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
California, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio 6 Consent/settlement, Disciplined-no details, Fine/penalties, adjudication $48,000

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 American Foundation For Disabled Children $155,606 $132,956 $22,650 14.60% professional fundraising
2008 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $3,402,340 $2,962,793 $439,547 12.90% fundraising
2008 National Veterans Service Fund $1,468,208 $1,343,362 $124,846 8.50% prof f/r
2008 Firefighters Charitable Foundation $528,153 $448,818 $79,335 15.00% fundraising
2009 American Foundation For Disabled Children $85,747 $73,539 $12,208 14.24% prof f/r
2009 National Veterans Service Fund $1,356,640 $1,263,215 $93,425 6.89% prof f/r
2009 Firefighters Charitable Foundation $405,981 $354,624 $51,357 12.70% fundraising
2010 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $2,756,324 $2,377,531 $378,793 13.74% fundraising
2010 American Foundation For Disabled Children $163,297 $128,070 $35,227 21.60% professional fundraising
2010 International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO $1,250,599 $1,126,599 $124,000 9.90% phone solicitations
2011 Youth Development Fund $19,858 $18,646 $1,212 6.10%
2011 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $114,612 $99,941 $14,671 12.80% fundraising
2011 International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO $3,722,905 $3,498,505 $224,400 6.00% phone solicitations
2011 Firefighters Charitable Foundation $298,668 $262,261 $36,407 12.20% fundraising
TOTALS $15,728,938 $14,090,860 $1,638,078 10%

Last updated 12/09/2014 © 2014 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.