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Kirsten Browning


Day 4: I was feeling disappointed and deceived after donating yesterday to Planet Aid, and then learning how little of their proceeds actually went to people in need. As a result, I did some research and discovered sometimes the oldest charities are the best: founded in 1902, Goodwill serves persons with disabilities or other vocational disadvantages, with over 93% of its budget spent on the programs and services it delivers. Not only does Goodwill provide education, skills training, work experience and job placement services for the underprivileged, but they care for the Earth, too, by recycling more than 57 million pounds of textiles, household goods, paper, and electronics each year. They get a four out of four rating from Charity Navigator, and that's why I took the bulk of my donated items to them today. Find out where your local donation center is, and give today. You'll *know* where your giving is going.

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  • Wade Larsen

    I agree with you, Kirsten. I've researched Planet Aid for five years, and have a number of concerns about this so-called nonprofit.

    For starters, the Chicago-based CharityWatch gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs.

    But Planet Aid claims that 84% of the funds it generated in 2012 were spent on its programs. Why does the used clothes collector rate itself so highly when watchdogs don’t?

    According to CharityWatch: “Planet Aid considers the costs associated with collecting and processing donated clothing and other goods to be a ‘recycling’ program expense in support of its ‘significant contribution in the fight against climate change.’ It argues that if it did not collect these items, they would end up in a landfill.”

    CharityWatch counters that “it would be like Walmart claiming that its main purpose is to help low-income people have a higher standard of living by selling them less expensive merchandise.”

    * “Planet Aid's ‘Recycling’ Program, Debunked!”
    ― CharityWatch, 2013:

    Worse, prosecutors in Denmark have linked Planet Aid to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

    ● “Kindness into Cash” ― WTTG News, Washington DC; 2009:
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    [More info in the above reports’ description boxes; click ‘Show more’ while on those pages.]

    Thanks for letting me share my opinions. Again, please research before you donate.