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America's Worst Charities

You’ve given them $1 billion. They’ve given almost nothing to the needy. An investigation into charities that use deception to persuade donors to give.
America's Worst Charities

When it comes to fundraising, she’s a machine

Hear what happens when a potential donor realizes that a computer is calling, asking for a donation. Credit: Courtesy of the South Carolina Secretary of State's office   UPDATE, Nov. 15, 2013: This story updates to include information about a fine against Corporations for Character.  Amanda Thomas is the perfect telemarketer. She’s always perky and

Nov 14, 2013
America's Worst Charities

How we followed a telemarketer’s tracks in Iowa

To track how telemarketing companies target donors, the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting focused on one company, Associated Community Services, and examined how it did business in one state, Iowa. Associated Community Services is one of the largest charity fundraisers in the country, according to data compiled by GuideStar, an organization

Nov 14, 2013
America's Worst Charities

In wake of report, charities come under increased scrutiny

America’s worst charities have come under renewed scrutiny following a series by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting that ranked organizations based on how much they spent on professional solicitation companies over the past decade. A leading watchdog group is reviewing its ratings of charities on the Times/CIR list, regulators in

Jul 5, 2013
America's Worst Charities

Part 2: A failure of regulation

Four years ago, charity regulators in 38 states banded together to take down one of the most deceptive charity solicitors in America. In an unusual show of force, they marshaled resources from across the country and targeted Community Support Inc. An investigator in Iowa posed as a donor and secretly recorded calls coming from boiler

Jun 7, 2013
America's Worst Charities

Part 1: Dirty secrets of the worst charities

The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday, Fla. Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. Most of the rest gets

Jun 6, 2013
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