Non-Profit Report Exposes The 10 Worst Charities In America (VIDEO)

A groundbreaking ten-year study by The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting has exposed a number of high profile US charities for failing to pass on donations to people in need.

The study underscores the issue of the corporatization of charity – charities serving primarily as businesses, with their philanthropic aims subordinated to job creation.  In short while givers believe they are donating to keep impoverished children off the streets, they’re actually paying to keep that charity collector ON the street.

The teams crunched the numbers of over 11,100 US charities.  They compared the funds raised through soliciting for donations, to the amount of that money which actually ends up handed over as cash aid to the recipients – and found a startling figure.

Of almost $1 billion raised over the decade, just $43.9m ended up as direct cash aid.  More than $900m funded soliciting for the donations.

003 Scott BrownAmong the very worst offenders, less than 1% of cash donated actually went to the cause or people for whom the charity purports to raise money.  So, here are the Top 10 Worst Charities in America…don’t donate to these guys this Christmas unless you’re clear you just want to keep these people in jobs.

1. The Kids Wish Network

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The Kids Wish Network describes itself as “an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.”

Their website claims that “100% of contributions directed to Kids Wish Network’s Guardian Angel Fund will go directly to supporting our kids through our services and programs.”  According to the report, of the $137 million collected by fundraisers, $115 million was spent on soliciting those donations – meaning the charity donated just 2.5% of funds raised to direct cash aid.

2. Cancer Fund of America

Headquarters of Cancer Fund of America (Image via: CIR Online)

Headquarters of Cancer Fund of America (Image via: CIR Online)

This charity declares that its principle mission is to provide cancer victim support to the ill and needy.”  But if their spending priorities are anything to go by, then the real priority is staying in business. Of the $86.8 million collected for the fund, a whopping $74.5 million was spent on fundraising – and just 1% went to its so-called ‘principle mission.’

3. Children’s Wish Foundation International

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CWFI presents itself to donors as “a non-profit wish granting organization founded on the premise that seriously ill children regardless of race, color creed, religion, or economic status, are not able to experience a normal, carefree childhood”.

But the charity blows $61.2m of the $92.7 million raised on raising that money – with just 10% of funds spent on making children’s wishes come true.

4. The Firefighter’s Charitable Foundation

Image via Tampa Bay Times

Image via Tampa Bay Times

Firefighters Charitable Foundation was created to provide financial assistance to people who have been affected by a fire or disaster. But fewer than 8 cents in every dollar donated makes it through to that purpose.

5. International Union of Police Associations – AFL-CIO

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The IUPA claims to be “steadfastly dedicated to our mission: to improve the lives of public safety officers”. But the figures tell another story.  In the last decade, the charity solicited $66m in donations, but spent $50.4m soliciting those donations.  They handed over a shameful 0.5% of funds to their core purpose.

6. Breast Cancer Relief Foundation

Image via National Cancer Coalition

Image via National Cancer Coalition

 

The foundation claims it “serves women in need in the United States and around the globe by supporting breast cancer awareness and education, prevention, medical assistance and relief, and innovative research”.  But over the last decade, just 2 cents of every dollar donated has gone to this mission.

7. American Association of State Troopers

003 Scott BrownThis ‘fraternal organization’ spends almost ten times as much on collecting money as it does on its State Trooper brothers, with just 8.9% of $48.1 million raised being gifted in aid.

8. National Veteran’s Service Fund

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The NVSF claims it “is dedicated to helping serve veterans and their families.”, but not quite as dedicated as it is to perpetuating its own existence.  It spends less than 8 cents of every dollar donated on this purpose.

9. Children’s Cancer Fund of America

Image via CIR Online

Image via CIR Online

The CCFA claims to be “dedicated to relieving stress and suffering by providing aid, funds, financial assistance and in-kind grants to children suffering from cancer and their families”.  But it passes on just 4.6% of funds raised to these causes.

10.  Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

003 Scott BrownThe aim of foundation is “improving the mental, social and emotional well-being of these families while helping to minimize the devastation that cancer can cause.” But of every dollar donated in this pursuit, less than 1 cent will be spent on children with cancer.

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You can see the full study for yourself here.