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America – s 50 Worst Charities #st #judes #donations


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Aug 20, 2013 3:50pm PDT by Leslie Salzillo

When it comes to making donations, many of us have felt some angst in deciding where our money can do the most good. We often hear stories of ‘charities’ that are less than. charitable. In a recent report by Adrienne Hill on NPR’s Marketplace. Americans give more to charities, per capita, than any other developed country. In 2011, we gave $200 billion dollars.

Tampa Bay Times compiled a list of the Top 50 worst charities. Many names of the worst charities are very similar to legitimate charities. For instance, the number one worst charity, Kids Wish Network. sounds much too similar to. Make A Wish Foundation a legitimate respected organization, where donations go to helping very sick children see one of their dreams come true. With the Kids Wish Network, only 2.5% the $127.8 million they raised. went to direct cash aid. So where did the other millions go? $109 million of it went to paying solicitors to raise the money.

According to Kendall Taggart, of The Center For Investigating Reporting. many charities exist pretty much to pad the pockets and salaries of their founders. Often the value of goods that are shipped overseas cannot be verified. And then there are charitable goods shipped domestically that are outright insults to the recipients. One cancer victim in Knoxville, Tennessee, reached out to Cancer Fund of American to help with medical costs. He received a package containing paper cups, napkins and plates, along with children’s toys, you know, things that help a cancer patient pay for medical costs. The patient’s wife was so disgusted, she threw the entire package away.

Thankfully, there are a few reputable organizations online that can help us search charities to differentiate the good from the unscrupulous.

Here are the 50 of the worst charities, with the first being the worst. They are ranked by how much they raise, how much goes to pay the fund-raising solicitors, and how much goes to the actual charity. The title link above the list, will bring you to a page with an interactive chart and more information about charities in general.

America’s 50 Worst Charities

1. Kids Wish Network
2. Cancer Fund of America
3. Children’s Wish Foundation International
4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
5. Firefighters Charitable Foundation
6. Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
7. International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
8. National Veterans Service Fund
9. American Association of State Troopers
10.Children’s Cancer Fund of America

11. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
12. Youth Development Fund
13. Committee For Missing Children
14. Association for Firefighters and Paramedics
15. Project Cure (Bradenton, FL)
16. National Caregiving Foundation
17. Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth
18. United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
19. Vietnow National Headquarters
20. Police Protective Fund

21. National Cancer Coalition
22. Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation
23. American Foundation For Disabled Children
24. The Veterans Fund
25. Heart Support of America
26. Veterans Assistance Foundation
27. Children’s Charity Fund
28. Wishing Well Foundation USA
29. Defeat Diabetes Found
30. Disabled Police Officers of America Inc

31. National Police Defense Foundation
32. American Association of the Deaf Blin
33. Reserve Police Officers Association
34. Optimal Medical Foundation
35. Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation
36. Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center
37. Children’s Leukemia Research Association
38. United Breast Cancer Foundation
39. Shiloh International Ministries
40. Circle of Friends For American Veterans

41. Find the Children
42. Survivors and Victims Empowered
43. Firefighters Assistance Fund
44. Caring for Our Children Foundation
45. National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition
46. American Foundation for Children With AIDS
47. Our American Veterans
48. Roger Wyburn-Mason Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
49. Firefighters Burn Fund
50. Hope Cancer Fund

One of the most disturbing aspects of this list, is that the names of most of these pseudo charities are designed to pull the heartstrings of donors who think their money is going to help very sick children, women with breast cancer, veterans. when very little, if any is actually going to those in need. Makes me want to scream out their names on the highest mountain. I’ll have to settle with posting them here, as the best way to deal with this problem, is to become informed and ask charities questions like, “How much of my donation is actually going to this cause?.” I’m grateful to all those who have taken the time to compile this information, which helps many of us to discern where, and where not, to place our donations.

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Sources: Tampa Bay Times, Kendall Taggart/Center For Investigative Reporting, Adrienne Hill/NPR


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Best and Worst Charities for Your Donations

‘Tis the season for charitable giving. But before you write a check, make sure you do a charity check-up. The sad truth is that not all nonprofits put their money where their mission is.

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia charged four cancer charities with defrauding consumers of more than $187 million. Instead of helping cancer patients, the heads of the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society allegedly funneled donations into luxury cruises, college tuition for family members and friends, gym memberships, sporting event and concert tickets, and even dating website memberships.

And the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe led H. Art Taylor, president of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, to warn consumers about spurious solicitations for humanitarian help. (Use our advice to find out whether a charity is a scam .)

Then there’s the fact that even without being fraudulent, some charities routinely spend a larger amount of their donors’ dollars on administrative and fundraising costs than on programs that benefit people in need.

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Similar-sounding names can further confuse consumers. For example, while the Leukemia Lymphoma Society allocates $19 to raise $100 and funnels 73 percent of its budget to programs, the Childhood Leukemia Foundation spends $65 for every $100 it raises and targets just 27 percent of its budget to programs.

So before you donate, check out organizations you’re considering with charity watchdogs, which make it easier to see where your dollars have the greatest impact. The three major ones are: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Charity Navigator. and CharityWatch. They evaluate charities by looking at a number of factors, including how much of your donation actually reaches the causes you want to support.

To get the approval of the Wise Giving Alliance, for example, organizations must spend at least 65 percent of their donations on charitable program activities, and fundraising costs can’t exceed 35 percent.

CharityWatch gives its top rating to about a third of the more than 600 charities it evaluates. Charity Navigator, which looks at more than 8,000 organizations, many of them small and regional, lets you see which charities rate high by metro area. It also provides provides easy-to-follow lists, such as “10 top-notch charities” and, conversely, “10 consistently low-rated charities.”

Below are examples of high- and low-rated charities in various categories. As part of of this report on the best and worst charities, we looked for agreement—on positive and negative traits—among the three major watchdogs. Because not every group is evaluated by all three watchdogs, we relied in some cases on agreement by just two. We also left out highly rated charities that CharityWatch says obtain a considerable amount of income from the government (such as Save the Children).

In short, to ensure that your dollars will make the most difference, do your homework before you donate.


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America s 32 WORST Colleges PERIOD In 2015 When You Consider Absolutely Everything That Matters

The Daily Caller has already provided the epoch-making list of the best colleges in America for 2015 when you consider absolutely everything that matters. (RELATED: The 53 Best Colleges In America PERIOD)

Now, it s once again time for the world to know about the worst colleges in America. Period.

The one large caveat about the colleges and universities on this list is that they certainly aren t the lousiest schools from a purely academic standpoint. You are highly likely to find lesser-caliber coursework at the community college in your town, for example, or at obscure public universities with two or more cardinal directions in their names.

These schools are not community colleges or directional schools, though. They are, in fact, national and notable.

The schools on this list are here because they are the polar opposites of the 53 schools on TheDC s list of the best colleges. They tend to score low in several of the 10 overall categories.

A few are here because students regard the academics as mediocre, for example, or because the schools can t seem to graduate students in four years, or because they ll admit pretty much anyone with a pulse.

While some of these schools are relatively affordable, others are ridiculously expensive. The cost of a college education in the United States today is utterly out of hand. Colleges and universities have bloated their administrative staffs with entirely too many useless bureaucrats. They have built palatial dorms and gleaming athletic facilities — passing the cost right along to you, the education consumer. As a result, America s college graduates are in debt to America s bankers to the tune of $1.2 trillion.

Many of the schools on this list have landed here because the social life is dreadful. The ability to have a good time around cool people is critical. Don t let anybody tell you otherwise. College has become a four-year (or five-year, of six-year) party. You may as well join the fun. And you should consider the local quality of life. If there s nothing to do but go to Walmart or you are likely to get mugged, that matters.

A majority of the colleges and universities here almost 60 percent are located in just five populous, highly bureaucratic states. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have two schools. New Jersey and Illinois have three. Amazingly, New York contains nine.

At the same time, half a dozen schools on the list are public universities in big, square, Western states where ruggedness and rural life predominate.

Note also that several schools here almost 30 percent generally emphasize science and engineering. That s no coincidence. Students at engineering schools are notoriously unhappy with their heavy workloads and sometimes frustrated with their social lives. If they are unhappy, the odds are you ll also be unhappy.

Of course, graduates of science and engineering schools tend to obtain science and engineering degrees. At that point, they often end up considerably happier and wealthier than, say, some anthropology major at a liberal arts college. Building bridges beats working at Starbucks by most objective measures. But that s after — not during — school.

This year s list also captures return on investment, which is another big deal. You want to get a job when you get out of college, and you want to have a successful career that pays the bills and makes you happy. Return on investment is especially important to consider given the perpetually sluggish economy and weak job market. It s a problem now. It could very well be a problem a few years from now.

The schools on this year s worst colleges list are all over the place on return on investment as TheDC has measured it. Some are impressive. Others are not. There is no clear theme.

The full list is below. Just scroll down, or take a minute to read about the various parts of the list first.

Overall, there are no fewer than 10 categories. For academics, there is an overall academic rating. a professor-quality rating and a rating for the school s ability to graduate freshmen in four years (a good thing). There s also an admission rating. The harder the school is to get into, the higher this rating is.

Beyond academics, there is a social life rating. a student-attractiveness rating. and new for 2015 separate ratings for the campus and for the surrounding area. An idyllic, perfectly collegiate campus can be in the middle of nowhere. A dump of a campus can be located in a great place.

There is, of course, a rating for the cost of tuition and fees. which can really vary from school to school, and which can really affect your life later on if you take on a bunch of debt. (Please don t.)

New for this year is a score for return on investment. For various reasons, there are certain schools that are a golden ticket for the rest of your life. That may be sad and wrong and emblematic of a caste system, but it s true.

Finally, in a bonus category, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) provides a database tracking the frequently draconian speech policies at colleges and universities across the country. Fewer than two dozen receive a green light rating, meaning that the administration does not seriously imperil free speech on campus.

Exactly none of the 32 schools on this list has received a green-light rating from FIRE.

For each of well over 350 colleges and universities, TheDC has given each one a score in each category. The scores range between 4.00 and 0.00 just like a typical grade-point average.

In the list below, these ratings are rounded to the nearest half and presented as star ratings.

For each school s grand total, TheDC just added up each raw score. Drexel University is thus the worst school in the land for 2015, with a measly total raw score of just 19.30 just over half the score for the best school in the land: the University of Virginia (37.40) .

There s more about how the list are formulated if you scroll past the list itself.

THE TOP 10

THE REST

The rating for the cost of tuition and fees assumes in-state tuition for public schools. As you certainly know, if you go to a public school in a state where you can t claim residency, your tuition price is often astronomically higher. Also, cost does not include room and board, books and spending cash. The theory is that these costs are largely a wash because you have to eat, sleep somewhere and buy books wherever you attend college. Obviously, though, the cost of living in, say, Philadelphia, Pa. is considerably higher than it is in Vermillion, S.D.

For social, life. campus and locale. student hotness and the quality of professors. TheDC has relied heavily on an amalgamation of information at various websites featuring student-generated information about schools. For location and the campus, factual information is also part of the equation.

The overall rating for academics is a composite of student-generated data and hard data.

The data for four-year graduation rates and admission rates is all hard data.

For return on investment. the measurement is a proxy. It s a combination of the rate of alumni giving and other data.

Interestingly, by the way, the student-generated data appears to be self-inflating over time. Students are giving their professors great marks overall these days, for example. Students also appear to be rating themselves are more and more attractive.

Finally, again, the raw score is the cumulative raw score for a school s standing in each of the 10 categories. (Note that there are some ties. It happens. The tiebreaker is purely TheDC s preference.)

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When it comes to getting a loan for your small business, it may not come down to who you know, but where you go. Banking Grades. a new grading tool from Philadelphia-based MultiFunding. found that some of the nation’s biggest banks have the worst performances when it comes to small-business lending. Meanwhile, banks that recorded the best small-business lending performances are the ones most entrepreneurs have probably never heard of.

Banking Grades gathers data from quarterly FDIC call reports to grade banks’ small-business lending performance. Banks that use 25 percent or more of their total domestic deposits to make small-business loans — which MultiFunding defines as loans of under $1 million — get an A, while banks that use under 3 percent of their deposits to make small-business loans get an F. Small-business owners looking for a loan can easily search banks’ grades according to the banks’ zip code, city/state, name or address.

The big banks (defined as those with deposits of more than $10 billion) that ranked the highest for small-business lending are:

  1. Zions First National Bank, Salt Lake City. Grade: A (25.44 percent)
  2. First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, N.C. Grade: B (23.8 percent)
  3. Synovus Bank, Columbus, Ga. Grade: B (19.25 percent)
  4. Chase Bank Usa, National Association, Newark, Del. Grade: B (18.34 percent)
  5. Bancorpsouth Bank, Tupelo, Ms. Grade: B (17.13 percent)
  6. Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, National Association, Ogden, Utah. Grade: B (13.71 percent)
  7. Arvest Bank, Fayetteville, Ark. Grade: B (12.82 percent)
  8. Whitney Bank, New Orleans, La. Grade: B (12.02 percent)
  9. Capital One Bank (Usa), Glen Allen, Va. Grade: B (11.85 percent)
  10. Tcf National Bank, Sioux Falls, S.D. Grade: B (11.49 percent)

The big banks did not fare so well. Among the biggest banks that got an F according to Banking Grades are Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of New York, HSBC, Union Bank, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Discover Bank.

“In our opinion, big banks are not well equipped to lend to small businesses,” said Ami Kassar, founder and CEO of Multifunding, which helps small businesses find the best loans available to them. “They are simply too bureaucratic and complex to handle small-business loans well.”

“The report myopically ignores commitments — just a few months back, 13 major banks announced a landmark $20 billion commitment to increase lending to small businesses in underserved communities,” said Elise Brooks, director of communications for The Financial Services Roundtable, an association that represents the nation’s largest banks, insurance companies, securities firms and other financial institutions. “Additionally, small-business lending is more than just providing the financing for the loans themselves. Large financial institutions are leaders in non-lending ways as well. From offering financial education about putting together an attractive loan application to providing online resources, networking opportunities, and rebates for small-business owners — the breadth and depth of this commitment goes beyond a simple loans to deposits ratio.”

As far as the ranking of the 10 best banks overall for small-business lending, many of those tend to be smaller banks. All of these top 10 banks got an A grade:

  1. Farmers State Bank, Hosmer, S.D.
  2. Community Bank, Nevada, Iowa
  3. Farmers And Merchants Bank, Milligan, Neb.
  4. First Resource Bank, Savage, Minn.
  5. Wright Express Financial Services Corporation, Midvale, Utah
  6. Security State Bank, Sutherland, Iowa
  7. State Bank Of Lismore, Lismore, Minn.
  8. Bank Of Glen Ullin, Glen Ullin, N.D.
  9. Bank Of Lindsay, Lindsay, Neb.
  10. State Bank Of Colon, Colon, Neb.

This isn’t a coincidence, according to Kassar. “Smaller banks are generally much better at making small-business loans than big banks,” he said. “This is because the loan officers and the credit officers typically work in the same building and are able to work on a loan together and find the best way to get it done. Small-business loans typically require careful thought and creativity. There is almost always a twist. The smaller banks are much better able to handle this.”

While Banking Grades won’t necessarily help small businesses get a loan, it can save them time in the process of looking for one. “Proper access to capital for small-business owners and entrepreneurs is one of the most critical issues facing our economy. And despite this, it’s so tough to find the right bank or lender to go to,” Kassar said. “As a country, we put dozens of roadblocks and landmines in front of our job creators. If this makes it a little simpler to help create jobs, we will be thrilled.”

UPDATE: This story was updated to include comments from The Financial Services Roundtable.

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Best and Worst Charities for Your Donations – Consumer Reports #where #can #i #donate

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Best and Worst Charities for Your Donations

‘Tis the season for charitable giving. But before you write a check, make sure you do a charity check-up. The sad truth is that not all nonprofits put their money where their mission is.

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia charged four cancer charities with defrauding consumers of more than $187 million. Instead of helping cancer patients, the heads of the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society allegedly funneled donations into luxury cruises, college tuition for family members and friends, gym memberships, sporting event and concert tickets, and even dating website memberships.

And the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe led H. Art Taylor, president of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, to warn consumers about spurious solicitations for humanitarian help. (Use our advice to find out whether a charity is a scam .)

Then there’s the fact that even without being fraudulent, some charities routinely spend a larger amount of their donors’ dollars on administrative and fundraising costs than on programs that benefit people in need.

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Similar-sounding names can further confuse consumers. For example, while the Leukemia Lymphoma Society allocates $19 to raise $100 and funnels 73 percent of its budget to programs, the Childhood Leukemia Foundation spends $65 for every $100 it raises and targets just 27 percent of its budget to programs.

So before you donate, check out organizations you’re considering with charity watchdogs, which make it easier to see where your dollars have the greatest impact. The three major ones are: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Charity Navigator. and CharityWatch. They evaluate charities by looking at a number of factors, including how much of your donation actually reaches the causes you want to support.

To get the approval of the Wise Giving Alliance, for example, organizations must spend at least 65 percent of their donations on charitable program activities, and fundraising costs can’t exceed 35 percent.

CharityWatch gives its top rating to about a third of the more than 600 charities it evaluates. Charity Navigator, which looks at more than 8,000 organizations, many of them small and regional, lets you see which charities rate high by metro area. It also provides provides easy-to-follow lists, such as “10 top-notch charities” and, conversely, “10 consistently low-rated charities.”

Below are examples of high- and low-rated charities in various categories. As part of of this report on the best and worst charities, we looked for agreement—on positive and negative traits—among the three major watchdogs. Because not every group is evaluated by all three watchdogs, we relied in some cases on agreement by just two. We also left out highly rated charities that CharityWatch says obtain a considerable amount of income from the government (such as Save the Children).

In short, to ensure that your dollars will make the most difference, do your homework before you donate.


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The Do-Not-Donate List: America – s 10 Worst Charities #body #donation


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The Do-Not-Donate List: America s 10 Worst Charities

Jun 21, 2013, 3:00 pm EDT | By William White. InvestorPlace Writer

Donating money to a charity doesn t always mean that money is well spent.

TampaBayTimes has released its list of America s 50 worst charities to donate to.

Here are the top 10 from that list.

  1. Kids Wish Network . Sick children get less than 3 cents of every dollar raised.
  2. Cancer Fund of America . $98 million in donations, less than $1 million in direct cash aid.
  3. Children s Wish Foundation International . $3.6 million spent on ill kids, $6 million paid to fundraisers.
  4. American Breast Cancer Foundation . Paid its professional fundraisers close to 75 cents of every dollar made.
  5. Firefighters Charitable Foundation . Pays its for-profit solicitors 90 cents of every dollar raised.
  6. Breast Cancer Relief Foundation :Only a little more than 2% of donations raised were given to hospitals or cancer patients.
  7. International Union of Police Associations . $57 million made in the last decade, only $28,000 a year spent on survivor benefits.
  8. National Veterans Service Fund . Gives $500,000 a year to needy vets, but has made $70 million in the last 10 years.
  9. American Association of State Troopers . In the past eight years, the average percentage of funds spent on direct aid to members has been about 9%.
  10. Children s Cancer Fund of America . Raised $110 million in the last three years, paid more than $75 million to solicitors .

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In detail #27: Children s Charity Fund

Also doing business as: A Child s Wish Association of America

Ken Bowron, a motorcycle mechanic, started Children s Charity Fund in 1994. Now he draws a retirement check from the charity, which is run by his wife and daughter. In 2011, family members were paid more than three times the amount of cash spent on medical equipment and sick children s wishes.

Children s Charity Fund has been targeted by state regulators for its high fundraising costs and minimal services since soon after it was founded. In 1998, Vermont officials found that although the charity told donors that funds would help children in that state, total assistance amounted to $200 worth of walkers and canes dropped off at a hospital.

Over the past decade, Children s Charity Fund has been disciplined by six states for registration and solicitation issues and paid $3,750 in penalties. In 2011, it signed an agreement to stop soliciting in Iowa after its telemarketer there was closed by the state. But the charity continues to raise donations.

Interviewed in a cluttered office above her husband s motorcycle repair shop earlier this year, Sheryl Bowron said she s down to just a couple of telemarketers and donations are drying up. Speaking over a blaring television, she said, People here don t want to give until they need it.

In their own words: the Charity’s mission

Public education, children advocates, education grants, purchase medical equipment for handicapped and disabled children,toll free hotline, support non-profit daycares, and other programs ther board deem necessary. The organization has helped over 300 children and institutions around the us. Grant wishes for terminally ill children.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State

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Aug 20, 2013 3:50pm PDT by Leslie Salzillo

When it comes to making donations, many of us have felt some angst in deciding where our money can do the most good. We often hear stories of ‘charities’ that are less than. charitable. In a recent report by Adrienne Hill on NPR’s Marketplace. Americans give more to charities, per capita, than any other developed country. In 2011, we gave $200 billion dollars.

Tampa Bay Times compiled a list of the Top 50 worst charities. Many names of the worst charities are very similar to legitimate charities. For instance, the number one worst charity, Kids Wish Network. sounds much too similar to. Make A Wish Foundation a legitimate respected organization, where donations go to helping very sick children see one of their dreams come true. With the Kids Wish Network, only 2.5% the $127.8 million they raised. went to direct cash aid. So where did the other millions go? $109 million of it went to paying solicitors to raise the money.

According to Kendall Taggart, of The Center For Investigating Reporting. many charities exist pretty much to pad the pockets and salaries of their founders. Often the value of goods that are shipped overseas cannot be verified. And then there are charitable goods shipped domestically that are outright insults to the recipients. One cancer victim in Knoxville, Tennessee, reached out to Cancer Fund of American to help with medical costs. He received a package containing paper cups, napkins and plates, along with children’s toys, you know, things that help a cancer patient pay for medical costs. The patient’s wife was so disgusted, she threw the entire package away.

Thankfully, there are a few reputable organizations online that can help us search charities to differentiate the good from the unscrupulous.

Here are the 50 of the worst charities, with the first being the worst. They are ranked by how much they raise, how much goes to pay the fund-raising solicitors, and how much goes to the actual charity. The title link above the list, will bring you to a page with an interactive chart and more information about charities in general.

America’s 50 Worst Charities

1. Kids Wish Network
2. Cancer Fund of America
3. Children’s Wish Foundation International
4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
5. Firefighters Charitable Foundation
6. Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
7. International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
8. National Veterans Service Fund
9. American Association of State Troopers
10.Children’s Cancer Fund of America

11. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
12. Youth Development Fund
13. Committee For Missing Children
14. Association for Firefighters and Paramedics
15. Project Cure (Bradenton, FL)
16. National Caregiving Foundation
17. Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth
18. United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
19. Vietnow National Headquarters
20. Police Protective Fund

21. National Cancer Coalition
22. Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation
23. American Foundation For Disabled Children
24. The Veterans Fund
25. Heart Support of America
26. Veterans Assistance Foundation
27. Children’s Charity Fund
28. Wishing Well Foundation USA
29. Defeat Diabetes Found
30. Disabled Police Officers of America Inc

31. National Police Defense Foundation
32. American Association of the Deaf Blin
33. Reserve Police Officers Association
34. Optimal Medical Foundation
35. Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation
36. Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center
37. Children’s Leukemia Research Association
38. United Breast Cancer Foundation
39. Shiloh International Ministries
40. Circle of Friends For American Veterans

41. Find the Children
42. Survivors and Victims Empowered
43. Firefighters Assistance Fund
44. Caring for Our Children Foundation
45. National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition
46. American Foundation for Children With AIDS
47. Our American Veterans
48. Roger Wyburn-Mason Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
49. Firefighters Burn Fund
50. Hope Cancer Fund

One of the most disturbing aspects of this list, is that the names of most of these pseudo charities are designed to pull the heartstrings of donors who think their money is going to help very sick children, women with breast cancer, veterans. when very little, if any is actually going to those in need. Makes me want to scream out their names on the highest mountain. I’ll have to settle with posting them here, as the best way to deal with this problem, is to become informed and ask charities questions like, “How much of my donation is actually going to this cause?.” I’m grateful to all those who have taken the time to compile this information, which helps many of us to discern where, and where not, to place our donations.

Here are some reputable charity online navigators:

Sources: Tampa Bay Times, Kendall Taggart/Center For Investigative Reporting, Adrienne Hill/NPR


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In detail #27: Children s Charity Fund

Also doing business as: A Child s Wish Association of America

Ken Bowron, a motorcycle mechanic, started Children s Charity Fund in 1994. Now he draws a retirement check from the charity, which is run by his wife and daughter. In 2011, family members were paid more than three times the amount of cash spent on medical equipment and sick children s wishes.

Children s Charity Fund has been targeted by state regulators for its high fundraising costs and minimal services since soon after it was founded. In 1998, Vermont officials found that although the charity told donors that funds would help children in that state, total assistance amounted to $200 worth of walkers and canes dropped off at a hospital.

Over the past decade, Children s Charity Fund has been disciplined by six states for registration and solicitation issues and paid $3,750 in penalties. In 2011, it signed an agreement to stop soliciting in Iowa after its telemarketer there was closed by the state. But the charity continues to raise donations.

Interviewed in a cluttered office above her husband s motorcycle repair shop earlier this year, Sheryl Bowron said she s down to just a couple of telemarketers and donations are drying up. Speaking over a blaring television, she said, People here don t want to give until they need it.

In their own words: the Charity’s mission

Public education, children advocates, education grants, purchase medical equipment for handicapped and disabled children,toll free hotline, support non-profit daycares, and other programs ther board deem necessary. The organization has helped over 300 children and institutions around the us. Grant wishes for terminally ill children.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State

Charity details

2.4 % spent on direct cash aid


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