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America's Worst Charities

They never let up

One telemarketing company's aggressive tactics show how wasteful charities make millions from easy targets.

She's a fundraising machine

When Amanda Thomas calls for charity, she never stutters. She never deviates from the script. Here's why.

Dirty secrets of the worst charities

The 50 worst have raised more than $1 billion in the past 10 years, but only a fraction went to anyone other than the charities’ operators and professional solicitors.





A failure of regulation

Unscrupulous operators collect hundreds of millions of dollars each year while fooling donors. When they get caught, they have little to fear even if regulators try to shut them down.





June 13: The Reynolds family empire

Operating in multiple states, one family has created a lucrative network of bad charities. In a recent year, family members took nearly $1 million in salaries while giving away a pittance in cash.



Our list of the 50 worst charities

Use our interactive database to see who really benefits from the 50 worst charities in America.



Charities in trouble

Explore our one-of-a-kind national database of charities and fundraisers that have been cited by state regulators.



Report a charity

Have you received a solicitation from a questionable charity? Fill out our online form and we’ll investigate.



  1. Florida's top charity regulator considers reforms

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Florida's top charity regulator said Friday he will push for sweeping reforms to crack down on charities that spend most of their money on professional solicitors instead of people in need.

    Adam Putnam