A Times Investigation with CIR and CNN
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One telemarketing company's aggressive tactics show how wasteful charities make millions from easy targets.
When Amanda Thomas calls for charity, she never stutters. She never deviates from the script. Here's why.
05/19/15 | Civil | By Susan Taylor Martin, Times Senior Correspondent
In its pitch to donors, Cancer Fund of America touted "direct patient aid'' as one of the many ways it helped tens of thousands of Americans struggling with deadly disease.
12/17/14 | Corporate | By Chris Davis and Michael LaForgia, Times Staff Writers
The IRS doesn't have the manpower to go after charities that flout the law, and it could do more to help state regulators target crooked operators, according to a federal watchdog report made public today.
06/30/14 | Civil | By Kendall Taggart, Center for Investigative Reporting
A fundraiser for some of America's worst charities has agreed to a $25 million settlement with New York regulators to resolve allegations that the company misled potential donors and failed to disclose conflicts of interest.
05/25/14 | Business | By Kris Hundley, Times Staff Writer
Telemarketers with criminal backgrounds will no longer be able to call Floridians for charitable donations.
04/29/14 | Gubernatorial | By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE — The Senate and House struck agreement Tuesday on legislation to crack down on fraud by Florida charities after agreeing to drop a proposed $50 application fee for criminal background checks on solicitors.
04/23/14 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart
New York regulators fined a telemarketing consultant for some of America's worst charities $50,000 on Wednesday after officials determined he had violated a lifetime ban on raising money there.
04/03/14 | State Roundup | By Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE — A sweeping charities reform package is breezing through the Legislature despite earlier concerns that legitimate philanthropies might be harmed by new rules.
03/14/14 | Business | By Kris Hundley, Staff writer
One of the nation's largest charity telemarketing firms filed for bankruptcy Thursday.
01/24/14 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR
GUATEMALA CITY — In 2010, one of Central America's poorest countries received huge shipments of humanitarian aid from an unlikely source.
1/23/14 | Business | Times Staff
United Way Suncoast chief executive and president Diana Baker plans to retire at the end of 2014 after 14 years as CEO and 35 years at the regional organization. A champion of regionalism, Baker streamlined the organization in 2012, merging the United Ways of Tampa Bay and Sarasota to create United Way Suncoast. Ten …
11/14/2013 | Civil | By Kendall Taggart and Kris Hundley, Times/CIR
Judith Johnson of Stacyville, Iowa, doesn't get out much anymore. Legally blind and living on a small Social Security pension, the 72-year-old used to go to church once a week. She stopped out of …
09/20/13 | Editorials |
This week's arrest of four Florida men accused of hiring felons to solicit donations for a dubious charity in the name of fallen police officers is a step in the right direction toward protecting donors and reputable charities. But the minimal penalty the suspects will face if convicted is a reminder of just how much …
09/17/13 | News | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR
Police Protective Fund raises millions of dollars each year in the name of fallen officers.
09/13/13 | Editorials |
Florida is home to 11 of the worst 50 charities in the country, which too often take people's money, then enrich their executives and fundraisers but spend little on the charity's ostensible cause. It is a multimillion dollar legal fleecing that Adam Putnam, Florida's commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, …
09/12/13 | News | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR Special Report
Errol Copilevitz started his legal career representing strip clubs and porn shops on the seedy side of Kansas City.
09/06/13 | News | By Kris Hundley, Times Staff Writer
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.
08/21/13 | News | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR Special Report
Former employees of Kids Wish Network say the Holiday-based charity exploits sick and dying children to raise cash, then misleads donors about where their money goes.
08/21/13 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR Special Report
EDITOR’S NOTE: "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. â€¦
07/21/13 | Business | By Kris Hundley, Times Staff Writer
Editor's note: As part of a yearlong investigation into charities across the nation, the Tampa Bay Times and its reporting partner, the Center for Investigative Reporting, asked readers in June to suggest nonprofits for closer review. Readers responded with nearly 300 suggestions. In the coming months, the …
07/04/13 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart
America's worst charities have come under renewed scrutiny following a series by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting that ranked organizations based on how much they spent on professional solicitation companies over the past decade.
06/13/13 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR Special Report
Carol Smith still gets angry when she remembers the box that arrived by mail for her dying husband.
06/07/13 | Business | BY Kendall Taggart and Kris Hundley, Times/CIR special report
Four years ago, charity regulators in 38 states banded together to take down one of the most deceptive charity solicitors in America.
06/06/13 | Business | By Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart, Times/CIR special report
The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday.
06/06/13 | Business | Times/CIR special report
FIND OUT EXACTLY WHO'S CALLING
Ask if the caller is a paid telemarketer. Get the exact name and location of the charity he or she represents. Beware of charities that mimic the names of well-established groups and of claims that you've given before to a charity you've never heard of.
06/06/13 | Business | By Kendall Taggart and Kris Hundley, Times/CIR special report
The United States is home to roughly 1.6 million tax-exempt organizations.
08/28/12 | Politics | By Patti Ewald, Times Staff Writer
If you build it, they will help.
That's what design guru Ty Pennington and his support crew found out Tuesday as delegates to the Republican National Convention climbed off buses, donned hard hats and picked up hammers, paint brushes, pipe wrenches and other tools to build half a house. …