America's worst charities

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

In detail#25: Heart Support of America

Heart Support Inc. is tucked into a Knoxville, Tenn., shopping plaza, between a realty office and "Rub-a-Dub Doggie" grooming center.

Founded in 1992 by a Cancer Fund of America board member, the charity appears to be in a slow financial decline. Donations collected from professional solicitors have decreased by 50 percent over the past decade, IRS records show.

In 2011, the charity collected about $2 million and paid 93 percent of that to its for-profit solicitor. Despite paying almost everything it raised to the company, Heart Support wound up $2 million in debt to its own solicitor that year.

Heart Support reports that it continues to give cash grants to heart patients to help them pay bills. In 2011, the charity reported giving $44,000 to 550 patients, for an average of about $80.

The charity's president, Laura Perry, did not respond to repeated calls or a certified letter seeking comment. Neither did her daughter, Linda Boyd, who is secretary of the charity's board.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

Heart Support of America, Inc. is organized to promote and provide financial assistance, aid and support to heart patients whose financial resources have been depleted due to the high cost of their treatment and cure and to service the purposes stated below. Heart Support of America, Inc., generally, shall assist federal, state and local governments through sharing its resources with said governments, assisting said governments through services, financial and "in-kind"" contributions, and cooperating with said governments to lessen their burdens and to facilitate their service to the public. The corporation shall alleviate suffering and distress in the united states and in foreign states, by aiding the poor, sick and malnourished individuals, to section 501(c)(3) organizations which aid the poor, sick and malnourished, and to local, state and federal governments. Heart Support of America, Inc., further shall lessen the burdens of government by assisting federal, state and local governments in times of crises, emergencies and declared states of need by making grants ""in-king"" of merchandise, products and goods to members of the united states armed forces and the general public."

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Heart Support of America

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
2012 pdf $2,601,710 $2,466,310 $135,400 $120,321 $50,737 1.95% $1,010,629
2011 pdf $2,231,424 $2,066,524 $164,900 $128,845 $44,372 1.99% $981,610
2010 pdf $2,188,337 $1,976,633 $211,704 $161,403 $30,047 1.37% $963,162
2009 pdf $3,063,259 $2,829,005 $234,254 $107,650 $31,680 1.03% $1,119,469
2008 pdf $625,414 $314,206 $311,208 $118,568 $84,951 13.58% $1,238,426
2007 pdf $3,898,162 $485,578 $3,412,584 $100,057 $116,444 2.99% $1,334,114
2006 pdf $3,653,748 $796,019 $2,857,729 $86,191 $146,821 4.02% $1,184,268
2005 pdf $4,530,567 $903,011 $3,627,556 $74,799 $142,222 3.14% $1,696,143
2004 pdf $4,356,885 $554,132 $3,802,753 $69,846 $146,400 3.36% $1,696,645
2003 pdf $4,266,473 $522,195 $3,744,278 $65,295 $171,191 4.01% $1,429,374
zTOTALS $31,415,979 $12,913,613 $18,502,366 $1,032,975 $964,865 3.1% $12,653,840

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Bee LC $87,004 $30,954 $56,050 64.40% telemarketing
2008 Direct Response Consulting Services $424,733 $193,004 $231,729 54.60% direct mail
2008 T&T Rettig $87,845 $70,276 $17,569 20.00% telemarketing
2008 Preferred Community Services $25,832 $19,972 $5,860 22.70% telemarketing
2009 Direct Response Consulting Services $2,625,002 $2,457,002 $168,000 6.40% direct mail
2009 Preferred Community Services $15,222 $12,938 $2,284 15.00% telemarketing
2009 Bee LC $341,933 $294,183 $47,750 14.00% telemarketing
2009 T&T Rettig $81,102 $64,882 $16,220 20.00% telemarketing
2010 Bee LC $322,554 $285,168 $37,386 11.60% telemarketing
2010 Direct Response Consulting Services $1,834,194 $1,666,194 $168,000 9.20% direct mail
2010 T&T Rettig $31,589 $25,271 $6,318 20.00% telemarketing
2011 Direct Response Consulting Services $1,978,408 $1,858,408 $120,000 6.10% mailing
2011 Bee LC $253,016 $208,116 $44,900 17.70% telemarketing

Who got direct cash aid

Year Recipient Cash received Location
2010 Patient Services $30,047