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The summary data contains information processed by the IRS during the 2012-2015 calendar years; this generally consists of filings for the 2011-2014 fiscal years, but may include older records. This data release includes only a subset of what can be found in the full Form 990s. In addition to the raw summary data, we link to PDFs of full Form 990 documents wherever possible. This consists of a separate release by the IRS of Form 990 documents processed by the agency through June 2016; these documents may contain filings as recent as the 2015 fiscal year.

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Charities (B-C) Charities (D-F) Charities (G-J) Charities (K-M) Charities (N-Q) Charities (R-V) Charities (W-Z) Before You Donate. Vets Charity On Watch List (2016 VIDEO) By Samantha CrookJanuary 31, 2016 A prominent veterans organization was added to a charity watch list in light of investigative reports.

Vets Charity On Watch List (2016 VIDEO)

The Wounded Warrior Project is well-known for its post-traumatic stress disorder recovery services. It also offers inclusive fitness programs, employment assistance and peer mentorship to veterans. Wounded Warrior Project Execs Fired. Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 8:11 PM EST The two top executives of Wounded Warrior Project were fired Thursday by the board of directors.

Wounded Warrior Project Execs Fired

Americans donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the charity, expecting their money will help some of the 52,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. But CBS News found Wounded Warrior Project spends 40 to 50 percent on overhead, including extravagant parties. Other veterans charities have overhead costs of 10 to 15 percent. 4 Ways Help Abroad Reinforces Oppression. Charities can be incredibly problematic.

4 Ways Help Abroad Reinforces Oppression

Nonetheless, humanitarianism is a billion dollar industry! Therefore, we must become aware of the problems facing most charities and support those organizations that best collaborate with and empower low-income communities. I used to uncritically donate to a number of charities myself. I’d save up my loose change, and when the jar filled, I’d send a donation to this or that cause. Sometimes I’d “adopt” an endangered animal. I was always so excited when the certificate of appreciation came in the mail. Then I took the next step: I traveled abroad – to Kenya – to volunteer. And it was there, surrounded by other white American college student volunteers on summer vacation, that I started to perceive such charitable organizations differently. It was this experience in Kenya that partially inspired my collaborative anthropological research in another part of the continent: Mali and Burkina Faso. 1. This is bad news. 2. 3. The truth about the Red Cross.

Former AT&T exec gutted Red Cross. When Gail McGovern was picked to head the American Red Cross in 2008, the organization was reeling.

Former AT&T exec gutted Red Cross

Her predecessor had been fired after impregnating a subordinate. The charity was running an annual deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars. A former AT&T executive who had taught marketing at Harvard Business School, McGovern pledged to make the tough choices that would revitalize the Red Cross, which was chartered by Congress to provide aid after disasters. In a speech five years ago, she imagined a bright future, a “revolution” in which there would be “a Red Cross location in every single community.’’ It hasn’t worked out that way. Red Cross raised 1/2 billion $ for Haiti ­but only built 6 homes.

The neighborhood of Campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.

Red Cross raised 1/2 billion $ for Haiti ­but only built 6 homes

Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross. In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.

Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. McDonalds & Cheap Publicity. Sham Cancer Charities. Four cancer "charities" and their operators have been charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.

Sham Cancer Charities

The Federal Trade Commission, along with each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, says the charities claimed to be providing assistance to cancer patients, but the donations were in reality benefiting only "the perpetrators, their families and friends, and fundraisers. " Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli's report on the suit: "Officials say they told donors that the money went to services like hospice care and transporting chemotherapy patients. In reality, they say, 85 percent went to professional fundraisers and much of the rest went to pay for trips, concert tickets and jet ski outings. Telemarketers pocket 2/3 of charity donations. For-Profit Solicitors Take Biggest Chunk $ National Veterans Service Fund notes on its website that "war does not end on the battlefield.

For-Profit Solicitors Take Biggest Chunk $

" Instead, the site goes on to say, American veterans and their families have been left without the help they need to overcome critical health and psychological problems at home. National Veterans Service Fund says it offers guidance to veterans to help them qualify for aid they otherwise would go without. It also touts the "limited medical assistance" the charity hands out to needy veterans.