A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity or nonprofit institution, is dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view.
Have you ever been scammed by unethical charitable organizations?
Generous people donate hard-earned money inadvertently to unethical charitable organizations in good faith. Once burned, this can cause people to become skeptical. Ultimately, this skepticism prevents them from donating to legitimate causes in the future.
One can feel they have lost their faith in humanity. Especially, for example, when such charities scam elderly people out of their life savings.
Sometimes charities get sucked into using professional fundraising companies. This can mean that up to 90% of your donation will go to the fundraising company, and not even the charity!
Many charities will use names that are similar to legitimate and real charities. Others become corrupted by power. So which charities should you avoid? And which legitimate charities could you donate to instead?
We have compiled a list of some of the worst, and will later give you some advice on how to not get scammed.
Charities That Give Most Donations to Solicitors
Kids Wish Network
Many consider this to be the worst charity in America. A lot of people confuse it with the Make A Wish Foundation. But unlike the Make A Wish Foundation, Kids Wish Network give barely any of their donations to sick kids!
Kids Wish Network utilizes professional fundraisers. This has meant that only 3 cents of every donated dollar reach children in need! These professional fundraisers have received $110 million from donations during the past decade!
If you desire to give enable sick children to have a wish come true, it is wiser to donate to the Make A Wish Foundation.
Committee for Missing Children
Committee for Missing Children claims that it has reunited many families. But in truth, they do little more than post pictures of missing children on social media.
Incredibly, they too employ professional fundraisers who raised $27 million. However, the charity only spent $21,000 on reuniting desperate families with missing loved ones!
A legitimate charity alternative is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Fire can devastate people’s lives. Most families have to start again from scratch if they lose their home to a house fire. This is heartbreaking, and many generous people rush to help the victims rebuild their lives.
Sadly, some unethical charities wish to exploit these vulnerable people. Firefighters Charitable Foundation is one of those. Because they too use professional fundraisers. This has meant that almost 90% of every donation received ends up going to the professional fundraising company.
A legitimate charity alternative is the Red Cross.
National Veterans Services Fund
Our Veterans are our national treasures. Many sacrifice their lives to protect us and everything we value. We can never truly repay them for what they have done for us. So we do what we can, and believe that donating via a charity will help them ease back into living in the real world.
It is just despicable that some charities would exploit this for their own gains. And even worse, is when professional fundraisers siphon off huge quantities meant for these veterans. National Veterans Services Funds spent the greater percentage of donations received on this.
A legitimate charity alternative is the Wounded Warriors Family Support.
Controversial Charities With Unethical Practices
Susan G. Komen For The Cure
Everyone is familiar with the pink ribbon campaigns every year. And it is important to draw attention to breast cancer. However, it is wrong to exploit sick women for your own financial benefit. And your own personal power trip.
Most of the donations to this charity go to legal actions that Susan G. Komen takes against other charities. Anytime any other charity even vaguely appears to use her trademark pink ribbons or “for the cure”, she sues. Even if they are a struggling small charity that is doing legitimate good for others.
On the other hand, when KFC wished to use her trademark, she accepted a few million from them. And ironically, eating fried foods from KFC increase your risk of cancer!
A better charity alternative is METAvivor.
Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
No one would want to donate to an organization with an association to evil dictators. So, why would a human rights organization like the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation liaise with a dictator? Especially one who has an appalling human rights record!
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been ruling as a dictator in Equatorial Guinea for three decades. He stands accused of many allegations of killing and torturing citizens. Not only do the foundation have ties with him, they held a highly prestigious summit in his country.
If you want to support a human rights organization that do not have ties with human rights violators, you could instead donate to The Fund For Global Human Rights.
How Do You Avoid Unethical Charitable Organizations?
- If you get a call from a charity, find out who is really calling you. Chances are it could be a professional fundraising group. And as we have shown, they will siphon off up to 90% of your potential donation.
- Always insist on taking the time to think about making a donation. Tell them you will go and do some research about their charity, and possibly make it instead through their website. If they insist you urgently need to donate during the phone call, this is a ploy to steal your money. If they were legitimate, they wouldn’t mind receiving your donation through alternative means.
- You can check out the legitimacy of many charities through charity watchdog websites. One such site is Charity Navigator.
Never fear, there is no need to lose your faith in humanity! There are many legitimate avenues you can take to express your altruism and compassion. The world needs more good souls like yourself!