America's worst charities

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

The solicitorsDirect Response Consulting Services


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 $1,339,394 $1,328,994 $10,400 0.80% direct mail
2008 National Veterans Service Fund $4,281,549 $489,698 $3,791,851 88.60% f/r couns
2008 Heart Support of America $424,733 $193,004 $231,729 54.60% direct mail
2009 Optimal Medical Foundation $1,735,854 $1,734,987 $867 0.00% direct mail
2009 National Veterans Service Fund $4,019,744 $634,442 $3,385,302 84.22% f/r couns
2009 Heart Support of America $2,625,002 $2,457,002 $168,000 6.40% direct mail
2010 Children's Cancer Fund of America $841,794 $724,017 $117,777 13.99% mail solic
2010 Heart Support of America $1,834,194 $1,666,194 $168,000 9.20% direct mail
2010 Optimal Medical Foundation $1,300,008 $1,376,900 $-76,892 -5.90% direct mail
2010 National Veterans Service Fund $3,963,705 $3,737,818 $225,887 5.70% f/r counse
2011 Project Cure (Bradenton, FL) $5,664,639 $343,621 $5,321,018 93.93% consulting
2011 Heart Support of America $1,978,408 $1,858,408 $120,000 6.10% mailing
TOTALS $30,009,024 $16,545,085 $13,463,939 44%

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.