You might want to reconsider the monetary gifts you offer to some of the world’s largest ‘charitable’ organizations. A revealing set of evidence suggests that your money doesn’t go to help those in need, but those in greed.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been criticized heavily for the ‘charitable’ work they do – like ‘funding’ cancer drugs that were illegally tested on indigenous young girls in India. Later the Indian government took the Gates’ to trial, but their foundation raised millions from unsuspecting donors, which were then used to treat unknowing people like guinea pigs.
Gates could easily end world hunger with his wealth, but instead he chooses to give it to corporations while being protected as a 501(c)(3). Though this is a more gross form of money mismanagement, there are many ‘non-profit’ organizations that not only do damage to society, but make some serious profit off of our collective good intentions.
Though there are some really responsible charitable organizations out there which shouldn’t be overlooked, there are quite a few, even household names, which are nothing but scams.
Here are just a few facts about popular charitable organizations that may have you rethinking where you place your hard-earned, cash donations.
American Red Cross
President and CEO, Marsha J. Evans annual salary is $651,957 plus expenses. Only .39 cents of every dollar raised goes to causes.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Gave a $2.5 billion dollar grant to the World Health Organization who has furthered eugenicist propaganda, and also owns loads of stock in Monsanto and Cargill, two companies pushing genetically modified food and herbicides which cause cancer.
Childhood Leukemia Foundation
Spends $65 for every $100 raised and only 27% of money goes toward programs which help children.
The CEO earns $1,200,000 per year, along with the exclusive use of a Royal Royce, and an expense account that is rumored to be well over $150,000. Just pennies from every actual donation goes to UNICEF causes amounting to less than $0.14 per dollar of income.
The president earns an annual salary of $375,00 but also has a fully paid membership to two golf clubs, a yacht club, and receives two company gold cards for ‘expenses.’ Only .51 cents of every dollar given goes to causes.
World Vision (Canada)
The president of this ‘charity’ receives a completely furnished $800K home, a $300K base salary, luxury cars, private school for his children, a weekly maid service, a personal account for clothing/food, and a separate $125K business expense account, among other things. Because this is a ‘religious’ charity, it pays hardly any taxes, and only .52 cents of every dollar donated is used for actual charitable causes.
Additional suspects are numerous cancer ‘curing’ organizations like Susan G. Komen, who actually do nothing to actually stop breast cancer, and are heavily funded by the pharmaceutical industry to promote chemotherapy drugs and radiating mammography. Their ‘pink ribbon’ campaign has defrauded millions from unsuspecting cancer victims and their families.
Other charities of this ilk are Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society, all of which were accused of fraud by the FCC. In just over five years a handful of cancer charities bilked donors of over $187 million dollars.
Another questionable charity, though popular, is Goodwill. The CEO of this organization pays his employees minimum wage, and then sells donations he receives for free. Though Goodwill trains employees who don’t currently have employment, the CEO, Michael Miller, earns $856,043 annually. The Oregon Department of Justice has called his salary as the head of a non-profit, “unreasonable.”
Conversely, organizations like the Salvation Army use a whopping .93 cents of every dollar earned to actually help others while the president earns a meager $13,000 a year plus housing to run a $2 billion-dollar organization.
Many states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts, have created legislation which would limit the income of a nonprofit’s CEO who gets public funding. Florida has pushed for a limit of $129,972, while Massachusetts suggested $500,000 (Forbes). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated,
“These regulations will allow the state government to identify and stop the few providers that pocket taxpayer dollars rather than use them to serve the public.”
If you aren’t sure where a charity actually spends their money you can check them out at one of three charity watch dogs: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch. There’s really no need to keep lining the 1%’s pockets tax-free.
Consumer Reports also advises being wary of certain practices to make sure you don’t get scammed by an organization claiming to take donations for charitable causes. Run the other way if . . .
- The “charity” can’t provide details about how donations are used.
- The caller can’t provide proof—like a Federal tax ID number—that it’s a qualified charity and that your donation is tax-deductible.
- You’re pushed to donate immediately.
- You’re asked to wire a donation.
- You’re thanked for a pledge you never made to convince you that you already agreed to donate.
- Don’t click through a link in an email to donate, since many scam artists use real charitable organizations to skim money from people. Go to the organization’s website independently, after you’ve checked them out on Charity Navigator or another watch dog site.
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