 50 million. Where did the money go? Well, the majority of the funds collected went to solicitors. These are the people who go out and raise the funds and collect the donations. This basically amounts to them raising money to pay themselves.
There are still many, many charities that actually distribute the majority of the monies collected to the intended recipients but these days it is wise to look before you open your wallet. For instance, one of the worst charities listed is an organization called Kids Wish Network that is supposed to collect money for terminally ill children and grant their wishes. Sound suspiciously familiar? The name is awfully close to the very legitimate Make A Wish Foundation which promises the same thing.
This is where the donor can be conned. Many people are told the names of these organizations and they feel that they have heard of them and what they do, so out comes the checkbook. Unfortunately they dont realize that the Kids Wish Network raised $127 million dollars, paid their solicitors $109 million, paid their employees most of the remaining funds leaving less than 3% for granting wishes!
The 50 worst charities give less than 4% of donations raised to direct cash aid. One diabetes charity raised almost $14 million dollars over a ten year period and gave about $10,000 to patients. Another cancer charity paid a company owned by the presidents son almost $18 million dollars over eight years to solicit funds.
The specific kinds of charities that pay for-profit corporations to raise the majority of their donations regularly give their solicitors over two-thirds of the take. Good charities should spend no more than 35 cents to raise a dollar.
So the reality is that the 50 worst charities raised more than $1.3 billion over the past decade and paid nearly $1 billion of that to the companies that raise their donations. Out of $1.3 billion dollars the charities received less than 4%. Had that money gone to the charities in the correct way it would have been able to build 20,000 Habitat For Humanity Homes, 7 million wheelchairs or provide nearly 10 million uninsured women, mammograms.
There are hundreds if not thousands of these bad charities that are taking money from sincere donors who faithfully believe that their hard earned money is going to the people it was intended for. Particularly disheartening are the Veterans organizations that pretend to send aid to disabled vets. The sad part is that many Veterans organizations ARE legitimate and they have to defend themselves because some other dishonest charity has poisoned the well.
In the wake of the IRS scandals, one would think that the red flags would have been raised on these organizations when their papers were filed every year. That however was not the case. The IRS was too busy targeting Tea Party and conservative groups to check on the American people being ripped off by the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The bottom line is we live in a world where fraud and deceit are running rampant. These rip-off charities have no qualms about taking our money and keeping it for themselves. Before donating, do your due diligence and check out the list of the 50 worst charities. Our money should go where we intend it to and if the government wont help monitor this situation then like everything else, we have to do it ourselves.
Yep, same thing during the hurricane. So many people were angry with the Red Cross. OTOH, the Salvation Army would give the shirt off their back.
... has had one of the worst returns of the major charities for years.
St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Both excellent choices.
Like my DAD said about the red cross charging for do-nuts during WW-II , found out myself 25-years later they were still doing the same,
rip offs: united way, red cross (present day not past)
Same here, see my #64 post
My dads army unit came off the front lines in the battle of the bulge in WWII. They were shot up,starving etc ....the Red Cross tried to sell them hot coffee and a donut...they refused to pay......he never donated to them in his life...neither will I
Yep. My parents would tell about them charging for coffee in Michigan that just had a deadly tornado destroy most of a town. Think this was in the 50’s.
From what I have read on their website, seen on charity rating sites and from local news reports, Convoy of Hope out of Springfield MO is one of the better charities that about 90% is spent on helping and the rest is used for fundraising and admin costs.
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