The example above suggests they spend a lot of time doing two things:
1) Raising money and 2) Spending a lot of it to raise more money!
Can they make ANY difference for anyone but themselves with your dollars? Now, we didn't name this local Sacramento charity because we're not out to attack anyone. In fact, this charity has not come under fire the charity watchdogs either, in part because they have backing from so big name celebrities who have no clue other than what the PR Agents tell them. Basically, when you have one PR guy negotiating with the a charity that is nothing more than a PR machine itself, what to be expected?
As the founder of a charity called Help Hospitalized Veterans, which distributes craft kits to veterans' hospitals, Roger Chapin of San Diego pays himself and his wife more than half a million dollars a year in salary.
Chapin's veterans' charity has produced slick promotional videos about the good they do, with a number of celebrity endorsements, including one from actor Dennis Franz, who starred in the ABC primetime drama "NYPD Blue."
But according to their analysis, the American Institute of Philanthropy says of the $70 million Help Hospitalized Veterans took in last year, only 31 percent went to the actual charitable cause. The rest was mainly overhead and fundraising costs.
Chapin's newest scam, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Foundation was granted IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2009. In 2010 we again find high fund-raising expenses relative to actual program work at the Coalition. And oh yes, there's that buzz phrase again slightly altered to read PUBLIC AWARENESS!
Chapin paid himself a paltry salary $212,000 in 2010, took in donations in the amount of $17,167,529 while spending $16,979, 758 well over 2/3 went to overhead and advertising.
For now, let's look at National Vietnam Veterans Foundation - Veterans helping veterans!
|Program Service Revenue||$0|
|Total Primary Revenue||$4,721,827|
|TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES||$4,693,203|
|Payments to Affiliates||$0|
|Excess (or Deficit) for the year||$28,624|
Question: Would you donate to any of the three organization outlined above?