America's worst charities

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

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Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio 5 Disciplined-no details, Fine/penalties $7,000

Fundraising history

Amounts cover only the years and charities shown and are not a full accounting of fundraising activity.

Year Client charity Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Optimal Medical Foundation $162,504 $155,154 $7,350 4.50% telemarketing
2008 National Veterans Service Fund $304,675 $223,051 $81,624 26.80% prof f/r
2008 Heart Support of America $87,004 $30,954 $56,050 64.40% telemarketing
2009 Optimal Medical Foundation $172,825 $274,526 $-101,701 0.00% telemarketing
2009 National Veterans Service Fund $359,950 $262,764 $97,186 27.00% prof f/r
2009 National Cancer Coalition $374,118 $335,718 $38,400 10.26% telemark eting
2009 Breast Cancer Relief Foundation $127,429 $110,379 $17,050 13.38% telemarketing
2009 Heart Support of America $341,933 $294,183 $47,750 14.00% telemarketing
2010 Heart Support of America $322,554 $285,168 $37,386 11.60% telemarketing
2010 Cancer Fund of America $389,136 $304,786 $84,350 21.70% telemarketing
2010 Optimal Medical Foundation $188,767 $317,580 $-128,813 -68.20% telemarketing
2010 National Veterans Service Fund $330,527 $314,120 $16,407 5.00% prof f/r
2011 Heart Support of America $253,016 $208,116 $44,900 17.70% telemarketing
TOTALS $3,414,438 $3,116,499 $297,939 8%

Last updated 06/21/2013 © 2013 All Rights Reserved

America’s Worst Charities is the result of a yearlong collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s largest and longest serving nonprofit newsroom dedicated to watchdog journalism. CNN joined the partnership in March 2013.