Thursday, March 6, 2014

2/3 of donations don't make it to charities

by Gary Snyder

For every $1 raised for charity, paid telemarketers working in New York kept 62 cents on average, leaving just 38 cents to the charities themselves, according to a new report by the New York attorney general's Charities Bureau.

The annual "Pennies for Charity" fundraising report that was recently released by the New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau disclosed some shocking news last week. According to the report, telemarketing firms raised a record $249.3 million in 2012, which was the last year that data is available for. 

The 62 cents on every dollar raised don’t necessarily go to the telemarketer directly but may be distributed throughout the telemarketing firm contracted to make the calls. 

As an example, the WSJ noted that In 2012, "91 campaigns netted more for the telemarketers than for a charity. In 80% of campaigns, nonprofits either lost money or retained less than half of what was raised." (source)

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