Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Only 3% Goes To Kids...No One Cares

by Gary Snyder

CNN, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have identified Kids Wish Network as the nation’s worst charity. It is spending $109 million out of $127 million raised ( less than 3 percent) on payments to fundraisers—including a firm related to the charity’s founder. 


Not a single peep from the charitable sector leadership. Not from our highest court, either…maybe an endorsement…where the Supreme Court case in 2003, Madigan v. Telemarketing Associates, concerning the telemarketing activities of a veterans charity called Viet Now, which spent less than four percent of its fundraising on actual services to veterans, that was exactly part of the argument used by the amici curiae: There was an educational function to the telemarketing pitches, and to regulate the telemarketing would be an infringement on the nonprofits’ First Amendment rights. (NPQ source)

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