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July 06, 2013 – Comments (5)

This Tampa Tribune list of the 50 worst charities in America popped up in a LinkedIn article.

More important than the list of charities with less than stellar financial records is a group of links to "Resources for checking nonprofits" on at the lower left of the Tampa Tribune list page.  I know a number of folks here support charities or may be looking for organizations that support specific causes - the links should be useful for checking in to an organization or finding one that's a good match for a cause.

I'm not familar with all the resources for digging in to charities, but have used Charity Navigator before and it's pretty easy to navigate.

Fool on!

Russ

 

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 06, 2013 at 9:46 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.69) wrote:

Whew!...

Neither the Salvation Army nor the homeless dude were on the list.

The integrity of The FoxForce5Contest remains intact.

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#2) On July 07, 2013 at 3:35 PM, awallejr (85.51) wrote:

The one that drives (no pun intended) me nuts is the Car-for-Kids song on the radio all the time. I switch channels whenever it starts.  Basically asks for you to donate your car and you get a tax deduction.  It never tells you what exactly do they do.  I guess the word "kids" is all you need to know.

It didn't show up in the charity navigator.

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#3) On July 07, 2013 at 3:38 PM, awallejr (85.51) wrote:

As a further thought they really do need to make a requirement that at least 85% of monies received actually go for direct aid of the charity subject matter in order to keep its charity status.

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#4) On July 07, 2013 at 6:34 PM, rd80 (98.31) wrote:

I don't know about 85%.  I could see cases where staffing, admin and legitimate fundraising costs might be well over 15%. 

But, the best of the fifty orgs on the list only put a little more than 10% towards direct aid.  No way they should be able to keep their tax advantaged status at that level, unless I'm not understanding the accounting and there's some way to spend the money on the mission that doesn't fall under direct cash aid.

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#5) On July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM, elcid24 (52.10) wrote:

As a further thought they really do need to make a requirement that at least 85% of monies received actually go for direct aid of the charity subject matter in order to keep its charity status.

No way that would/could ever happen. 

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