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Do You Know Where Your Charity Dollars Go?
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phylisfeinerjohnson posted:
These days, because of Federal budget cuts, virtually EVERY non-profit is desperately in need of funds.


I virtually get phone calls every day. The American Lung Association is calling me as I write this article. (I guess I'm on too many lists!)


But the real question you have to ask is: Not how much money you're giving, but WHERE it's actually going. How do you know how your charitable dollars are being spent?


(Fortunately The Epilepsy Foundation is a 3-star charity, according to the trusted Charity Navigator. It's also ranked as a top-rated charity by the Charity Watch Organization, part of the American Institute of Philanthropy.)


But the controversy over the best-selling Three Cups of Tea, written to raise money for the Central Asia Institute (CAI) is a real eye-opener. And they're in very hot water over the accountability of their financial practices.


Recently, CBS' 60 Minutes aired an expose about this charity and also questioned how they spent its funds. In fact it wasn't just building schools and hiring teachers in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.


The book was quoted as being as being "a beautiful story and it's a lie."


To read the controversy surrounding Three Cups of Tea — which is just one charity — go to:


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/18/135508982/three-cups-of-tea-author-in-hot-water-over-alleged-fabrications and http://www.npr.org/2011/05/06/136029810/can-you-know-where-charity-dollars-go-not-easily?ft=1&f=1001


I think you'll be surprised. And disappointed.


Phylis Feiner Johnson
www.epilepsytalk.com
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Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Thanks for the information Phylis!

Here's an article you might find helpful:

Types of Health Charities

Includes research, disease-specific, crisis outreach and others!

Haylen


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