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Have you been contributing to the worst charities in America?

A Florida paper has been publishing an ongoing series on which charities keep the largest percentage of donations for themselves and/or have shady accounting practices. The link to the entire series is here:

The link for the list of the 50 worst offenders is here:

Mainly children, cancer patients, veterans and civil servants being exploited for those.


What method(s) do you use to check out the charities you support?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 4:43 PM on Jun. 13, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Nope. But we do not donate a lot at once to any charity. The only group we donate large amounts to is Autism Speaks. Other than that is is a few dollars here and there to March of Dimes, Our local Spectrum group and other things you run across in check out lines to 'round up' or add a dollar, ect...

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:49 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • Nope... we only donate to the summer camp that I worked at for years. I was on the Board so I really do know how the money is used.

    Scary how many law enforcement agencies are on that list!!

    Answer by Crafty26 at 4:53 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • I donate directly to things I know 100% of my money is going to the person in need.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 5:27 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • For the most part, I like to contribute to local charities where I know the people and believe in what they're doing. But looking at what portion of donations goes for administration costs is pretty effective. I have a bachelor's in nonprofit management so I know a lot of ways charities tend to hide administration costs in other parts of the budget, but generally if you get a place that gives eighty percent or more of the money it takes in through fundraising to those who are supposed to benefit, that's not too bad.

    Answer by Ballad at 5:29 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • The largest charity we donate to is Smile Train. They provide cleft palate surgery to poor children around the world including the US. They spend less than 20% of money raised on staff and fundraising. The rest goes to providing surgery.

    They way I confirm this and any charity is to check them on the BBB (Better Business Bureau) website which has a 20 point checklist that a charity must pass before BBB declares them certified.

    Answer by tessiedawg at 6:11 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • I donate to United Way. 89% of what is raised goes back into the community.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 7:09 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • if i had money to donate to charities, i would look into what they do with the money at the local level. but at this moment donating to charities is not in the budget...someday...

    Answer by okmanders at 7:43 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • We don't donate to any of those on the list.

    Sad that children with AIDS get exploited for nothing in return.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 7:51 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • No.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:32 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • Wow- that's quite a list. Thanks for sharing that. Luckily I don't donate to any of them, but the Kids Wish one called me recently. I thought it sounded shady, b/c I had only heard of the Make A Wish foundation. The only charities I donate to are local.


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:47 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

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