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Cynth
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05:15 PM on 09/12/2012
I'm alarmed by all the posts that disavow all charities because of the mismanagement of some. Perhaps some people are using this case or their suspicions in general to justify their not donating, but they only need to do some research to find deserving organizations and donate directly via their websites or mailing address.
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dragon7380
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05:22 PM on 09/12/2012
I agree. The majority of Charities are great. But what this story is about are basically scam artists. They take an excessive percentage of the take. I worked for one of these groups for a whole 5 hours....when I found out that they took over 70% of every dollar raised, I quit on the spot.

These groups need to be outlawed.
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Cynth
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05:31 PM on 09/12/2012
Yes, I'd like to see laws enacted against this. It's flat-out fraud.
And good for you for exercising your integrity!
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Michael D OBrien
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05:29 PM on 09/12/2012
Well said Cynth!
Here in Boston, they are plenty of worth while charities to support, both large and small. Many of the larger charities have fund raisers where every dime goes directly to the charity and sponsers don't take anything out for expenses, forget profit!
Smaller ones, food banks, clothing drives, especially for the winter.
How are you doing kiddo?
It's almost leaf-peeper time!
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Cynth
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02:46 PM on 09/13/2012
Thanks, and you're spot-on again! Doing great up here in VT...heading back to MA next week for a bit. The leaves are noticeably changing up here and heading your way... Cheers!
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chaotician1
05:15 PM on 09/12/2012
This is outright extortion and fraud...everyone at infocision and every "manager" at these charoties needs to be charged, convicted, and denied any future work or contact with anything related to the activities of any of these outfits! At the very least this is incometax fraud as these "donors" took deductions for their contributions which did not go to a qualified charity!
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keedyk87
05:13 PM on 09/12/2012
I hear about a Bank Robbery today in L.A. and just laughed. After what they got away with Falsely and illegally loaning folks money with none of them going to Jail I said more power to the Bank Roobbers!
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Parade Keegan
I Can Hear You
05:11 PM on 09/12/2012
"Charity scam"? Oxymoron.
05:10 PM on 09/12/2012
If you want to do good. Start with your own community or just with the people you interact with on a daily basis. No 1 person can save the planet. Just start with helping the people you can see and talk to.
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baltbear
actual capitalist; actual republican
07:27 PM on 09/12/2012
No one person can,
and yet every single person can help.
That's the REAL "corporate thinking" Americans forgot.
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dbackl
Employees deserve a fair share
05:09 PM on 09/12/2012
Big business is big business, charity or not. It means they are BIG. With big salaries. Check out how much Directors of Development for charities get paid. Donate local, to the people who actually provide a service.
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se72748
05:01 PM on 09/12/2012
I almost never give to charity's,because ,I have always known very few penny's go to the needy with the lions share going to the administrators.Its too bad.
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Cynth
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05:10 PM on 09/12/2012
Actually, this isn't true. Just do your research by visiting a reliable website that rates charities and provides their financials, then donate to the charity directly via their website or mailing address. There are many excellent charities with great reputations (like Doctors Without Borders) that rely on support.
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keedyk87
05:15 PM on 09/12/2012
Yeah and Santa Claus was at my house last Christmas too!
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dragon7380
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05:22 PM on 09/12/2012
well said. Some people are just too lazy to do their own research
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justin i
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05:15 PM on 09/12/2012
You can actually use services like Charity Watch and Charity Navigator to determine the percentage of your donation that goes to actual services versus overhead. There are some great charities out there - but also some pretty lousy ones.
Gmasters
Never underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity!
04:59 PM on 09/12/2012
The only way this scam could work is if the "Charity" Executives were getting a nice Bribe to agree to a deal like this.
Will this be the one where someone actually Goes To Jail?
05:21 PM on 09/12/2012
Let's hope that non-profits and think tanks are next in line for investigation. These kinds of scams are what the robber barons created once they were busted up in order to dictate policy through the back door. It runs deep. One tiny little example is the pharmaceutical companies and how they get universities and non-profits (to violin music: to help those in need) to research products and pay them well to come to a certain conclusion. And we die as a result. Same for "think tanks" and war.
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04:56 PM on 09/12/2012
Red Cross another charity with big overhead.
Huge executive perks.
Sold sandwiches to homeless folks during Katrina.
04:55 PM on 09/12/2012
I hope that the I.R.S also get involved. I have been giving donations to this charities, not any more.
it was a good write-off for income tax purposes.
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04:54 PM on 09/12/2012
United way is another scam.
Co put pressure on employees to donate
Big check with the grinning CEO.
Found later that Co.got a cut of the donations.
04:49 PM on 09/12/2012
All telephone solicitations get the same response from us, "we do not accept telephone calls of this type."

Used to be I had to repeat it two or three times, but now mostly they say "goodbye" and hangup after the first one. Some times they don't even bother to say "goodbye"
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livinglifebig
Holding the Future in my hands everyday.
04:47 PM on 09/12/2012
If you are interested in your money doing the most, then you should never donate to an organization that has more than 10% administrative fees.
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Devin DeWeil
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04:41 PM on 09/12/2012
Give directly, NEVER over the phone.
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buzzly
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
04:39 PM on 09/12/2012
I hope our donation of 4 still-run-well cars over the last 4 years make it all the way to America Cancer Society.
05:20 PM on 09/12/2012
Very unlikely, unfortunately. And I hope you've read the fine print on how much of those donations is really tax-deductible -- not nearly as much as the charities advertise. You can never save more in taxes than the car is worth, as they commonly tell donors, unless you were in a 150% tax bracket (if there were one). And the IRS is clamping down hard on fantasy appraisals of vehicles.
05:41 PM on 09/12/2012
In a lot of cases they sell the cars for cash. Their reason is that they would have to put money into the cars and that would cut into the worth.Even if the car runs good they can find some reason to wholesale it out for cash.It's hard to pay for a room at the Ritz with a 1996 Taurus