Top 10 Worst Charities In America

Where's your money going?

A study by The Tampa Bay Times and The Center For Investigative Reporting of 10 years worth of tax data reveals the worst charities in the U. S.. The study lists non-profits that fail at the one job that charities are tasked with: raising and providing financial relief to groups in need.


The tax filings of over 11,000 charities were analyzed to determine the difference between the amount of money raised by an organization and the amount of money that actually wound up in the hands of recipients as cash aid.

The worst charities all saw miniscule amounts of aid actually precipitate from the amount generated by solicitors: some as low as fractions of one percent.

Addicting Info provided a keen analysis of where things go wrong with charities, stating that,

The study underscores the issue of the corporatization of charity – charities serving primarily as businesses, with their philanthropic aims subordinated to job creation.  In short while givers believe they are donating to keep impoverished children off the streets, they're actually paying to keep that charity collector ON the street.

Here is the complete list.

It should go without saying that the standard of success for a charity must be how well it delivers on its promises to its donors and its recipients. As an example, we're happy to report that the Wounded Warrior Project, whom we've linked in several articles, spends 58% of its donations on veteran's projects. 

It's vital to note that we support the intent of these - and all - charities on the list. Our coverage of this analysis is in no way a criticism of their motives, but rather their efficacy and efficiency. 

So, how can you find a charity that will get money to the causes that are important to you?

There are a few ways to locate charities that deliver.

GuideStar provides IRS information in an easy-to-use format that can help you make a conscientious decision in your charitable giving. 

Charity Navigator allows you to browse charities by category and provides ratings that can be useful.

For a more detailed look at how to scrutinize a charity, you might also want to consult this article by the New York Times.

We recommend you do your due diligence, especially around this time of year when the impulse to reach out and do good draws us all nearer to acts of kindness and each other.

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