Thursday, July 25, 2013

Livestrong Tanking: Part 2

By Gary Snyder

Some fed up donors are planning on filing a lawsuit against Livestrong to get their money back, but their complaints go far beyond Lance Armstrong’s drug use.

Some fired up fundraisers have outlined a laundry list of reasons as to why the nonprofit should return their money, but there’s little mention of the founder’s fall from grace, CBS reports.

One disgruntled donor estimates that he’s given about $50,000 to the nonprofit and that he’s also encouraged friends and family to give an additional $15,000. He shared his slew of grievances with CBS, which includes the fact that he wasn’t aware that the nonprofit was phasing out its funding of cancer research projects. His primary complaint, though, was how Livestrong sold its name in 2008 for $2.5 million to a media company that now runs the for-profit site,, which advertises health and fitness products, a move he and other experts say could confuse do-gooders looking to contribute to the organization.
Major credit card, clothing and food companies often license the names of charities to promote their products, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. “Cause marketing is not illegal, nor is it uncommon,” Jennifer Amanda Jones wrote in Nonprofit Quarterly in a piece about the Livestrong lawsuit.
"I gave you this money, and worked for you and asked other people for this money in good faith," Birdsong told CBS. "We were suckers. We got taken. That's the way sometimes we feel about it."
Some others  donors, in October, came forward and said that they felt duped by the mission and wanted their money back.

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