Thursday, May 9, 2013

YOU WERE WARNED: More Cancer Charities Gaming the Public


by Gary Snyder

Nonprofit Imperative has warned its readers about the problems associated with cancer charities, particularly breast cancer. Now we see a number of them coming clean. There will be more stepping forward!

This expose was uncovered, in large measure, by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (We should support our media or the risks associated with charity malfeasance will explode faster that it already has)

Less than two weeks after the Christian relief charity World Help reported that it had overstated its 2011 revenues by 1,400 percent, in large part because it said it had overvalued medicine it provided to other charities, one of its beneficiaries is taking similar, though smaller, action.

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, in Harrisburg, Pa., said it would lower its 2011 revenues by removing the value associated with the Gardasil HPV vaccine it received from World Help and then donated to a charity in Ghana.

Greg Anderson, the group’s founder, did not specify exactly how much the revenue would change, but the vaccine was valued at $4.1-million, which accounted for 34 percent of the group’s revenue.

World Help, which last fall ranked No. 77 on The Chronicle’s list of 400 charities that raise the most from private sources, lowered its 2011 revenue last month from the $239-million it reported to the Internal Revenue Service to just $17-million. Nearly all of its revenue came from the value it estimated for the medications, food, and other supplies that it received from other charities to deliver overseas.

But an examination by The Chronicle last year revealed that those other charities—Catholic Medical Mission Board, Cross International, and Direct Relief International—said they had not provided the roughly $350-million worth of medicines over three years to World Help, as listed in the Forest, Va., charity’s tax filings.

World Help’s 940-percent revenue growth since 2007 had been driven almost entirely by the value of those donated goods.

This chart from Michigan attorney general's data is worth noting:

Charity
Gross Receipts
% to Charity

The Breast Cancer Charities of America, Inc.


$5,028,983
15.0%
The Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
$2,429,883
15.0%
The Breast Cancer Society, Inc.

$9,893,845
15.0%
Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc.


$2,272,942
10.0%
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.

$132,327
$2,525,271
$336,626
$543,097
$14,046
14.0%
19.1%
13.0%
11.0%
17.4%
Cancer Survivors' Fund

$1,093,608
10.0%
National Children Leukemia Foundation Inc

$54,199

15.0%
The National Children's Cancer Society, Inc.



$2,680,696
41.4%
National Foundation for Cancer Research


$176,296
20.8%
United Breast Cancer Foundation


$43,510
30.0%
United Breast Cancer Research Society, Inc.


$490,235
10.0%
Woman to Woman Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.




$2,354,949
$1,534,151
$123,364
10.0%
10.0%
35.0%
Breast Cancer Charities of America
$2,765,940
15%
Breast Cancer Society
$9,893,845
15.0%
Cancer Fund of America

$2,525,271
19.1%
Cancer Recovery Foundation of America
$4,085,181
15.1%
Children with Hair Loss
$1,360,321
17.5%
Children's Cancer Fund of America
$1,955,979
19.4%
Prevent Cancer Foundation


$126,081
$0 0.0%
Mission of Hope Cancer Fund


$441,179
20.0%
Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center


$721,706
41.6%
Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc.


$964,155
18.0%
Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Inc.


$403,687
13.0%
American Institute for Cancer Research


$837,249
21.4%

© Gary R. Snyder, All Rights Reserved, 2013 







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