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Today, I got a call from a fundraiser for the American Veterans Support Organization asking if I would support their efforts to provide care packages for needy veterans. Here is the question everyone needs to ask before giving to what seems to be a good cause: How much of your donation actually goes to the cause? Most professional fundraisers do not want to answer that question, because they know they are taking their salary right off the top. The Better Business Bureau Charitable Accountability Standards say that a fundraiser should give at least 65% of your donation to the cause and that less than 35% should go to expenses. In this case, the fundraiser told me that 10% of my donation actually goes to the veterans. I told him that he should be ashamed of himself for using our proud veterans in that manner-- and he hung up.
There are a lot of worthy causes out there. The answer to that one question can mean a lot for those charities that adhere to BBB standards (find them at .http://www.bbb.org/us/standards-for-charity-accountability/)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Green Forever on 2/6/2013 at 5:29 PM
I believe Tom Brokaw broke this story during a "fleecing of America" segment in 1997.
The non profit world is interesting. Not sure he knew the answers to these questions...wasn't hiding anything.
Not many non profits are endowed. They live year to year based on big grants.
As long as you give back to your causes/community in some way that's great.
Heard a great quote: giving back is the rent you pay for being in this earth.
I believe that's Steven Covey
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