Donor Beware!

The news is most disturbing and sobering: Bonnie Kavoussi reported in The Huntington Post:

A telemarketing company that solicits donations for several big-name charities is keeping most of the money raised and systematically lying about it to the public, according to a new investigation by Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

InfoCision instructs its employees to say, when asked, that at least 70 percent of the money that they raise for the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association will go toward charity, Bloomberg Markets Magazine reports. But these charities, which approved the telemarketing scripts, had agreed to give InfoCision more than half of the money raised.

In fact, InfoCision kept all of the donation money that it raised on behalf of the American Cancer Society in 2010, according toBloomberg Markets Magazine. InfoCision also kept 78 percent of the donation money that it collected last year in its nationwide neighbor-to-neighbor program on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.  — Read More

I’m sure most of us are wary of telemarketers and reject solicitations by them, though we may not have realized the degree of misrepresentation they make and the outrageous cuts they take from well-intentioned donations.

So if you wish to donate to any cause,

For CLL causes, do donate–generously and directly–to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other known, reputable and effective organizations.


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