Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Guilty of Charity Fraud

As if we needed more proof that donors need to research the charities requesting their support and be especially weary of groups (often soliciting by phone) purporting to support causes that tug at our heartstrings (such as military, police, fireman and sick kids), there comes news about George Borden. What did Borden do? An investigation by the Massachusetts AG’s office revealed that while Borden was claiming to raise money for charities that support disabled veterans and retired police, he was really spending the donations on himself.

In this case, more than a thousand donors were duped out of more than one hundred thousand dollars. Sadly, this case is not unique. Bogus and inefficient fundraising schemes occur throughout the US.

1 comment :

Eric Hubler said...

I'm not sure if it's exactly a fraud or not, but I'd like to know what others think about Daily Source. See "Volunteer mush" at http://thegestureblog.blogspot.com/.