The 50 Worst Charities in America: How To Keep Off Being Scammed?


    In the wake of tragedies large and small, they put up like mushrooms after a rain. With tales of woe and heartbreaking images of children or helpless animals, they beg for assistance. They are the tragi-charities. One hit wonders seeking to cash in on the tragedy of the day from floods and fires to missing children and more. The pop-up charity business is usually local, occasionally regional and rarely national. Mostly they are the products of individual scammers who smell an opportunity to cash in using the name of a victim who may or may not even be real. They count on local press coverage and a quick website.  These ‘charities’ usually rake in a few thousand dollars and disappear. SEE LIST AFTER CUT>>>>>>

    The Professionals

    Then there are the professional long term operations. They utilize direct mail or telemarketers to solicit millions of dollars in donations from unsuspecting individuals and businesses. Are you concerned you’ve already been scammed or just want to make sure you won’t be in the future? Here are some of the worst offenders:
    1. Kids Wish Network
    2. Cancer Fund of America
    3. Children’s Wish Foundation International
    4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
    5. Firefighters Charitable Foundation
    6. Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
    7. International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
    8. National Veterans Service Fund
    9. American Association of State Troopers
    10. Children’s Cancer Fund of America
    11. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
    12. Youth Development Fund
    13. Committee For Missing Children
    14. Association for Firefighters and Paramedics
    15. Project Cure (Bradenton, FL)
    16. National Caregiving Foundation
    17. Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth
    18. United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
    19. Vietnow National Headquarters
    20. Police Protective Fund
    21. National Cancer Coalition
    22. Woman to Woman Breast Cancer Foundation
    23. American Foundation For Disabled Children
    24. The Veterans Fund
    25. Heart Support of America
    26. Veterans Assistance Foundation
    27. Children’s Charity Fund
    28. Wishing Well Foundation USA
    29. Defeat Diabetes Foundation
    30. Disabled Police Officers of America Inc.
    31. National Police Defense Foundation
    32. American Association of the Deaf & Blind
    33. Reserve Police Officers Association
    34. Optimal Medical Foundation
    35. Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation
    36. Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center
    37. Children’s Leukemia Research Association
    38. United Breast Cancer Foundation
    39. Shiloh International Ministries
    40. Circle of Friends For American Veterans
    41. Find the Children
    42. Survivors and Victims Empowered
    43. Firefighters Assistance Fund
    44. Caring for Our Children Foundation
    45. National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition
    46. American Foundation for Children With AIDS
    47. Our American Veterans
    48. Roger Wyburn- Mason & Jack M Blount Foundation for Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
    49. Firefighters Burn Fund
    50. Hope Cancer Fund
    This list was put together by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting based on federal tax filings for the last 10 years. Charities are broken up into five main categories: children, cancer, police/law enforcement, veterans, fire and other. These fifty charities account for more than $1.35 Billion in donations. Of that, $970 million went not to victims, but to the people who collected the money.
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