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CharityWatch, founded more than 20 years ago as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), is America's most independent, assertive charity watchdog. CharityWatch does not merely repeat what a charity reports using simplistic or automated formulas. We dive deep to let you know how efficiently a charity will use your donation to fund the programs you want to support. CharityWatch exposes nonprofit abuses and advocates for your interests as a donor.

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Help Hospitalized Veterans Is Banned from VA Hospitals

Another startling fact concerning the F rated Help Hospitalized Veterans HHV has come to the attention of CharityWatch...

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Huge Amounts of Donations Squandered by "F" Rated Charity Before Settlement Is Reached

Believed to be the largest amount of financial relief ever obtained in the U S for deceptive charitable fundraising a...

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Donors' Intentions Violated at For-profit Thrift Stores

When you donate unwanted clothes or household goods to a charity for resale at thrift stores just how much of...

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Syrian Humanitarian Relief

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the...

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"All four of the charities that the Federal Trade Commission is suing received an 'F' rating from CharityWatch-and a web search may have prevented millions of dollars from being funneled to these organizations."

Jeffrey H. Joseph, George Washington University Professor, in Forbes, 6/15/2015

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"'I'm [CharityWatch's president] 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.' "

The Washington Post, 5/19/2015

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