November 30, 2015

Reference: New Interactive Databases, List, Map: “America’s Worst Charities”

The databases, lists, and map are included in a package of articles researched and published by the Tampa Bay Times, Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN.

From the Project Web Site:

Across the nation, hundreds of charities take your donations in the name of cancer patients, dying children and homeless veterans. But the real beneficiaries are the charity founders themselves and the for-profit companies they pay to run boiler rooms that dial for dollars. To tell the stories of America’s worst charities, reporters reviewed thousands of charities and charted their finances going back a decade. These charities use deception, and in some cases outright lies, to persuade donors to give. Then they spend as much as 90 cents of every dollar raised to generate more donations. Regulators have proven powerless to stop the cycle of waste and deceit.

  • Direct to Regulatory Actions Database
    Nationwide database of charities, solicitors and individuals who have faced disciplinary actions from state regulators.” Searchable.
  • Note: Datasets Can Be Downloaded

See Also: Methodology, How Were the Charities Identified?

Direct to America’s Worst Charities Project Home Page

Many thanks to @mattrweaver for Alerting infoDOCKET to these New Resources

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