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The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs
« on: June 13, 2013, 08:30:57 PM »
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The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs

    $970.6 million cash paid to solicitors
    $380.3 million cash to the charities
    $49.1 million to direct cash aid

* Watchdog groups say no more than 35 percent of donations should go to fundraising costs. There is no standard for how much should be be spent on direct cash aid.

Totals from the latest 10 years of available federal tax filings

Rank   Charity name   Total raised by solicitors   Paid to solicitors   % spent on direct cash aid

1    Kids Wish Network    $127.8 million    $109.8 million    2.5%

2    Cancer Fund of America    $98.0 million    $80.4 million    0.9%

3    Children's Wish Foundation International    $96.8 million    $63.6 million    10.8%

4    American Breast Cancer Foundation    $80.8 million    $59.8 million    5.3%

5    Firefighters Charitable Foundation    $63.8 million    $54.7 million    8.4%

6    Breast Cancer Relief Foundation    $63.9 million    $44.8 million    2.2%

7    International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO    $57.2 million    $41.4 million    0.5%

8    National Veterans Service Fund    $70.2 million    $36.9 million    7.8%

9    American Association of State Troopers    $45.0 million    $36.0 million    8.6%

10    Children's Cancer Fund of America    $37.5 million    $29.2 million    5.3%

11    Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation    $34.7 million    $27.6 million    0.6%

12    Youth Development Fund    $29.7 million    $24.5 million    0.8%

13    Committee For Missing Children    $26.9 million    $23.8 million    0.8%

14    Association for Firefighters and Paramedics    $23.2 million    $20.8 million    3.1%

15    Project Cure (Bradenton, FL)    $51.5 million    $20.4 million    0.0%

16    National Caregiving Foundation    $22.3 million    $18.1 million    3.5%

17    Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth    $19.6 million    $16.1 million    0.0%

18    United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association    $23.1 million    $15.9 million    0.6%

19    Vietnow National Headquarters    $18.1 million    $15.9 million    2.9%

20    Police Protective Fund    $34.9 million    $14.8 million    0.8%

21    National Cancer Coalition    $41.5 million    $14.0 million    1.1%

22    Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation    $14.5 million    $13.7 million    0.4%

23    American Foundation For Disabled Children    $16.4 million    $13.4 million    0.8%

24    The Veterans Fund    $15.7 million    $12.9 million    2.3%

25    Heart Support of America    $33.0 million    $11.0 million    3.4%

26    Veterans Assistance Foundation    $12.2 million    $11.0 million    10.5%

27    Children's Charity Fund    $14.3 million    $10.5 million    2.3%

28    Wishing Well Foundation USA    $12.4 million    $9.8 million    4.6%

29    Defeat Diabetes Foundation    $13.8 million    $8.3 million    0.1%

30    Disabled Police Officers of America Inc.    $10.3 million    $8.1 million    2.5%

31    National Police Defense Foundation    $9.9 million    $7.8 million    5.8%

32    American Association of the Deaf & Blind    $10.3 million    $7.8 million    0.1%

33    Reserve Police Officers Association    $8.7 million    $7.7 million    1.1%

34    Optimal Medical Foundation    $7.9 million    $7.6 million    1.0%

35    Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation    $9.0 million    $7.6 million    1.0%

36    Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center    $8.2 million    $6.9 million    0.1%

37    Children's Leukemia Research Association    $9.8 million    $6.8 million    11.1%

38    United Breast Cancer Foundation    $11.6 million    $6.6 million    6.3%

39    Shiloh International Ministries    $8.0 million    $6.2 million    1.3%

40    Circle of Friends For American Veterans    $7.8 million    $5.7 million    6.5%

41    Find the Children    $7.6 million    $5.0 million    5.7%

42    Survivors and Victims Empowered    $7.7 million    $4.8 million    0.0%

43    Firefighters Assistance Fund    $5.6 million    $4.6 million    3.2%

44    Caring for Our Children Foundation    $4.7 million    $4.1 million    1.6%

45    National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition    $4.8 million    $4.0 million    0.0%

46    American Foundation for Children With Aids    $5.2 million    $3.0 million    0.0%

47    Our American Veterans    $2.6 million    $2.3 million    2.3%

48    Roger Wyburn-Mason & Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease    $8.4 million    $1.8 million    0.0%

49    Firefighters Burn Fund    $2.0 million    $1.7 million    1.5%

50    Hope Cancer Fund    $1.9 million    $1.6 million    0.5%

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Resources for checking nonprofits

    A list of solicitors used by the worst 50
    A list of the worst 50, with addresses
    ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer
    Guidestar's research website
    GiveWell does in-depth research into a small number of worthy charities
    Charity Navigator's charity evaluation website
    CharityWatch's charity rating service
    The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving website

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Re: The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 10:02:09 AM »
There's so much duplication of effort. How many foundations claim to be raising money for the exact same cause, e.g., breast cancer research, granting wishes to sick children, blahblahblah? Is that really necessary (ignoring, for the moment, the fact that so many of them essentially are frauds, as this list shows)?
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Re: The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 04:36:10 PM »
Yesterday on Fox Shep Smith had a report from Geri Willis about the money raised by the Connecticut United Way for Sandy Hook victims.  They raised $40 million dollars!  Problem is United Way has not disbursed the money - even though it was earmarked by the donors for the victims they are using it for "research into violence" and other nonsense..... like Willis said how difficult would it have been to take the number of victims and divide it into the $40 million and write a freaking check!  and now they are saying of the $40 million the most that will go to the victims is $7 million - they are keeping what they did not use on their research project in case they need it for the future..........


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Re: The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 08:27:08 PM »
Con-artists seeking to raise money by choosing a familiar name to another charity... and unions. About what I expected.


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