On March 19, 2016, Reveal investigated the operations of Planet Aid, in an article titled, "Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see the Reveal article.
On May 25, 2016, NBC Washington published an article titled, "Behind the Bins: Former Planet Aid Employees Describe 'Cult-like' Experience." For more information, please see the NBC Washington article.
On August 1, 2016, Reveal published an article titled, "UNICEF cuts off funding to nonprofit linked to alleged cult." For more information, please see the Reveal article.
On August 29, 2016, Courthouse News Service published an article titled, "Charity Under Scrutiny Fires Back at Reporters." For more information, please see the Courthouse News Service article.
On January 31, 2017, Reveal published an article titled, "USDA said it didn't know charity had problems. Documents show otherwise." For more information, please see the Reveal article.
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This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it currently has a Low Concern CN Advisory. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities.
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|Name in IRS Master File||PLANET AID INC|
|Street Address||47 SUMNER STREET|
|City, State, Zip||MILFORD, MA 01757-4606|
|NTEE Classification||International Relief|
|NTEE Type||International, Foreign Affairs and National Security|
|Subsection||501(c)(3) (View the list of codes)|
|Activities||(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(179) Other health services
|Foundation Status||Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)|
|Deductibility||Contributions are deductible|
|Affiliation||Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).|
|Group Name||[Not Applicable]|
|Ruling Date||October, 1997|
|Form 990 Revenue Amount||$41,689,698|
|Latest Form 990 Return||December, 2015|
|Filing Requirement||990 (all other) or 990EZ return|
|Fiscal Year End||December|
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