Monday, June 17, 2013

America's Worst Charities: Five of top 50 named based in Maryland, Virginia

Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland
Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Five of the 50 charities identified in a Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting investigation into just how little money they actually give to the needy are based in Maryland or Virginia.
The entire investigation, which was published on Friday, concluded that the 50 named on their list of America as a whole actually donated just 4 percent of funds raised to those they say they serve. Six of them never actually gave any money at all to the people they say they're serving.
Many of the charities included in the list are based in Florida, but out of the 50, five them are based in Towson, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Ashburn and Falls Church.
Of the five, the investigation concluded that the American Association for the Deaf and Blind, a Silver Spring-based outfit that the Times and CIR report has raised at least $1 million every year since 1984, committed just 0.1 percent of that money into direct cash aid.
The locally-based charities on the list include:
RankCharityHeadquartersDirect Cash Aid
4American Breast Cancer FoundationTowson5.3 percent
16National Caregiving FoundationAlexandria3.5 percent
18United States Deputy Sheriffs' AssociationAshburn0.6 percent
32American Association for the Deaf and BlindSilver Spring0.1 percent
40Circle of Friends for American VeteransFalls Church6.5 percent

The two representatives of the American Breast Cancer Foundation who are blamed for much of the organizations problems did not respond to the Tampa Bay Times' questions.
The executive director of National Caregiving Foundation did not respond to inquiries by the Tampa Bay Times.
The president of the United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association did not return numerous phone calls made by the Tampa Bay Times.
The American Association for the Deaf and Blind did not respond for comment.
Circle of Friends for American Veterans' founder Brian Hampton defended the charity, saying he believes the organization is more effective by promoting awareness of homelessness than housing homeless vets. He also defended the organizations' use of telemarketers because he says telemarketing call centers are cost-effective.

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