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Wed, Jun 19, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Exposing America's Worst Charities


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Children's Cancer Fund of America, near Knoxville, Tenn., is No. 10 on the Tampa Bay Times/CIR list of America's worst charities.
Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times
Children's Cancer Fund of America, near Knoxville, Tenn., is No. 10 on the Tampa Bay Times/CIR list of America's worst charities.

Each year, charities such as Florida-based Kids Wish Network raise millions of dollars. But according to a joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN, Kids Wish Network gave less than three cents on the dollar to the cause. The investigation identifies the nation's 50 worst charities, all of which devoted less than 4 percent of donations to direct cash aid. We discuss the investigation, what should be done to crack down on bad charities, and how to make good decisions about where to send your charitable dollars.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Alexander Berger, senior research analyst at Givewell, a San Francisco-based charity evaluator
  • Doug White, author of "The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of Our Nation's Charities" who teaches board governance, fundraising and ethics at Columbia University and advises non profit organizations and philanthropists
  • Kendall Taggart, data reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Kris Hundley, Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter

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