America's worst charities

Our ranking based on cash paid to solicitors in the past decade

In detail#43: Firefighters Assistance Fund

Firefighters Assistance Fund is one of four groups on the Times/CIR list of worst charities that claim to help burn victims and underequipped fire departments.

Over the past eight years, Firefighters Assistance Fundhas raised $5.6 million and paid 83 percent of that to the companies that raise its donations. Over the same period, it has given out about $180,000 in direct cash aid, with cash grants dwindling over the past two years.

In its 2010 IRS tax filing, the charity reported spending about $26,000 on programs. About $8,200 of that was in cash to the needy or volunteer fire departments. The charity spent an additional $18,000 on coloring books and firefighting equipment. In 2011, the charity did not report making any cash grants.

Robert Amick, vice president of Firefighters Assistance Fund, spoke briefly by phone to a reporter, but declined to answer questions. He said his brother, Joe Amick, is the only paid employee. He was paid about $20,000 for his part-time position in 2011.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

-Provide funds in the form of grants to firefighting organization to purchase needed equipment, improve/enhance existing equipment and/or replace outdated equipment. -Provide funds to perform educational classes and materials in training certified firefighters and candidates .These will include employed and volunteer firefighters and support staff. Provide educational materials to classrooms though out the united states. Provide funds to burn victims and burn centers.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Firefighters Assistance Fund

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Pennsylvania 1 Fine/penalties $1,000

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2011 pdf $186,546 $150,742 $36,415 $19,338 $0 0.00% $23,293
2010 pdf $483,491 $389,781 $93,710 $32,046 $2,200 0.46% $56,152
2009 pdf $700,603 $570,124 $130,479 $27,427 $6,000 0.86% $45,782
2008 pdf $571,528 $457,324 $114,204 $47,332 $13,000 2.27% $43,647
2007 pdf $840,140 $670,373 $169,767 $53,800 $4,225 0.50% $62,548
2006 pdf $1,308,067 $1,046,049 $262,018 $43,780 $72,013 5.51% $106,354
2005 pdf $915,986 $813,788 $102,198 $28,260 $70,075 7.65% $93,836
2004 pdf $566,062 $502,575 $63,487 $10,440 $11,600 2.05% $24,224
zTOTALS $5,572,423 $4,600,756 $972,278 $262,423 $179,113 3.2% $455,836

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Countyco $22,646 $18,116 $4,530 20.00% soliciting
2008 Non-Profit Services $261,281 $209,077 $52,204 20.00% soliciting
2008 Associated Community Services (Southfield, MI) $287,601 $230,131 $57,470 20.00% soliciting
2009 Associated Community Services (Southfield, MI) $166,218 $133,123 $33,095 19.91%
2009 Campaign Center $225,231 $189,404 $35,827 15.91%
2009 Non-Profit Services $280,112 $224,338 $55,774 19.91%
2009 Countyco $29,042 $23,259 $5,783 19.91%
2010 Associated Community Services (Southfield, MI) $140,784 $112,237 $28,547 20.30%
2010 Non-Profit Services $227,706 $182,165 $45,541 20.00%
2010 Campaign Center $66,023 $55,459 $10,564 16.00%
2010 Crown Management $36,898 $30,256 $6,642 18.00%
2010 Countyco $12,080 $9,664 $2,416 20.00%