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The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

Persnickety19 Wrote: Jun 17, 2013 2:11 PM
One outfit I'll NEVER contribute to is United Way (and I usually got in trouble for that at work - they wanted EVERYONE to give), after I read what the head of UW makes in salary - obscene!! If I want to give to some charity - vets, Head Start, local police - I'll give DIRECTLY, not thru United Way. What a waste of money.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Jun 17, 2013 2:27 PM
Unfortunately, I concur. United Way has done a lot of good, especially through grants to other organizations at the local level (e.g. local ymca, big bother, big sister, etc.). However, the United Way, especially at the national level, which the locals support with your giving, pay some really amazing salaries and support Planned Parenthood. I had a friend that used work for them and both issues helped move him in a different career path. United Way says you can target your money, but money is fungible, so this really means you indirectly support the other parts of United Way by reducing the burden of another cause they support. This has been an issue for many years with United Way and they never have addressed it.
Andy372 Wrote: Jun 17, 2013 3:32 PM
Agreed. I tried to target my United Way giving that I was all but forced to do at my previous employer, and found out later that they just reduced the other contributions to the charities I was donating to in order to lift up their favored causes.
Never again.
qlobata Wrote: Jan 22, 2014 7:30 AM
The Salvation Army is almost as bad. Obscene salaries and as we have seen with a lot of disasters, money given for a certain relief effort is put into the general fund. Much may never go towards where the givers intended it too.