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Old 08-22-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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This is very interesting. I didn't realize this about Goodwill. I do know that if you go into a Goodwill now, the prices are shocking. It's more like a retail store then a thrift shop! Anyway, I thought this was worth passing on.

Think about these before you donate.

As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep these facts in mind:

The American Red Cross

President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses

MARCH OF DIMES

It is called the March of Dimes because only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way

President Brian Gallagher receives a$375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEFCEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

GOODWILL CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3million a year.

Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.

You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT.

He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy.

$0.00 goes to help anyone!!! Stop giving to this man.

Instead give it to SALVATION ARMY.

GO "GREEN" AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD:

The Salvation Army

CommissionerTodd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year(plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion

National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars

National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Disabled American Veterans

National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Military Order of Purple Hearts

National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

TheVietnam Veterans Association

National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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That is eye opening. I just gave a bunch of clothes to purple heart but have given to goodwill in the past. Not anymore.
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That is eye opening. I just gave a bunch of clothes to purple heart but have given to goodwill in the past. Not anymore.
Crazy right? Its amazing what you just "assume" when you think you're doing a good thing.
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Thanks for the info NC.

Charity Navigator is a good site for checking out charities before giving. This is from Smart Money:

"The Web site Charity Navigator can be a huge help here. The site (which is itself a tax-exempt charity) rates more than 3,000 of the largest charities by measuring the percentage of revenue spent on executing programs and services (the higher the better). Charities are also evaluated based on their financial strength. Each organization is then given a numerical score and a star rating (four stars is tops). The site may also give you the scores and star ratings for charities in the same peer group as the one you're looking at.

One downside of Charity Navigator: You can't use it to find information about smaller local charities. But it's a good place to start for bigger outfits."


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You need to be a little careful with some of these "Veteran" charities also. While the various Chairpersons may not take a salary, alot of the times a company will ask these organizations to use their names. I know for awhile, some of these organizations only received .20 on the dollar from the stores.

I've been handling the family's charity trust for a few years now and do a lot of research before writing checks. When I had my landline, I was overwhelmed with calls from various organizations. An easy way to get them to stop calling other than the national registery, is to ask them to send you a copy of their annual report so you can see for yourself where the money goes. I'd be safe to say that of all the calls I received over the course of time, I've never gotten the requested information. LOL Wonder why......

The wife and I really don't have a lot of physical goods to donate anymore so the thrift store charities don't come too much into play for us. Clothing and such we just take up to the hospital for the indigent patients and a few times a year we'll stock up the socks, underwear, sweatpants and shirts, and cheap reading glasses that it seems they always have a need for.
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when someone telemarkets you on behalf of your local police, ask them how many pennies of your dollar go to the local police and what does it do for the police.

They don't like it that I call them scumbag telemarketers, but that's what they are. "But sir it's for a charity" "Are you giving 100% of my dollar to that organization?"

Too many of these collection agencies are scams. Go out and give your dollars to the fire or police dept if you want to help them.

Thank you NC for that reminder and thank you Dan for that info on Charity Navigator.



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Go out and give your dollars to the police dept if you want to help.
I did. They gave me a $100 ticket for window tinting.....I told the officer. "I'm happy to help fund your pensions"......That was after I asked if he could write the ticket in a way that I could claim it as a donation.
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That went over real well didn't it?

Back in my younger days I was testifying as a witness for a friend of mine who had gotten a ticket for parking in a handicapped zone - he didn't. I guess I said something out of line and the judge said that the next time I did something like that he would fine me $50 for contempt. I asked him that if he doubled it if I could say what I was really wanting to say. He just looked at me. No sense of humor. I didn't get fined the $50 either.

Few years later I'm in front of the same judge for not having a dealer tag on my motorcycle. He fined me $50 and court costs. I took out my checkbook and without saying anything, leaned over the ledge on the front of his bench, wrote the check out to him personally, and laid it on top the bench. Turned around and walked out of the courtroom before he could collect his thoughts and say something.

Three months later he's buying a full-dress motorcycle from me and we became real good friends.
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