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10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers

 
 

These 10 charities are not living up to their missions. Each spends more than 50% of its budget paying for-profit fundraising professionals to solicit your hard-earned money. They are ranked by the percentage of their total functional expenses spent on professional fundraising fees. As a result, very little of the charity's spending is directed towards its programs and services.

Rank Charity Program Expenses Professional Fundraising Fees
1 Firefighters Charitable Foundation 7.0% 87.6%
2 The Association for Firefighters & Paramedics 5.3% 80.2%
3 Wishing Well Foundation USA 7.2% 79.5%
4 Children's Charity Fund, Inc. 6.7% 79.4%
5 California Police Youth Charities 13.5% 77.1%
6 Disabled Police Officers of America 7.8% 64.9%
7 Childhood Leukemia Foundation 23.6% 62.7%
8 Kids Wish Network 23.2% 57.4%
9 New England Paralyzed Veterans of America 35.7% 55.9%
10 Find the Children 33.8% 53.3%

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