In detail#48: Roger Wyburn-Mason & Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
Also doing business as: The Arthritis Trust of America, The Rheumatoid Disease Foundation, Osteoporosis Fund Of America
Perry Chapdelaine, an 88-year-old doctor, runs this charity from his house on Sweet Gum Road in Tennessee.
Chapdelaine said that after he was cured of rheumatoid arthritis using an alternative treatment program, he dedicated himself to educating others about cures for the disease. He tried to get the Arthritis Foundation interested in his work many years ago. When that didn't work, he joined forces with other doctors to start his own organization.
That translates into a job for Chapdelaine, who took a $20,000-a-year salary to write articles about arthritis that he publishes on his charity's website. He also provides physician referrals.
Chapdelaine has also written science fiction stories, sometimes under the name Anthony di Fabio.
The charity, which raises donations under three additional names, including The Arthritis Trust of America, relies almost exclusively on two related professional solicitation companies to cold call potential donors and send out sweepstakes mailers to home addresses across the nation.
Over the past decade, donors have given about $8.4 million. The charity incorrectly filled out reports filed with the IRS, so its total solicitation costs can't be determined from public records. However, reports filed with state regulators show the charity typically guarantees solicitors will get 80 to 90 cents of every dollar raised.
Chapdelaine said his organization is providing a vital service. "We’ll send you to a doctor to get help. We get 2,500 hits on our website every day. We are giving great benefits to people," he said. "It really bothers me that the cost-to-benefit ratio is so highly used."
In their own words: the Charity's mission
To provide physician referral, publications on complementary/alternative treatments for arthritis victims and to do research when funds are available. Worldwide clientale; clients vary considerably. Ties to organizations in England, South Africa and Canada. We tell folks how to get well from so-called incurable arthritic diseases.
Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State
Roger Wyburn-Mason & Jack M Blount Foundation For Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
Fundraising and spending history
For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.
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