SWEET CHARITY

 

To get donations, a number of charities are besieging the public with aggressive money-raising tactics.  They even turn the job over to professionals who keep a hefty portion of what they collect.  In a study of 168 telemarketing campaigns, Connecticut’s Public Charity Unit found that 73% of the money raised went to solicitors.  A North Carolina survey found that solicitors kept 81%, and the Minnesota Attorney General investigated a charitable campaign in which solicitors claimed 83% of the money raised.

In 1988, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states:

  cannot limit the percentage solicitors take in fees from the amount collected for charity,

  cannot compel solicitors to tell donors that they are paid fundraisers, and

  cannot make solicitors tell potential donors how much of a previous year’s solicitation

  actually went for charitable purposes.

You can judge an organization’s practices, as well as its veracity, by asking them to send you a copy of their federal Form 990.  All federally tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that have $25,000.00 or more of gross receipts for the year are required to file this annual informational tax return.  Churches and religious orders are exempt from the requirement.  However, they can voluntarily file.

Charities must make the forms for the previous three years available for public inspection at the charity’s main office.  Most national charities are divided into chapters with the main office of each chapter in a far distant city like Washington, DC.  How is that for evasion?

You can also get a copy of the federal annual informational tax return Form 990 from the Disclosure Office of any IRS District Office.  It is necessary to have the employer identification number of the charity.

If you ever get to look at the Form 990, you will find out how much the charity spent for fundraising fees, salaries and more.  You will be shocked.

When a solicitor telephones you regarding a charity, say:

   1.   Are you a federally tax-exempt nonprofit organization?

   2.   What is your employer identification number?

   3.   Please send me a copy of your federal annual informational tax return Form 990 including Schedule A with all six pages of each form along with all attachments, statements and extensions as filed with the IRS for the most recent year.

Very few so-called charitable organizations will send you this information.  When they do, it is usually incomplete.  They do not want you to know the amount of those unconscionable salaries and perquisites.

SWEET CHARITY

by Robert A Kroboth     WWW.CitizenGadfly.Com

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TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS

 

Some tax-exempt organizations have their most recent federal annual informational tax return Form 990 available on their website.  Some will send you a copy by e‑mail.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY NATIONAL HOME OFFICE

1599 Clifton Rd NE

Atlanta  GA  30329-4251                            (404) 320-3333

EIN 13-1788491

www.cancer.org

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION (NATIONAL CENTER)

1701 N Beauregard St  # 100

Alexandria  VA  22311-1733                      (703) 549-1500

EIN 13-1623888

www.diabetes.org

2001 January 2   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC

7272 Greenville Av

Dallas  TX  75231-4576                              (214) 373-6300

EIN 13-5613797

www.americanheart.org

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

61 Broadway

New York City  NY  10006-2701               (212) 315-8700

EIN 13-1632524

www.lungusa.org

AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS

& ITS CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS AND BRANCHES

17th & “D” Sts NW

Washington  DC  20006-5307                     (703) 206-7851

EIN 53-0196605

CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE

681  5th Av

New York City  NY  10022

EIN

1995 November 30   Request for copies of IRS Form 990 was denied unless $50.00 was paid.

CHILDREACH   See PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA, INC

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

2000 E Red Bridge Rd

Kansas City  MO  64131-9971                    (816) 942-2000

EIN

1995 November 16   Request for copies of IRS Form 990 was denied.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK

4525 S 2300 East  # 202

Salt Lake City  UT  84117-4426                  (801) 278-8900

EIN 87-0387205

www.cmn.org

COMIC RELIEF

5959 Triumph St

City of Commerce  CA  90040-1609

EIN

1995 November 17   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

1999 November 15   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

333  7th Av  2nd Fl

New York  NY  10001-5004                       (888) 392-0392

EIN

www.doctorswithoutborders.org

2011 January 11   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

FEED THE CHILDREN, INC

PO Box 36

Oklahoma City  OK  73101-0036               (405) 942-0228

EIN 73-6108657

MARCH OF DIMES BIRTH DEFECTS FOUNDATION

1275 Mamaroneck Av

White Plains  NY  10605-5201                   (914) 428-7100

EIN 13-1846366

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION, INC

3300 E Sunrise Dr

Tucson  AZ  85718-3208                            (520) 529-2000

EIN 13-1665552

www.mdausa.org/special/taxforms

NATIONAL CANCER RESEARCH FUND   See CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE

NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

1012  14th St NW  # 600

Washington  DC  20005-3410                     (202) 737-6444

EIN

1993 January 24   Request for copies of IRS Form 990 was denied.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

1800 Johnson St  # 300

Baltimore  MD  21230-4998                       (410) 659-9314

EIN

1995 November 24   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

1999 November 19   Request for copies of IRS Form 990 was denied unless $4.30 was paid.  Letter was sent by Certified Mail which cost them $3.42.  Prior to the letter being sent, they phoned this publisher long distance.

NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION

30 E 33rd St  # 1100

New York City  NY  10016-5337               (212) 252-1964

EIN 13-1673104

2001 January 2   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

733  3rd Av  6th Fl

New York  City  10017-3288                      (212) 986-3240

EIN 13-5661935

PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA, INC dba CHILDREACH

155 Plan Way

Warwick  RI  02886-1099                          (401) 738-5600

EIN 13-5661832

www.childreach.org

SALVATION ARMY

615 Slaters Lane

PO Box 269

Alexandria  VA  22313-0269                      ()

EIN

www.salvationarmyusa.org

2011 January 11   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

SAVE THE CHILDREN FEDERATION

54 Wilton Rd

PO Box 950

Westport  CT  06881-0950                         (203) 226-7271

EIN 06-0726487

2001 January 2   No response to request for copies of IRS Form 990.

UNITED WAY OF AMERICA

701 N Fairfax St

Alexandria  VA   22314-2045                     (703) 836-7112

EIN 13-1635294

www.unitedway.org

WORLD VISION, INC

34834 Weyerhaeuser Way S

PO Box 9716                                              (800) 260-9909

Federal Way  WA  98063-9716                   (253) 815-1000

EIN 95-1922279

www.worldvision.org

TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS

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Every city has a voluntary, unified charity organization to receive and disperse funds to local charities that participate in the fundraising.

Citizens can even specify to which individual charity they wish their contribution to frequent.  Citizens vote with their money.  It is their freedom of speech.

When government gives taxpayer money to charities, government is depriving citizens of this first amendment right.

Taxpayers should not be forced to contribute money to any religious organization.  The United States Constitution and most state constitutions provide for separation of church and state.

Most city councils and state legislatures violate this separation of church and state by contributing taxpayer money to religious organizations.

These religious organizations are not required to file a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation’s federal annual informational tax return Form 990 nor state mandatory annual financial reports.

 

Robert Allen Kroboth

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