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Charities get less than half of cash given

Rest goes to hired fundraisers, AG’s report finds

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Professional fundraisers kept more than half of the money raised in New York for charities in 2011, according to a report from the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. In 2011, about $4.7 million was raised for Capital Region based charities, which received less than 40 percent of the funds. The rest of the money went to the professional fundraisers, including the Scotia-based Capital District Callers Inc. and the Clifton Park-based Nordel Publishing Inc. “New ...


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newyorker65
December 22, 2012
5:37 a.m.

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Who doesn't already know this? Many years ago (and I mean like 30 years ago!) it was reported that only 16% of the money donated to charities through organizations like United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and a myriad of these new pop-up organizations, actually make it to the charity the donation was intended for! Nothing has changed in all these years! People would be well advised to donate to a local charity directly instead of going through any "organization." Wake up people and stop throwing your money away and lining the pockets of these organizations! Walk up to a homeless shelter and donate a bag of groceries, buy some warm winter scarves for children in shelters, find a Home For Humanities work site and bring the workers lunch (they're VOLUNTEERS!)... and don't forget Toys For Tots... the Marines make sure these toys go to children in need... think instead of just writing a check to an obscure organization.

SchenectadyScott
December 22, 2012
7:07 a.m.

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This is because not for profits are heavy on their administration salaries and benefits.....Just like the DSCI Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation...headed by Jim Salengo,.. The only thing they improve on is their salaries.....they don't even update their website....must be a country club down there....tax payers dollars paying for patronage jobs....

wmarincic
December 22, 2012
7:29 a.m.

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How about the Charities like Salvation Army that gets 90 cents on the dollar, Petsmart Charity, Friends of Animals and PAWS are also top rated, along with Animal Protective Foundation. The VFW and most of the local veteran groups give almost 100% to charity. Toys for Tots is also a great charity. Before donating just google how much of every dollar goes to the charity. Again The Salvation Army is the number one charity.

safny
December 22, 2012
7:50 a.m.

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Use anorganization like CHARITY NAVIGATOR - it will give you this info so you are not wasting money.

tonijean613
December 22, 2012
9:03 a.m.

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Please donate directly to the neediest of charities! Why do police officers who already recieve the most generous life time health care, dissability and the highest pensions for themselves and their spouses after only 20 yrs of working need charity? Our tax dollars already pay for them to be extremely comfortable. The Police Benevolent Society is a scam to raise more funds for plice who already get generous benefits. They shouldnt be allowed to exist.

steveleary1
December 22, 2012
10:11 a.m.

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Go to Charity Navigator - They break everything down the American Red Cross for instance only spends 4% on administration

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