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Hi Anne, Nice to read your post. I have been working in Non-profit for more than 15 years as an accountant and let me know if you need help in getting 990 form.
The best suggestion I have is to read the Form 990 but if you don’t want to do that, then you can email me with the name of a non-profit.
By the way, there is a search option at the bottom right of the blog. It says “SEARCH.” Just type in the non-profit name and all posts will come up.
Hi Ann, I stumbled upon your website while I was doing my research on St Jude to donate. My usual go-to resource is Charity Navigator (CN) and I probably would have made my donation based on CN 4 star rating if I did not see your website. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations of resources for a person wishing to thoroughly vet a non-profit organization prior to making a donation (I am thinking of Doctors without Borders)? I am blessed to have a comfortable life that enables me to share with those less unfortunate, but I also wanted to make sure that my hard-earned money is well spent.
Thank you so much for your investigative work on these non-profit organizations and just a little suggestion, it would be awesome if I am able to search your website by organization names.
Since 2003, when I founded Teens Against Drunk Driving (TADD), then combined TADD with newly formed charity, that i also founded http://auadd.org (Americans United Against Destructive Driving AUADD) we have been all-volunteer. Educating over 400 thousand youths against the dangers of destructive driving, using our life saving driver’s education program. To see some of the salaries and the miniscule amounts of a dollar that is returned to the charities for charitable work, is appalling. I must say, i never looked into these charities before. i am very proud of what we do with every dollar given to us. Full disclosure, i have privately funded virtually all aspects of our charitable work since 2003. We will have to change that going forward, if we are to reach our goal of transforming the paper version of our education system, to an app(free) version. Sponsors and regular donations we have to be sought out.
FOR A NONPROFET ORGINISATION THE PEOPLE WORKING THERE MAKE MORE MONEY THAN ALL THE SUCKERS THAT SEND YOU MONEY. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHILDREN AND SEND MONEY OFTEN, HOWEVER I THINK I WILL KEEP MY MONEY AND SUGGEST YOUR CEO’S TAKE A CUT IN SALARY TO HELP THE CHILDREN. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. YOU JUST LOST MY DONATION AND AFTER I TALK TO MY FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK I AM PRETTY SURE YOU WILL LOSE MORE. My mother sent a monthly donation for many years until she passed away so i continued.
People have different priorities. Some people – particularly in the medical and health field – view the non-profits that impact these fields – as a priority, while others view the traditional non-profits as a priority.
With 70% of the US population overweight or obese, heart disease as the number 1 cause of death, and the explosive growth in Type 2 diabetes and other diseases greatly impacted by diet, many people view the non-profits in the food industry as dangerous. We live in a country where most doctors tell patients to take a statin to combat high cholesterol instead of addressing the cause of the high cholesterol – most often the SAD (Standard American Diet). People think they are eating “healthy” by eating chicken when in fact, it’s loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat. And, then there is the environmental impact of raising (most of the corn and soybeans we grow in the US is to feed livestock) and slaughtering billions and billions of animals annually. So, many environmentalists also consider non-profits in the animal livestock industry as organizations that significantly contribute to the deterioration of this planet.
So, although I appreciate where you are coming from, I also believe there are all types of non-profits whose mission and spending needs to be exposed to the public.
Yes — I understand that. But if your reports are ‘calls to action’ — I should hope ‘we’ work first on those playing on heartstrings to enrich themselves with questionable appeals for people’s contributions.
Trade associations are quite something else and not worth society’s scarce resources of effort and attention. It would be ‘fun’ to see how they bilk their members but not high on a ‘what to do list.’
You have a darn good ‘machine’ to tell us about injustices but I’d hope we could do more about needed health care, etc. than the profitability of chicken nuggets, etc. — which is the goal of chicken lobbyists.
The blog addresses all types of non-profits.
Might it not be useful to separate ‘charities’ and ‘trade associations?’ IMO HUGE difference in what attention should ge given to ‘charities’ — chicken companies can be scammed at will in my book.
I don’t know. The Form 990 does not address this issue. Nor, does the website.
how does carter roberts justify his salary?
board members fly first class, sign me up. over $2 million spent on perks, wow, I need to become a board member. Robin Ganzert you treat yourself & friends well, what about the animals you could help with all that money, fly coach, save hundreds of animals.
Thank you….you comment means a lot to me!
Anne, thanks to you I make better decisions on what non-profits to support. I’ve also sent my daughter a link to your website. She is a very active donor to many organizations and was surprised to find how little goes to many. I applaud your efforts and hope you continue to provide this generous information to the public. You’ve taken many steps out of the equation by your willingness to do the ‘legwork’ and I thank you.
You’re not being a pain. I understand. My best advice is to give locally. Most local non-profits watch every penny because they simply do not have the funds to pay big salaries, benefits and perks. But, do try to review the Form 990 before giving so you can see where funds are spent. If you want me to review a 990, let me know and I will give you a summary of the facts.
Okay, thanks, Anne. I’m not trying to be a pain, just trying to get a grip on which charities for others and myself are the best to support.
Jews for Jesus is a 501 (c) 3 but also classified as a “church” by the IRS so they are not required to file a Form 990. However, they always have the option to file a Form 990 if they want to provide the public with transparency. I was unable to find any financial information on their website.
I am very concerned that so much of the donations go to salary. Seriously, nearly half a million to the head of this organization is ridiculous. Too many employees taking too much money in salary. I would like to donate but whose salary am I contributing to?
Do you have an analysis of the organization Jews for Jesus? Thank you.
cut your staff in half. cut all salaries 10% you are top heavy. If you really care about the animals more should go to their welfare.
Hi Marion: What product are you referring to?
Where can I buy this in my state? I live in Arkansas, my zip code is 72830. Thank you.
Great hint – thanks!
The updated information is on the IBO.org website, in the statistical reports. When you go to the site, click on “Information For” and then click on “Media and Researchers” and then click on the blue highlighted line: “International Education Research Database.” You will be asked to register and then you will have access to the statistical information.
Your article below has some really useful information. https://paddockpost.com/2011/11/08/the-ib-diploma-school-asking-the-right-questions/. I’m really interested in finding the most recent updates to the information below. Is it on the IBO.org website? I’ve looked but couldn’t find it.
World Mean Score: 30.7 (2010)
North America Mean Score: 27.5 (2008)
% of IB Diploma that score 45: 1%
% of IB Diploma that score 40 or higher: 10%
% of IB Diploma that score 38 or higher: 15%
% of IB Diploma that score 36 or higher: 21%
% of IB Diploma that score 34 or higher: 30%
% of IB Diploma that score 32 or higher: 39%
Hi Cindy: Click on the link below for a list of stores in California. If there isn’t a store close to you, cocomels can be purchased directly from the company’s on-line store (the link is below also).
where can I buy cocomels in california?
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