Mini-Me: America’s 50 Most Dishonest Charities

Corruption, Non-Governmental
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Who? Mini-Me?


Above the law: America’s worst charities


  • A year-long investigation identified America’s 50 worst charities
  • At the top of the list is Kids Wish Network, which gave nearly $110m to corporate solicitors
  • This charity, like many others on the list, mimic well-known charity names that fool donors
  • The data show the worst charities devote less than 4% of donations to direct cash aid

The 50 worst, ranked by money blown on soliciting costs

Totals from the latest 10 years of available federal tax filings

RankCharity nameTotal raised by solicitorsPaid to solicitors% spent on direct cash aid
1Kids Wish Network$127.8 million$109.8 million2.5%
2Cancer Fund of America$98.0 million$80.4 million0.9%
3Children’s Wish Foundation International$96.8 million$63.6 million10.8%
4American Breast Cancer Foundation$80.8 million$59.8 million5.3%
5Firefighters Charitable Foundation$63.8 million$54.7 million8.4%
6Breast Cancer Relief Foundation$63.9 million$44.8 million2.2%
7International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO$57.2 million$41.4 million0.5%
8National Veterans Service Fund$70.2 million$36.9 million7.8%
9American Association of State Troopers$45.0 million$36.0 million8.6%
10Children’s Cancer Fund of America$37.5 million$29.2 million5.3%
11Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation$34.7 million$27.6 million0.6%
12Youth Development Fund$29.7 million$24.5 million0.8%
13Committee For Missing Children$26.9 million$23.8 million0.8%
14Association for Firefighters and Paramedics$23.2 million$20.8 million3.1%
15Project Cure (Bradenton, FL)$51.5 million$20.4 million0.0%
16National Caregiving Foundation$22.3 million$18.1 million3.5%
17Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth$19.6 million$16.1 million0.0%
18United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association$23.1 million$15.9 million0.6%
19Vietnow National Headquarters$18.1 million$15.9 million2.9%
20Police Protective Fund$34.9 million$14.8 million0.8%
21National Cancer Coalition$41.5 million$14.0 million1.1%
22Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation$14.5 million$13.7 million0.4%
23American Foundation For Disabled Children$16.4 million$13.4 million0.8%
24The Veterans Fund$15.7 million$12.9 million2.3%
25Heart Support of America$33.0 million$11.0 million3.4%
26Veterans Assistance Foundation$12.2 million$11.0 million10.5%
27Children’s Charity Fund$14.3 million$10.5 million2.3%
28Wishing Well Foundation USA$12.4 million$9.8 million4.6%
29Defeat Diabetes Foundation$13.8 million$8.3 million0.1%
30Disabled Police Officers of America Inc.$10.3 million$8.1 million2.5%
31National Police Defense Foundation$9.9 million$7.8 million5.8%
32American Association of the Deaf & Blind$10.3 million$7.8 million0.1%
33Reserve Police Officers Association$8.7 million$7.7 million1.1%
34Optimal Medical Foundation$7.9 million$7.6 million1.0%
35Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation$9.0 million$7.6 million1.0%
36Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center$8.2 million$6.9 million0.1%
37Children’s Leukemia Research Association$9.8 million$6.8 million11.1%
38United Breast Cancer Foundation$11.6 million$6.6 million6.3%
39Shiloh International Ministries$8.0 million$6.2 million1.3%
40Circle of Friends For American Veterans$7.8 million$5.7 million6.5%
41Find the Children$7.6 million$5.0 million5.7%
42Survivors and Victims Empowered$7.7 million$4.8 million0.0%
43Firefighters Assistance Fund$5.6 million$4.6 million3.2%
44Caring for Our Children Foundation$4.7 million$4.1 million1.6%
45National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition$4.8 million$4.0 million0.0%
46American Foundation for Children With Aids$5.2 million$3.0 million0.0%
47Our American Veterans$2.6 million$2.3 million2.3%
48Roger Wyburn-Mason & Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease$8.4 million$1.8 million0.0%
49Firefighters Burn Fund$2.0 million$1.7 million1.5%
50Hope Cancer Fund$1.9 million$1.6 million0.5%

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See Also:

2013 Robert Steele on Healing the Americas with an Open Source Agency — and Integrity; Dicho Sobre la Curacion de las Américas con una Agencia de Todo Abierto – y la Integridad

2011 Peace from Above: Envisioning the Future of UN Air Power

2009 Briefing: Open Everything at UNICEF in NYC

Graphic: Global Range of Nano-Needs

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