Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The Firefighters Are Still Calling
As we have mentioned before, when charities call, you are better of putting the phone down, and, if you believe in the mission of the organization, donate directly to them. There is even more concern when fire service organizations call. As we have seen in previous blog entries, firefighter charities are notorious for using professional fundraising companies to solicit funds on their behalf, with usually a very large percentage of donations going to the professional fundraiser instead of the charity itself. A newspaper article in today’s Hartford Courant explains that this is happening to yet another 0 star charity. The Association for Firefighters and Paramedics is under investigation by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for suspect fundraising tactics. The AG’s office is unsure whether the organization is even aware that calls are being made in Connecticut. For donors having encounters with professional fundraisers, please hang up, and if you are so inclined, use our tips to ensure the organization of your choice receives all your money, without a percentage being directed elsewhere.