America’s 50 Worst Charities

The Tampa Bay Times and the Center For Investigative Reporting have collaborated on a expose’ they have titled America’s Worst Charities.  Fifty groups are examined and the full list is at the link.  CNN opens their report today with this:

The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday, Florida. Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. Most of the rest gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations. In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children to its corporate solicitors. An additional $4.8 million has gone to pay the charity’s founder and his own consulting firms. No charity in the nation has siphoned more money away from the needy over a longer period of time.

CNN notes that some of the listed charities deliberately mimic the names of well-regarded legitimate organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation in order to confuse donors. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

RELATED: The Tampa Bay Times has posted numerous articles and editorials in support of their report. Check them out.