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Why So Much Junk Mail? And So Many Charity Scams?

   Nov 12, 2021

"There's just a huge chasm at times between what a charity is saying about itself and what the finances reveal it is really doing." 

"For the most part there are a lot of really great charities out there. The way to maintain a level playing field for nonprofits is to make sure that when we see some of these predatory people who know how to stay just on the right side of the law to be able to continue to exploit people's generosity and play on their emotions...we need to be able to expose people like that so that the rest of the nonprofit sector can continue to operate efficiently and effectively, and not be competing for donations with some of these really predatory people who are siphoning money away from really important causes."

"Professional fundraisers have a lot of different clients. Depending on the contract a charity has with its fundraiser, once you donate to one of its charity clients, that professional fundraiser might then put your name on a list so that they start to contact you for all of their other clients. So, you donate $50 to a cancer research charity, and suddenly over the next month you're getting donation requests from a veterans organization, from an animal organization, from an environmental organization, police and firefighters...and you ask yourself, 'how did this happen?' Well what happened is that your name is now on a list as someone who is an active donor."


- CharityWatch Executive Director, Laurie Styron, in her interview with Bob Sullivan for AARP's Perfect Scam Podcast.

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