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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

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

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

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

Don’t get fooled by bad charities

Before you give: Find out exactly who’s calling. Ask if the caller is a paid telemarketer. Get the exact name and location of the charity he or she represents. Beware of charities that mimic the names of well-established groups and of claims that you’ve given before to a charity you’ve never heard of. Find out

Jun 6, 2013
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