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Not All Donations Are Created Equal: America's 50 Worst Charities

Mary Slosson

When disaster strikes, be it the severe illness of a loved one or a large-scale natural disaster, we all want to chip in and help. Sometimes the best and easiest way to do so is to give money to charity.

The unfortunate reality is that running a charity efficiently is hard, and not all philanthropic ventures are created equal. Through mismanagement or outright swindling, sometimes our donations are wasted.

For the worst of the worst, a majority of donations are wasted raising more money.

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  • Azar Aftimos

    Thank you. People may agree or disagree with the article, but a least it gives a different point of view that deserves to be pointed out.

  • Sanjay Rawal

    This is a very very misleading article. It just references the CASH donations groups give. project cure, for example, raised $50 million and paid half to fundraisers and gave zero dollars in aid. Well, that's not their mission. They use that money to collect unused medical goods and spend more money to ship the goods globally. For every $25000 they spend they donate the equivalent of $500k in new medical goods. So really the $50 million they raise effectively becomes $1 billion in equipment. If you balance $20million in fees it's hardly scandalous. This is an incredibly misleading article. I don't know the other 49 groups referenced but suffice to say there are probably a few more good ones in there. Very shoddy reporting.

    • Sanjay Rawal

      I have worked with Project Cure (not for them, with them) in the Congo. We've been able to ship nearly $10 million dollars worth of medical equipment there and have only had to pay about 5% of that total cost because Project Cure gets the equipment and supplies donated. We just pay shipping. Furthermore, that life-saving medical equipment costs $10 million in the US, but about twice that amount (or more) in Africa. Project Cure has helped to revitalize the healthcare infrastructure and that work cannot be ignored. Plus, they're so well reputed that they regularly partner with USAID.