Charitable Contributions

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    Jul 06, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    The LA Times offers a table listing 250 charitable organizations in California (some are national as well) and the associated percentage of the solicited donations that are collected and actually received by the charity. The percentages vary wildly. Hence this table might be of use to anyone considering making a contribution to any of these organizations.


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    With regard specifically to gay and lesbian related contributions:

    At the high end of the spectrum is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, at 71%. At the low end of the spectrum is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network at 0%.

    With regard to AIDS contributions:

    At the high end of the spectrum are: AIDS Research Alliance of America (93%), the National AIDS Foundation-Josue Homes (93%), Aid for AIDS (84%), and Broadway Care Equity Fights AIDS (82%). At the bottom of the spectrum are: American Foundation for Child for AIDS (10%), the AIDS Research Foundation (12%), and Adolescent AIDS foundation (16%).

    FWIW, there are a surprising number of charities for which the return to the charity is negative (i.e. apparently the fund raising costs exceed the donations). In one case, the collection cost was almost 3 times the money collected.
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    Jul 06, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
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  • badtouch

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    Jul 06, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    this table is incomplete.

    The Los Angeles TimesThey do not cover fundraising by charities' in-house solicitors.

    i used to volunteer for the AIDS Research Aliiance (aforementioned -- which, incidentally, is indicated as "high end" at a whopping net return of $28. haha); they conduct several private events for fundraising. it's a small operation but they do good things.

    i think that prior to making any contributions, it is better to talk to actual people, not statistic.