Charitable Contributions: How Much Actually Helps the Charity?

As we are winding down the old year, I thought I’d share a bit of information that a family member sent me. It’s a link that shows exactly how much of the money raised for a charity is actually reaching the charity, and how much is being sucked up by the fundraising company and the professional solicitor.

For example, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Diabetes Association have 99% of the funds raised going to help the actual cause, and only 1% being used to pay the fundraising engine. That’s a percentage I can get behind!

On the other hand, just the opposite is true for the American Institute for Cancer Research (1% to charity, 99% to solicitor) and the Arthritis Foundation (1% for charitable work, 99% to pay off the fundraisers).

If you want to see the “big” picture on your favorite charities before making those end-of-year contributions, read on!

The real picture on those charities currently soliciting in the State of Kentucky can be found here:

http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/charity/Pages/default.aspx

and the same types of lists are available for most other states. If you are going to be philanthropic, why not be sure it counts?

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