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Friday, October 31, 2014

Scary Truths About Giving That Every Donor Should Know

  • Some charities are so inefficient that they fail to even apply one third of their budget toward their mission (when we find such groups, they automatically are assigned a 0-star rating).
  • When donors give small donations to many charities they end up on many mailing lists.  That is because it may be more advantageous for a charity to sell your name to other organizations then cultivate more donations form you over time. 
  • Some charities are not even transparent enough to display the names of their key staff and Board of Directors on their website.
  • Those annoying telemarketers calling you at dinnertime often keep the majority of what you donate (sometimes 85 to 95 cents of every dollar they raise). That’s millions of dollars each year that go towards enriching for-profit telemarketers rather than supporting charitable programs. Even scarier, there are cases in which no money is distributed to the charity. 

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