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Crowdfunding Popularity Continues to Soar Despite Risks to Donors

Several years ago most people probably had never heard the word crowdfunding Defined as the process of funding a project...

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Costly and Continuous Kars4Kids Ads Disguise Charity's Real Purpose

Described by many as annoying and by SFGate com as the subject of widespread ubiquitous hate the catchy advertising jingle...

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Reported Charity Salaries May Not Tell the Full Story

Donors often seek out information on charity executive salaries when considering whether or not to donate to a particular nonprofit...

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The Senate Singles Out WWP For Bad Practices That Also Occur At Other Charities

Multiple media outlets including CBS News and The New York Times accused WWP of wasting donations on lavish spending such...

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"CharityWatch has warned in advance of coming scandals at Feed the Children, Central Asia Institute, and Wounded Warrior Project. "

Barrons, 06/18/2016

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"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

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