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    Charitable Donations and what you need to ask BEFORE you give

    As September drew to a close, the team at the WS FU completed its initial report and distributed copies to the agencies and individuals responsible for following up on the team’s findings. Across many forums and media forms, much has been said about this report and the people behind it. Our motives have been questioned, our members criticized and our efforts mocked.

    We feel that it is time to set the record straight and move forward.

    To begin, the team’s report is a comprehensive and factual document, and is nearly 90 pages long. Every area of concern we addressed was presented with verifiable documentation attached. We provided detailed information and research verification to those in the law enforcement and professional regulation arenas that will be responsible for taking the next step. We have faith and trust in the investigative process, and in those entrusted with the responsibility of finding and sharing the truth. We applaud you, and we thank you.

    The word TRUST is very important; because trust is what many believe has been betrayed in this case. The trust of a generous public that wanted to help, the trust of a beautiful child in those that should have protected her and, of course, the trust account that was the group’s initial focus.

    The reality is that there is a much larger picture that needs to be explored. It’s time to focus on changes that must be made in how “charities” operate and solicit funds. We need to hold them accountable for their actions and inactions, and demand transparency and fiduciary responsibility from those who seek our support.

    A generous and giving public needs to be reassured that their contributions are used for their intended purpose. This case serves as a wake-up call to all of us that comprehensive charitable entity oversight is needed.
    Whether that is best accomplished on a state-by-state or national basis remains to be seen. The reality is that we cannot afford for legitimate, worthy organizations to suffer because the public feels duped by a less than honorable entity. We owe that much to those who give so freely of their time and talent to help those in need.

    We owe it to Caylee, so that her beautiful voice will always be heard.

    Help us change the future. You can make a difference. Check your state’s laws about charitable contributions; investigate where your hard-earned money is going when you donate. Work to change what’s wrong and support those who do it right.

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    This is so well written, THANKS!!!!!!!!!
    We should be diligent and good stewards with our money, while reaching out to help those in need.


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    Thanks for this reminder and for further reading: http://www.charitynavigator.org/?gcl...FQKHxwodujf3Dw

    This site (and others like it) will show you the best and worst of the legal "charitable" organizations. Sometimes a heart wrenching television campaign can make us go straight to our wallets, but we should see how much of our dollars are actually going to help the intended beneficiaries - AND how much is going to pay very wealthy administrators. I'm not saying that a good administrator isn't a valuable asset to any organization, but there has to be a balance - the money has to reach the target.

    JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Can't Sleep View Post
    Thanks for this reminder and for further reading: http://www.charitynavigator.org/?gcl...FQKHxwodujf3Dw

    This site (and others like it) will show you the best and worst of the legal "charitable" organizations. Sometimes a heart wrenching television campaign can make us go straight to our wallets, but we should see how much of our dollars are actually going to help the intended beneficiaries - AND how much is going to pay very wealthy administrators. I'm not saying that a good administrator isn't a valuable asset to any organization, but there has to be a balance - the money has to reach the target.

    JMO
    Thank you so much for sharing this resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Can't Sleep View Post
    Thanks for this reminder and for further reading: http://www.charitynavigator.org/?gcl...FQKHxwodujf3Dw

    This site (and others like it) will show you the best and worst of the legal "charitable" organizations. Sometimes a heart wrenching television campaign can make us go straight to our wallets, but we should see how much of our dollars are actually going to help the intended beneficiaries - AND how much is going to pay very wealthy administrators. I'm not saying that a good administrator isn't a valuable asset to any organization, but there has to be a balance - the money has to reach the target.

    JMO

    GREAT Site! TY

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    THE FRIENDLY IRS and YOU

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    What an outstanding "opener" to Phase 2. Proud to be standing with you even among the "rough room" crowd at times

    Truthfully, the first place I recommend people start when doing their homework on a charity, is here:

    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article...=96136,00.html

    It is Publication 78:
    A list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.

    I would start there if a charity is promoting a 501c3 status. Additionally, there is an area where you can check what 501c3 organizations have had their status revoked. Regardless of State, this site will tell you next steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blink34 View Post
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    What an outstanding "opener" to Phase 2. Proud to be standing with you even among the "rough room" crowd at times

    Truthfully, the first place I recommend people start when doing their homework on a charity, is here:

    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article...=96136,00.html

    It is Publication 78:
    A list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.

    I would start there if a charity is promoting a 501c3 status. Additionally, there is an area where you can check what 501c3 organizations have had their status revoked. Regardless of State, this site will tell you next steps.
    Thanks Blink. I agree this is the best place to start.

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    State officials are looking into the allegations of fraud. Attorney Mark NeJame is expected to hold a news conference on Monday to release documents that show there was no mismanagement of the fund.

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    TYVM for the clear update, the guidance and the links.



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