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From advice on giving in a crisis to expert analysis on complex charity finances, CharityWatch is a valuable resource for the media and general public alike. Here is a sampling of our many contributions to news stories.
"'I don't want to pat them on the back too much for, basically, not pulling a bait-and-switch [as the charity had done for over a decade] and being up front about what the prize actually is...'"
- Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, on San Diego Ronald McDonald House finally offering the highly advertised dream house to its raffle winner.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 02/18/2019
"'It looks like a CEO takeover of the organization,' Daniel Borochoff, president of Chicago-based CharityWatch, said when The [Buffalo] News described the situation to him. 'The board needs to be deciding who's voted in and who's voted out. They did make that decision, and he's still operating as if he's the CEO. There's enough money involved that regulators would be interested in this.'"
- Mr. Borochoff on the governance scandal at Buffalo's $50 million/year Community Action Organization where the board unsuccessfully attempted to fire the CEO and instead got many of its own members fired.
The Buffalo News, 02/17/2019
"... He [CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff] wishes it [Salvation Army] would be more transparent. 'It would increase the integrity of the Salvation Army if they...[disclosed] the compensation of their top people, as other charities do,' Borochoff said."
[Note: CharityWatch rates the Salvation Army-Central Territory and its other three Territories, based on their audited financial statements and other factors.]
CBS Minnesota, 02/11/2019
"'People should give right to the organization that they want to support. Why are they [We Build The Wall, Inc.] directing money to some other entity?' Borochoff said. 'This money could get stolen or misdirected to be used for another purpose.'"
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on how the new nonprofit organization started by the founder of the border wall GoFundMe campaign raises a "huge red flag" for directing check donations to a separate organization with a different name.
The Daily Caller News Foundation, 01/14/2019
"'Violating the intention of those donors, raising (money) for purpose x then distributing it as purpose y, that's wrong,' he said."
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on seeing federal super PACs masquerade as charities to potential donors.
The Cap Times, 01/09/2019
"'People really need to be careful that they're giving to legitimate organizations or people and not just scammers,' says Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch."
"... [T]here's no way of guaranteeing crowdfunding campaigns are legitimate or will use donated funds for stated purposes. Unlike nonprofit charities, online fund-raisers are not subject to financial reporting requirements or other regulations... [D]onors should contribute only to online campaigns run by people they know or by public charities."
- CharityWatch analyst, Stephanie Kalivas, commenting on the GoFundMe homeless veteran Johnny Bobbit "scam".
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/15/2018
"'Philanthropy has a long history of accepting gifts from people that aren't model citizens,' he said in an interview with CP. 'If there's a concern that he might be a racist, then by putting his money to programs that discourage racism and show how wrong and horrible racism is, then that can very well be worth it.'"
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on The International African-American Museum accepting a $5 million donation from Rosalind and Jerry Richardson. Jerry Richardson has been accused of a years-long pattern of racial and sexual misconduct.
Charleston City Paper, 11/02/2018
"CharityWatch, a nonprofit watchdog group in Chicago, gives the national Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and Foundation an F rating, primarily because less than half of the organization's proceeds go to non-fundraising activities."
Chicago Tribune, 09/19/2018
"The problem [with crowdfunding]...is 'there's so much stuff that goes up on their site [GoFundMe], there is no way to realistically vet everything,' [Stephanie] Kalivas [CharityWatch analyst] said. 'And even if the money goes to the right person, there's no follow-up. You don't know how the money was spent.'"
The Columbus Dispatch, 09/16/2018
"The 30-day window to file a claim [with GoFundMe] is restrictive, said Daniel Borochoff, president of the watchdog group CharityWatch. 'Typically, you wouldn't even know the money was misspent because there wouldn't be all of this reporting,' he said. To Borochoff, the Bobbitt case is an example of why donors are better off contributing to nonprofits that are subject to regulations and financial reporting requirements. 'GoFundMe is a business,' Borochoff said. 'Their biggest concern is not overseeing the legitimacy of all of these campaigns they're conducting, so there's very little in the way of regulations. It's easy pickings for a scammer.'"
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 09/06/2018
"'This is outrageous,' Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, stated. Charity Watch [sic] is a nationally acclaimed non-profit watchdog. 'I would tell him to get out of the charity field because he's taking money away that could go to actually helping veterans,' said Borochoff. '... think about it, $5 million over the last three years, that could be benefiting veterans who really need help,' said Borochoff."
NBC News Tampa, 09/04/2018
"'I'm glad that government regulators are shutting down some scam charities that have been ripping off donors for years. But we must remain vigilant; there are still far too many unethical or poorly performing charities still actively soliciting our dollars. This is particularly true with veterans and military charities,' said CharityWatch President Daniel Borochoff."
"Daniel Borochoff, founder and president of Chicago-based CharityWatch, has criticized the raffles over the years because it is unlikely the main advertised prize would ever be given away. 'It should be called 'The Castle in the Sky Raffle' with a disclaimer that it is constructed with pipe dreams,' he said. Borochoff said it could be a step in the right direction that the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has parted ways with a for-profit consultant [to run the raffle], because it probably means more raffle money could go to the charity. However, he said it would be better if a house were actually given away in the next raffle. 'They could just do a less costly house based on the amount of tickets they can reasonably expect to sell,' Borochoff said."
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on dream house raffles.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 06/19/2018
"... [T]he payment structure for [CEO] Young is problematic, partially because it could chase away future donors. 'One thing that really bothers me with this setup is, if he's the CEO, it's part of his job,' Borochoff said. 'And the organization is a team, it's not an individual. You could have staffers or board members or volunteers cultivate donors, and then he's going to claim he deserves this percentage [of a donation] because he's brought in at some point in the process?' [...] Borochoff said 'another thing that's crazy about this arrangement is that he could decide to spend all his time raising money and neglect the operations of the clinic.'"
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on why a Baton Rouge nonprofit leader requesting a 'finder's fee' for donations is problematic.
The Advocate, 05/23/2018
"While the NRA Foundation has an A-plus rating from Charity Watch [sic], the watchdog group says organizations that receive NRA money should be transparent about it. 'If you had a program on gun safety you'd want to know if it was funded by the NRA or an anti-gun control group,' said Charity Watch [sic] president Daniel Borochoff. 'Just as if you had a program on nutrition and health you'd want to know if it was funded by McDonald's or Philip Morris.'"
Fox News, Charlotte, NC, 05/03/2018
"Daniel Borochoff, president and founder of CharityWatch, a nonprofit watchdog group, said a trend of board members becoming staff members is unusual. 'Something doesn't seem right there, to have that many people moving from the board to the staff,' he said. 'The key concern is: Did these people have an unfair advantage as former board members?' Borochoff said it would be important for an organization to show that it had interviewed multiple candidates and done a thorough job search before deciding to hire a board member."
The Virginian-Pilot, 04/20/2018
"Daniel Borochoff, president and founder of the watchdog CharityWatch, says if you're not careful, you could end up giving to the wrong group. ... [An] example, he says, is the New York-based American Foundation for the Blind, which gets a rating of B- from CharityWatch, and the Virginia-based American Council of the Blind, which gets a rating of F from the watchdog."
Consumer Reports, 03/22/2018
"Daniel Borochoff, founder and president of Chicago-based CharityWatch, has been critical of dream house raffles in the past but acknowledged it could be the easiest way for some charities to make cash for a good cause. "If the charity feels this is the most cost-efficient way for it to raise money, without misleading people ... then it is a good thing," he said. "Charities need to be concerned about appearances and trust," he said. "If I was running that charity, I would say, 'We need to give away a house. I don't want to be associated with something where you are giving the impression you are giving away a house to people, and you're not doing it year after year after year.'"
- Daniel Borochoff commenting on why all charities must always practice transparency in their solicitation of donations.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 03/18/2018
"Circle of Friends for American Veterans and the Center for American Homeless Veterans, received 'Fs' from CharityWatch, a nonprofit organization that uses an A+ to F scale to rate nonprofits based on their financial transparency and spending habits. 'It's somewhat of a minefield for donors to locate a high-performing veterans charity,' said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch."
The Center for Public Integrity, 12/13/2017
"CharityWatch, a Chicago-based watchdog group, gives the Salvation Army's four regional headquarters financial efficiency ratings ranging from B-plus to A-minus. 'It's great that they run their kettle campaign ... with staff or volunteers rather than professional fund-raising companies that may give the charity only a small percentage of the donations collected,' CharityWatch President Daniel Borochoff said in an email."
Religion News Service, 12/02/2017
"If you have a group of charities you regularly support, don't shortchange them because you donated to hurricane victims, says Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a watchdog organization. 'There are times in this life when you need to step up and do more, and this is one of them.'"
Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 12/2017
"'This type of impulse donation [giving to charity in the check-out line] is okay if its [sic] just a small amount,' he [CharityWatch's president, Daniel Borochoff] said, 'but if you're making a more significant donation you really ought to do some research and find the charity of your choice who can do the most with your donation.'"
Great Falls Tribune, 11/20/2017
"Borochoff [president of CharityWatch] said donors should only contribute to a crowdfunding campaign if they trust the organizer, such as if it is someone they personally know or a respected community leader. If donors want to contribute to a non-profit organization, they should do so directly through the organization itself rather than through a crowdfunding website, which may collect its own fees from donations, he said."
"Use crowdfunding websites cautiously. While you can turn to a site such as GoFundMe or GiveForward to make donations to people you know, [CharityWatch president, Daniel] Borochoff says that with others, it can be difficult to know whether a fundraising campaign is legitimate and whether the money will be used as represented."
Consumer Reports, 10/19/2017
"Cultural affinity reasons may resonate, but they shouldn't get in the way of helping fellow human beings who fly the same flag, says Daniel Borochoff of the relief organization rating group CharityWatch. 'It's a humanitarian crisis down there and they are U.S. citizens,' he says. 'It would be like helping people in Hawaii.'"
- CharityWatch's president on why Americans donating $100s of millions to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida should also help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.
USA Today, 10/05/2017
"'We don't just accept what the charity reports, we actually do a deep dive [analysis] to figure out how your money is really being spent,' he [Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch] says."
Houston Public Media, 09/18/2017
"'[Donors should] not give solely based on the celebrity connection, but give based on...the charity's plan to help, and this group [J.J. Watt Foundation] has not been that specific on what they're going to do [with the $33 million raised in response to hurricane Harvey].'"
Houston Press, 09/14/2017
"Indeed, knowing how your dollars or donations will be used during and beyond an event is important before you give, [CharityWatch president, Daniel] Borochoff said. 'Sometimes a charity will raise more money than is needed for the cause, which could open the door for the charity to take advantage of having the overflow money,' he said. 'Find out how the money will be used and earmark your donation for a specific disaster so it's clear how you want your money allocated.'"
"We don't have infinite charitable resources. We have to accomplish as much as we can with the limited charitable resources we have," said Daniel Borochoff, president of the watchdog group CharityWatch. "So if groups decide to stockpile it, then that money is not freely available. It is not available to groups that would be using it to help people in need that are not receiving help, particularly with the government cutbacks."
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 07/26/2017
"'This is all highly unusual, and it gives an appearance of conflicts of interest that any nonprofit should want to avoid...'"
- Daniel Borochoff on the excessive amount of related party transactions at Jay Sekulow's charity, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism / ACLJ.
The Guardian, 06/27/2017
"...[T]here have been instances of what Daniel Borochoff, head of the charity watchdog group CharityWatch, terms crowd-thieving: people taking advantage of others' good will."
Consumer Reports, 05/20/2017
"CharityWatch, a Chicago-based nonprofit that evaluates and rates other nonprofits, gives Kars4Kids a D grade. 'They ought to [say] you are helping proselytize to secular Jews so they can become orthodox,' said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, who said he is Jewish. 'What's even worse is their ad makes it out that they are helping kids in general.'"
Star Tribune, 05/04/2017
"Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a watchdog group based in Chicago, noted Livestrong's decline in revenue but said the foundation had a net fund balance of $75.9 million at the end of 2015. 'They have breathing room. They can ride it out. It's the risk of being so closely associated with an individual. But on the good side, it never would have been such a big charity if it had not been for Lance's celebrity,' he said."
Houston Chronicle, 04/30/2017
"Charities are not required to publicize their compensation to celebrities, although failing to do so may not reflect the highest standards of philanthropy. 'Sometimes the compensation is hard to find, and a celebrity gets credit for caring about something when the reason he actually cares about it is because he or his foundation is getting paid,' Borochoff [CharityWatch's president] said."
The Boston Globe, 04/22/2017
"Individually, people can contribute to the agencies whose private relief efforts will relieve hunger in the areas that are suffering. CharityWatch.org has a list of top-rated charities on its website — Africare, the American Refugee Committee, Catholic Relief Services and the International Rescue Committee all receive an A-plus."
Santa Fe New Mexican, 04/08/2017
"'If a celebrity product marketer comes to them, they will probably be tempted to accept terms that maybe aren't as good as they could be.' he says. 'But I do think they have an obligation to their supporters to be clear about how it helps the cause.'"
- Daniel Borochoff on how donors are not aware that charities frequently "get the short end of the stick" when it comes to promotional deals with marketing businesses.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 04/04/2017
"Daniel Borochoff, president of Charity Watch, an independent watchdog group, said Colorado's [tax form] checkoff list appeared to be 'a random grouping of whatever the pet interests or contacts of the legislators are.' ...'If they're on the official state form, probably a lot of people are thinking that it's been vetted or checked out,' Borochoff added. 'That doesn't appear to be the case.'"
The Denver Post, 02/28/2017
"Borochoff [CharityWatch's President] said charities have an even higher standard to be seen as fair and 'above board' because of their status as a nonprofit."
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 01/23/2017
"'The fundraiser might be keeping 75 to 90 percent of the money,' says Borochoff of CharityWatch. Sometimes, he says, charities may end up paying fundraisers more than they take in, leaving the group with a loss."
Consumer Reports, 12/14/2016
"Just because a charity sends a gift, there's no obligation to donate and no need to feel guilty if you use the item — 'it's being done to manipulate you,' [CharityWatch's] Borochoff said."
Tampa Bay Times, 12/12/2016
"That swirl of cash, intense interest in supporting those returning from the wars, and a lack of long-established organizations to serve as models for best practices have conspired to create what...Daniel Borochoff, the president of CharityWatch, called a 'minefield' for potential donors [to veterans charities]."
The New York Times, 11/04/2016
"Over all, it seems that 'people don't understand charities,' Mr. Borochoff says. The differences that distinguish the institutions— in size, scope, and mission — seem lost on the public and many reporters."
- CharityWatch president on the vast differences between the Donald J. Trump Foundation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 09/29/2016
"The charity needs to make a good faith effort to be as accurate and clear in their solicitations or fundraising...Only if you read the fine print, do you see they have a big loophole, a big out."
- CharityWatch president on why Ronald McDonald House Charities should not use a fine print loophole to avoid giving away the dream house in its "Dream House Raffle"
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/31/2016
"'It's a public charity, and you have a board of directors with one independent board member,' he said. 'That means that he [Dwayne Wade] and his sister can make all the decisions for a public charity, so it would be better to broaden the board to represent the public's interest.'"
- Daniel Borochoff on governance concerns at Wade's World Foundation, founded by NBA star, Dwayne Wade
Chicago Tribune, 07/24/2016
"Very few donors would agree to that high of a fundraising cost. You're talking about other people's money. You're ripping off the donating public...(and) when it's a hot button issue like veterans, they'll give."
- Mr. Borochoff on Veterans Assistance Foundation's 83% fundraising cost.
The Capital Times, 07/12/2016
"'Our charitable resources are getting locked away,' Borochoff said. 'Particularly with the way the economy is, where a portion of the population is really struggling, really suffering and in dire need of charitable aid, it's problematic for us to be taking $15 billion off the table for later.'"
- CharityWatch's president, Daniel Borochoff on the huge amount of charitable dollars that are annually being placed in donor-advised funds for use sometime in the future.
The Washington Post, 06/21/2016
"One of the charities that Donald Trump selected to receive a donation from his veterans' fundraiser [Foundation for American Veterans] with a rating of "F" from CharityWatch..."
-Article on the presidential candidate's questionable vetting of charities.
The Washington Post, 06/01/2016
"Livestrong officials have had to 'redesign their revenue generation based on what their programs are rather than Lance's celebrity,' said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a watchdog group."
- Mr. Borochoff on how a shrunken Livestrong survives and prospers after disassociating itself from its tainted founder, Lance Armstrong.
USA Today, 5/04/2016
"Groups that hold fundraisers for charities should distribute the funds to those charities as rapidly as possible. By not doing so it delays aid or assistance to people in need of help and increases the risk that these funds get diverted to something other than their intended use."
-Mr. Borochoff on the controversy surrounding what happened to millions of dollars that Donald Trump generated at his fundraiser for veterans charities.
The Daily Beast, 4/22/2016
"Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a Chicago organization that monitors nonprofits, said he believes Wounded Warrrior Project began to operate more like a major business than a charity as it grew. 'The public are not OK with people in charities staying in five-star hotels...or spending on first-class travel,' he said."
The Wall Street Journal, 3/11/2016
"Sites like GoFundMe don't guarantee that everything is above-board," said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch. "We have limited charitable dollars and it's important that they not be wasted through fraudulent or well-intentioned but incompetent efforts."
- Mr. Borochoff on the pitfalls of utilizing crowd sourcing sites to donate to individuals who say they are helping with the Flint Michigan water crisis.
Detroit Free Press, 2/18/2016
“Even with those declines, the charity remains strong financially based on $92 million in reported assets, said Daniel Borochoff, founder of CharityWatch. ‘They have a lot of time to rebuild their reputation and regain donor and public support,’ Borochoff said. ‘They have significant reserves. People don't need to be panicky this group will be folding.’”
- Mr. Borochoff commenting on the unexpected resignation of LiveStrong's new CEO and the continued fall-off in revenue years after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
The Associated Press, 1/19/2016
“‘Often, donors want to get rid of their cars without hassle, get a tax-deduction and move on,’ Borochoff said. ‘This allows questionable actors to get involved because people aren’t being careful,’ he said.”
- Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a nonprofit watchdog group, said that the car donation charity industry is particularly ripe for abuse because donors are often less thoughtful about where the proceeds from their cars end up than where their donated cash goes.
Los Angeles Times, 12/1/2015
“Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, said charities sold information as a form of fund-raising, which can be positive. By allowing a group to sell your contact information, you're in effect increasing the impact of your donation: ‘It's an important revenue stream for the charity.’
But, he said, charities should make their policies clear, so donors can make an informed decision. ‘It's very much a personal preference,’ he said.”
The New York Times, 12/1/2015
“‘It can get kind of funny,’ says Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch. A charity might ‘say the fund-raising that interrupted your dinner is a program service because they ask you to pray for people who are suffering in the Sudan, or ask you to fly a flag and show you’re patriotic. Then they can magically turn the cost of that solicitation call into a program service.’”
Readers Digest, 12/2015
And once you are on their radar, charities typically will start spending marketing dollars to chase you for more donations.
"It's like you're teasing the charities. They think: 'They gave us a little; maybe if we ask, they'll give us a lot.'"
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on why it's better to give larger donations to a few charities rather than smaller gifts to lots of groups.
"If people read the fine print, they would probably not be that impressed with it ... People should be careful not to feel too good, because you're helping in a very miniscule way."
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, commenting on how charity affinity credit cards may contribute a tiny portion of a transaction to charity.
Chicago Tribune, 11/09/2015
“If Jared really was interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money... As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds.”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, commenting on how the now-scandalized Subway spokesman raised very little money toward his proclaimed goal of spending $2 million to fight childhood obesity.
USA Today, 8/23/2015
“‘I wish [Senator] Grassley would take this broader and not just be focusing on the Red Cross [with regard to Haiti] but focusing on all international aid and development groups and require they disclose who their grantees are … It’s basic information that donors ought to have access to.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the American Red Cross withholding information about their international grantees.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 7/24/2015
“‘They’ll itemize how much was spent on office supplies and then it’ll be $15m in unidentified stuff sent to Africa or the Pacific islands. Can’t you get more specific? Can’t you describe it?’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the quality of charity self reported information.
The Guardian, 6/5/2015
“[CharityWatch president Daniel Borochoff] said if a charity does not have its financial statements audited, donors should be cautious. ‘People don’t look as closely at charities as they do public companies, ... can you imagine what would happen to a company’s stock if it didn’t get audited? But Charities can choose to do that.’”
“Be on the lookout for innocuous-sounding advice that comes with a fund-raising appeal. If a group advises you to buckle your seatbelt, check your breast for lumps, fly the flag on July 4 or pray for victims of a disaster, this could signal that the charity is disguising some of its fund-raising costs as ‘public education,’ … ‘we see such attempts all the time.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff
The Wall Street Journal, 5/26/2015
“‘I’m glad to see our government regulators are putting a stop to these four outfits that for too long have been misleading the public and wasting millions of our charitable dollars ... This is a significant action, but it’s the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of other problems like this out there. … I hope they continue to go after some of these questionable operators.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the FTC and State AG’s fraud suit against four cancer charities for bilking over $187 million from donors.
The Washington Post, 5/19/2015
“‘They have made some improvements, but there are still serious concerns … We don’t feel confident about this organization as a good target for donors.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on Central Asia Institute’s continued “?” rating.
The Associated Press, 5/8/2015
“‘Spending just a little time on research can exponentially increase the good works accomplished by a donation.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on giving wisely.
The Wall Street Journal, 5/8/2015
“‘Regardless of whether you like [Hillary Clinton's] politics or not, this is a good charity.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation
The Washington Post, 4/27/2015
“‘We believe groups shouldn't raise significantly more money than what they need because we have limited charitable resources in this country, and that's money that could be spent on other needs,’ said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, which issued the flunking grade [to Navy SEAL Foundation for stockpiling over 5 years worth of its annual budget].”
The Virginian-Pilot, 4/9/2015
“Daniel Borochoff, president of the nonprofit watchdog CharityWatch, said that generally it's not a good idea for nonprofit leaders to hire family members. 'Internal controls break down when there's collusion,' Borochoff said, 'and family members are more likely to collude beacuse they already have those close personal relationships.'"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/14/2015
“‘It might be a lot better to sell a car yourself and donate the proceeds to charity,’ ... But if you don't want the hassle and prefer using a car donation agency, he said, you should demand to know what all the processing and overhead costs are and how much of the sale price will be forwarded to the chosen charity.”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on donating cars to charity
Los Angeles Times, 2/28/2015
“‘Rotten charities that waste money...[say] 'Don't look at overhead. It's not important. It does't matter,'" Borochoff said. 'But it does matter, because it's really hard for a charity to accomplish much if so little of its proceeds are going in the direction of programs and services.'"
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the importance of looking at overhead
Boston Globe, 1/15/2015
“CharityWatch delves a bit deeper into an organization's fundraising and other accounting practices, including how much is spent to raise each $100 of funds that are collected.”
“‘Some of these groups don't really do anything,’… ‘They just send out a bunch of mailings or make calls telling us that veterans have needs and they give this false indication that they're providing substantial aid.’… ‘The donors don't understand what's going on and the wool is being pulled over their eyes[.]’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the disconnect between what some veteran charities actually do and what they say they do in their solicitations
Darien News (Connecticut), 6/16/2014
“[C]harities generally should not be sitting on assets of more than three times their annual budget. ‘Why are they sitting on this money?’…‘Why isn’t that being given out in scholarships?’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on a scholarship charity that annually gives out less than 3% of its assets
The Associated Press, 8/19/2014
“‘They’re not spending money the way most donors would want it spent, which is for programs benefiting veterans. They’re spending it on direct mail and other solicitations.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ poor fundraising practices
The Kansas City Star, 8/24/2014
“But charities should be aware that companies are making profits, in part, based on appealing to runners' philanthropic sensibilities, … ‘What nonprofits have to worry about is if they're getting a fair shake and not getting their pocket picked for the use of their name[.]’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on misconceptions about charity races
Times Union, 10/13/2014
“Daniel Borochoff ... wished [New York Attorney General] Mr. Schneiderman had put the charity out of business or further penalized the board members who failed to exercise proper oversight. But he praised the settlement for helping ‘to make the public aware of what goes on behind the scenes.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on the $25 million settlement against fundraisers for the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, who allegedly misled donors and retained 90% of donations
The Chronicles of Philanthropy, 7/13/2014
“‘People assume that these platforms scrutinize each post. When in reality, these platforms are just pipelines for people who want to perpetuate a scam[.]’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on why one should not necessarily trust a viral online campaign just because it is conducted on a well known social networking site or utilizes a well known payment processor
The Guardian, 7/15/2014
“‘Daystar needs to tell people that only about 5 percent of their contributions are going towards hospitals, churches, needy individuals,’… ‘It would be a lot easier to sort all of this out if Daystar filed a public disclosure document with the IRS like the secular charities,’ … ‘If you want to make a contribution to your father's care facility or your kids' university and that's out there and open for anybody to ask about[,] [i]t brings a lot of accountability that wouldn't be there otherwise.’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, commenting that a religious group is not legally required to publicly disclose its finances – even if it is contributing to facilities that benefit the family members of its officers
“[T]he groups should find better ways to raise money than using expensive ‘cold call’ telemarketing, such as seeking grants or soliciting from the police officers, whom the organizations benefit. Borochoff says that groups that allow most of their donations to go to professional fundraisers hurt all nonprofits because there are only so many charitable donations to go around.
“‘If they can’t raise money reasonably, they should stop doing it and stop wasting our charitable dollars[.]’”
- CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, on poor fundraising practices of police and fire charities
Consumer Reports, 11/13/2014
“In its December report, CharityWatch’s president Daniel Borochoff ran down the latest scams ensnaring those wanting to help veterans, including crowdfunding pitches on Craigslist and Indiegogo for maimed warriors who don’t actually exist, and skuzzy look-alike charities that divert funds away from the real thing.”
Barron’s Penta 1/4/13
“As a consumer, you want to look at the price. [...] To pay a lot more for the charitable wine doesn’t make sense. You can buy the best product at the best price, make a charitable donation and get the tax deduction yourself.”
–Mr. Borochoff on buying products that purport to help charitable causes
The Wall Street Journal, 11/15/13
“You have one group that gets an A plus, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and another group that gets an F, the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation. There are many breast cancer charities that do very little if anything to help women who are suffering from breast cancer. What they do a lot of is send out a lot of solicitations.”
–CharityWatch President, Daniel Borochoff, on giving to breast cancer charities
WTOP Washington DC Radio, 10/16/13
“People ought to know upfront what portion of their contribution is going to wind up helping the charity. [&helli