America's worst charities

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

The solicitorsNewport Creative Communications


Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin 20 Consent/settlement, Fine/penalties $400,007

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 $579,902 $475,540 $104,362 18.00% fundraising counseling
2008 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $507,179 $423,615 $83,564 16.50% fundraising
2008 National Caregiving Foundation $1,140,949 $912,580 $228,369 20.00% direct mail
2008 Kids Wish Network $1,914,321 $1,683,406 $230,915 12.10% recruitment, fundraising
2008 Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. $471,417 $362,455 $108,962 23.10% fundraising
2008 Committee For Missing Children $586,224 $537,874 $48,350 8.20% direct mail
2009 American Foundation For Disabled Children $524,892 $499,855 $25,037 4.77% f/r counsel
2009 Committee For Missing Children $469,922 $452,303 $17,619 3.75% direct mail solicitation
2009 Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. $506,146 $416,992 $89,154 17.61% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Survivors and Victims Empowered $623,766 $536,912 $86,854 13.92% direct mail
2009 Kids Wish Network $1,732,356 $1,626,707 $105,649 6.10% fr counsel
2009 National Caregiving Foundation $1,142,719 $1,066,774 $75,945 6.65% direct mail
2009 Defeat Diabetes Foundation $317,771 $304,677 $13,094 4.10% mail
2010 Defeat Diabetes Foundation $290,207 $269,985 $20,222 6.97% mail
2010 Firefighters Charitable Foundation $422,274 $282,240 $140,034 33.16% fundraising
2010 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $362,526 $317,602 $44,924 12.39% fundraising
2010 Woman To Woman Breast Cancer Foundation $443,384 $427,580 $15,804 3.60% prof f/r
2010 American Breast Cancer Foundation $1,509,700 $921,834 $587,866 38.90% direct mail
2010 American Foundation For Disabled Children $519,605 $466,799 $52,806 10.20% fundraising counseling
2010 Survivors and Victims Empowered $639,056 $495,180 $143,876 22.50% direct mail
2010 National Caregiving Foundation $1,308,281 $1,152,008 $156,273 11.90% direct mail
2010 Kids Wish Network $1,424,144 $1,064,968 $359,176 25.20% advocacy, fundraising and recruitment
2010 Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. $594,420 $467,413 $127,007 21.40% fundraising
2010 Committee For Missing Children $400,889 $369,965 $30,924 7.70% direct mail
2011 United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association $100,630 $90,482 $10,148 10.10% fundraising
2011 Kids Wish Network $1,452,369 $1,313,325 $139,044 9.60% advocacy, fundraising and recruitment
2011 Firefighters Charitable Foundation $530,667 $331,913 $198,754 37.50% fundraising
2011 Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. $251,054 $0 $251,054 100.00% fundraising for disabled police officers
2011 Defeat Diabetes Foundation $333,851 $294,308 $39,543 11.80% mail
TOTALS $21,100,621 $17,565,292 $3,535,329 16%

Last updated 07/17/2014 © 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.