America's worst charities

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

The solicitorsProfessional fundraisers hired by the 50


How much each solicitor took in for charity clients

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

Solicitor Cash raised Cash retained Percent retained Cash to charity Solicitor's clients Years
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Fines
Community Support
37-1471517
$30.8 million  $28.1 million  91.1% $2.7 million  American Foundation For Disabled Children, Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center, Disabled Police Officers of America Inc., Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Police Protective Fund, Reserve Police Officers Association, United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 50 $203,994
Direct Response Consulting Services $30.0 million  $16.5 million  55.1% $13.5 million  Children's Cancer Fund of America, Heart Support of America, National Veterans Service Fund, Optimal Medical Foundation, Project Cure (Bradenton, FL) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Xentel
65-0896267
$25.1 million  $21.3 million  84.9% $3.8 million  American Association of State Troopers, Committee For Missing Children, Veterans Assistance Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 31 $1,043,435
Newport Creative Communications $19.6 million  $16.6 million  85.0% $2.9 million  American Foundation For Disabled Children, Committee For Missing Children, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Disabled Police Officers of America Inc., Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Kids Wish Network, National Caregiving Foundation, Survivors and Victims Empowered, United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 20 $400,007
Brickmill Marketing Services $19.6 million  $16.5 million  84.3% $3.1 million  Kids Wish Network, United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Vehicle Donation Processing Center $18.5 million  $14.5 million  78.6% $4.0 million  Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Children's Wish Foundation International, National Veterans Service Fund 2008, 2009, 2010 3 $35,376
Associated Community Services
52-1626121
$15.9 million  $13.3 million  84.1% $3.7 million  Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation, Circle of Friends For American Veterans, Firefighters Assistance Fund, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Youth Development Fund 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 16 $155,000
Courtesy Call $15.7 million  $14.1 million  89.6% $1.6 million  American Foundation For Disabled Children, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, National Veterans Service Fund, United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Youth Development Fund 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 6 $48,000
Charitable Resource Foundation $15.5 million  $13.8 million  88.9% $1.7 million  Children's Cancer Fund of America, Circle of Friends For American Veterans, Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
LAS LLC
22-3555879
$14.6 million  $13.0 million  88.6% $1.7 million  International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO 2008, 2009 0 $0
Jak Productions $11.8 million  $10.4 million  88.2% $1.4 million  Children's Charity Fund, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, Kids Wish Network, Police Protective Fund 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 $500
Midwest Publishing
86-0720394
$11.4 million  $9.4 million  82.3% $2.0 million  Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, Caring for Our Children Foundation, Committee For Missing Children, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $0
Organizational Development $10.6 million  $8.7 million  82.4% $1.9 million  Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, Cancer Fund of America, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 $750
The Heritage Company $9.8 million  $7.0 million  71.6% $2.8 million  Children's Wish Foundation International, National Caregiving Foundation, United Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 4 $15,200
Insight Teleservices $7.8 million  $6.8 million  87.0% $1.0 million  Cancer Fund of America, Kids Wish Network, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $0
Directele $6.2 million  $5.2 million  83.0% $1.1 million  Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Kids Wish Network 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Public Awareness
75-2948046
$4.9 million  $4.3 million  88.4% $562,907  American Association of State Troopers, Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 $22,500
Courtesy Health Watch $4.8 million  $3.8 million  79.6% $980,610  Children's Leukemia Research Association, National Cancer Coalition, United Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010 1 $0
Dream Giveaway $4.4 million  $2.5 million  56.8% $1.9 million  Kids Wish Network 2011 0 $0
Statewide Appeal $4.0 million  $3.5 million  87.2% $514,343  American Association of State Troopers, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Police Protective Fund 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Creative Direct Response $3.8 million  $413,789  11.0% $3.4 million  Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, National Cancer Coalition 2009 0 $0
Outreach Calling $3.7 million  $3.3 million  89.1% $406,377  Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, Kids Wish Network 2010, 2011 1 $500
Menacola Marketing $3.5 million  $2.9 million  84.9% $524,690  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, Firefighters Burn Fund, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, National Police Defense Foundation, Police Protective Fund, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Bee LC $3.4 million  $3.1 million  91.3% $297,939  Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, Cancer Fund of America, Heart Support of America, National Cancer Coalition, National Veterans Service Fund, Optimal Medical Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 5 $7,000
Telcom Services $3.2 million  $2.8 million  87.2% $414,381  American Association of State Troopers, Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Center Stage Attractions
56-2333044
$3.2 million  $2.6 million  80.2% $634,974  The Veterans Fund 2008, 2009, 2010 9 $162,000
Safety Publications $2.8 million  $2.4 million  86.2% $391,275  American Association of State Troopers, Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Children's Charity Fund, Firefighters Burn Fund 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Car Program $2.6 million  $611,920  23.2% $2.0 million  Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, United Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 $0
Telequal $1.9 million  $1.5 million  78.8% $411,101  Children's Charity Fund, Firefighters Burn Fund, Hope Cancer Fund, Youth Development Fund 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Midwest Response $1.9 million  $1.6 million  85.2% $277,665  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Non-Profit Services $1.8 million  $1.5 million  83.0% $308,292  Disabled Police Officers of America Inc., Firefighters Assistance Fund, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $0
Dytel $1.6 million  $1.4 million  85.9% $222,686  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Shiloh International Ministries 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Telenet & Associates $1.6 million  $1.3 million  81.7% $288,013  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Jadent $1.6 million  $1.3 million  83.6% $257,821  Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Find the Children, Kids Wish Network 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Olympia Publishing $1.3 million  $1.1 million  80.6% $254,362  Kids Wish Network 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
Contract Communications $1.3 million  $1.0 million  77.8% $285,760  Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $500
Base Connect $1.1 million  $608,727  53.8% $521,768  Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2009, 2011 1 $0
Public Appeal $1.1 million  $941,602  88.9% $117,243  Committee For Missing Children, Firefighters Charitable Foundation 2010, 2011 0 $0
Precision Performance Marketing $1.0 million  $943,461  91.4% $88,249  Circle of Friends For American Veterans, Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
United Deaf Services $1.0 million  $662,851  65.0% $356,476  American Association of the Deaf & Blind 2009, 2010 0 $0
PC's Unlimited $979,663  $790,718  80.7% $188,945  Children's Charity Fund, Firefighters Burn Fund, Shiloh International Ministries 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $5,000
Campaign Center
04-3608387
$974,798  $802,913  82.4% $171,885  American Foundation For Disabled Children, Children's Charity Fund, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Firefighters Assistance Fund, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Capital District Callers $969,804  $494,356  51.0% $475,448  Defeat Diabetes Foundation, United Breast Cancer Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Thomas Buchman $955,723  $818,045  85.6% $137,678  Shiloh International Ministries 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
Jek Marketing $929,125  $839,427  90.3% $89,698  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Profit Marketing $869,447  $659,772  75.9% $209,675  National Police Defense Foundation 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
Fire Fighter Services $705,398  $599,589  85.0% $105,809  Firefighters Charitable Foundation 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Civic Development Group
22-3440864
$581,493  $494,269  85.0% $87,224  Firefighters Charitable Foundation 2009 14 $20,291,250
E-Timed Solutions $555,332  $455,727  82.1% $99,605  Optimal Medical Foundation, Youth Development Fund 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
Total Safety Publications $549,163  $457,487  83.3% $91,676  Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009 0 $0
Source 2000 $546,982  $492,284  90.0% $54,698  Cancer Fund of America 2010 0 $0
Corporations For Character $528,814  $440,464  83.3% $88,350  Cancer Fund of America, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 2010, 2011 0 $0
T&T Rettig $512,592  $415,379  81.0% $97,213  Cancer Fund of America, Heart Support of America, Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
ATS $511,468  $410,733  80.3% $100,735  Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Collier County Entertainment and Promotions Company $502,330  $409,803  81.6% $92,527  Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center, Firefighters Burn Fund 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 4 $1,250
Community Relations $475,653  $401,644  84.4% $74,009  Cancer Fund of America, Children's Charity Fund, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2010 0 $0
Lino's $392,912  $316,699  80.6% $76,213  Children's Charity Fund, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Firefighters Burn Fund, Hope Cancer Fund, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Reserve Police Officers Association 2009, 2010 0 $0
Teleservice USA
38-3382887
$364,987  $312,587  85.6% $52,400  Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 4 $0
KARS-R-UScom $362,261  $277,139  76.5% $135,122  Find the Children 2010 0 $0
Helem Olah $360,251  $287,736  79.9% $72,515  Shiloh International Ministries 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Preferred Community Services $339,606  $281,740  83.0% $57,866  Children's Cancer Fund of America, Committee For Missing Children, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Heart Support of America, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, Survivors and Victims Empowered 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 1 $0
Merit Fundraising $304,109  $333,814  109.8% $-29,705  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Committee For Missing Children, Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Harbinger Communications Co Inc $302,662  $284,779  94.1% $17,883  Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation 2008, 2009 0 $0
Debbie Lopez $299,654  $256,593  85.6% $43,061  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Firefighters Burn Fund 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Capital Assistance $291,357  $254,975  87.5% $36,382  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Area Benefits $290,096  $246,093  84.8% $44,003  Firefighters Burn Fund 2009, 2010 0 $0
Safety Communications $284,706  $225,933  79.4% $58,773  Firefighters Burn Fund, Hope Cancer Fund 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Market Development Group $236,503  $236,503  100.0% $0  Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation 2010 0 $0
Miami Soliciting Company $225,768  $172,812  76.5% $52,956  Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
New Liberty Promotions $197,525  $167,452  84.8% $30,073  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, National Police Defense Foundation 2008, 2009 0 $0
Community Welfare Service $190,038  $152,030  80.0% $38,008  American Association of State Troopers 2011 0 $0
Washington Intelligence Bureau $170,110  $245,004  144.0% $-74,894  Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2008 0 $0
Public Safety $169,743  $143,909  84.8% $25,834  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Shiloh International Ministries 2010, 2011 0 $0
Public Safety Communications
42-1360249
$162,487  $146,239  90.0% $16,248  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2009 2 $0
Crown Management $135,349  $114,575  84.7% $20,774  Firefighters Assistance Fund, Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Washington Lists $132,890  $49,169  37.0% $83,721  National Veterans Service Fund 2009 0 $0
Northeast Advertising Dba James Vincent $130,028  $101,867  78.3% $28,161  Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center, Vietnow National Headquarters 2009, 2010 0 $0
Galloway Marketing $128,573  $105,430  82.0% $23,143  Vietnow National Headquarters 2008 0 $0
Ron Doddy & Associates $127,522  $102,037  80.0% $25,485  Defeat Diabetes Foundation 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Community Development Group $118,671  $104,430  88.0% $14,241  Circle of Friends For American Veterans 2009 0 $0
Tele-Response Center $104,637  $67,904  64.9% $36,733  The Veterans Fund 2011 2 $1,000
United Support LLC $95,784  $85,248  89.0% $10,536  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2011 0 $0
J & B Projects $87,066  $64,713  74.3% $22,353  National Police Defense Foundation 2009 0 $0
American Help Group $86,840  $77,288  89.0% $9,552  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2011 0 $0
Independent Marketing Solutions
26-0826307
$79,778  $65,418  82.0% $14,360  Vietnow National Headquarters 2009 1 $0
Community Services
93-0984702
$75,358  $66,621  88.4% $8,737  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2008, 2009 1 $0
Caring People Enterprises $72,885  $60,498  83.0% $12,387  Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009 1 $0
Community Publications $72,776  $61,860  85.0% $10,916  Firefighters Burn Fund 2009 0 $0
Fund Production $71,011  $26,355  37.1% $44,656  National Veterans Service Fund 2008 0 $0
PCS $67,729  $54,027  79.8% $13,702  Defeat Diabetes Foundation 2009 0 $0
Charity Solutions $65,416  $53,922  82.4% $11,494  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Shiloh International Ministries 2010, 2011 0 $0
Countyco $63,768  $51,039  80.0% $12,729  Firefighters Assistance Fund 2008, 2009, 2010 0 $0
Gelmar Ltd $62,064  $50,077  80.7% $11,987  Shiloh International Ministries 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Lawrence Enterprises $61,659  $49,503  80.3% $12,156  Firefighters Burn Fund 2011 0 $0
Douglas L Schipper $56,267  $45,013  80.0% $11,254  Defeat Diabetes Foundation 2010, 2011 0 $0
Marketing Squad $52,073  $44,283  85.0% $7,790  Reserve Police Officers Association 2009 1 $0
DC Productions $50,036  $46,422  92.8% $3,614  Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2009, 2010, 2011 0 $0
Source One Funding $49,197  $44,278  90.0% $4,919  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2009 0 $0
PR Marketing $44,474  $36,914  83.0% $7,560  Vietnow National Headquarters 2008, 2009 0 $0
Atlantic Southern Productions $42,400  $36,040  85.0% $6,360  Firefighters Burn Fund 2011 0 $0
Metairie Fundraiser $41,319  $0  53.8% $41,319  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2009, 2010 0 $0
USA Marketing $39,885  $24,747  62.0% $15,138  National Police Defense Foundation 2010 0 $0
Bonded Couriers $39,144  $27,400  70.0% $11,744  National Veterans Service Fund 2009, 2010 0 $0
Infiniti Marketing $37,828  $29,155  77.1% $8,673  Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center 2008 0 $0
Safety Division $34,723  $29,151  84.0% $5,572  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Firefighters Burn Fund 2009, 2010 0 $0
PJG Sales $33,992  $29,211  85.9% $4,781  Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 2009, 2010 0 $0
Northeast Concerts $28,681  $20,024  69.8% $8,657  National Veterans Service Fund 2008 0 $0
Outreach International $26,636  $20,532  77.1% $6,104  Defeat Diabetes Foundation 2009 0 $0
Bay State Inc $25,034  $20,528  82.0% $4,506  Firefighters Burn Fund 2009 0 $0
Meyer & Associates $23,277  $20,914  89.8% $2,363  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2010 0 $0
Community Cares $22,506  $19,805  88.0% $2,701  Association for Firefighters and Paramedics 2011 0 $0
Nal Davis $22,435  $18,208  81.2% $4,227  Shiloh International Ministries 2010, 2011 0 $0
SRO Events $13,880  $11,104  80.0% $2,776  Defeat Diabetes Foundation 2011 0 $0
Kelvin & Associates $9,755  $5,206  53.4% $4,549  Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. 2009 0 $0
BNG Support LLC $8,756  $7,443  85.0% $1,313  Shiloh International Ministries 2009 0 $0
Confluent Impact Communication $7,169  $6,047  84.3% $1,122  Committee For Missing Children 2010 0 $0
TCB Enterprises $1,725  $1,466  85.0% $259  Police Protective Fund 2008 0 $0
Metairie Gifts Received $1,592  $0  53.8% $1,492  Wishing Well Foundation USA 2009, 2010 0 $0
Dragon Group $0  $16,479  82.4% $-16,479  Hope Cancer Fund 2010 0 $0

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.