The good news is that
However, in the charitable world there’s another side which is not so positive. The bad news rests squarely on organizations that front as charities but through greed and false promises they accept funds for good causes, but the money goes into the organizers’ pockets instead.
The Department of Justice’s 20 Worst Charities list is an annual review of organizations that spend the vast majority of their donations on fundraising and other administrative costs rather than charity.
All of the organizations profiled are registered to solicit in
Charities are required to file periodic financial reports with the Oregon Department of Justice documenting their national fundraising and expenditures and explaining how donations were spent. Under guidelines issued by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), organizations should dedicate at least 65 percent of their funds to charitable programs, with no more than 35 percent toward administrative and fundraising costs.
Topping the list of the most unscrupulous is the Law Enforcement Education Program of Troy, Michigan. The group spent less than 2.7 percent of its $2.3 million in annual expenditures on creating and supporting educational programs for the law enforcement community – its purported charitable mission.
State law requires
Under current law, the Department of Justice cannot dictate how charities spend the funds they raise. So it is up to us, as contributors, to do some basic research to ensure our money is put to the use for which it is intended. Our job is to be vigilant in researching where we contribute.
Most donors have no idea where the money they contribute goes. They just assume, the charity is using it for its intended cause.
By volunteering with an organization you can be assured that your efforts are going directly to the cause you care about. You will also be made more aware of where intended funds go.
Compare this to the State of
We are not as generous as we could be:
In Central Oregon there are hundreds of reputable nonprofits doing exceptional work, collecting funds that actually help specific causes or those in need.
A list of local nonprofit organizations, there’s at least 150 in
Free wise giving advice and charity reports are available through the following resources:
Better Business Bureau: akorww.bbb.org/charity
Oregon Department of Justice: doj.state.or.us/charigroup
Internal Revenue Service: irs.gov/charities-&-non-profits
Charity Navigator: charitynavigator.org