Finding out how much popular fundraisers spend on those who need it can be difficult
BY DEBRA O'CONNOR
Last year, Minnesotans ran, walked, bowled, swam, fished and skied for charity. They played golf, billiards and hockey, drove cars, rode motorcycles and danced to rock music.
In hundreds of sporting events, they donated tens of millions of dollars of their own money and pledges they raised from family, friends and co-workers. How much of the money actually went to charitable programs, and how much got burned up by fundraising and administrative costs? Which events funnel the largest percentage of pledges into their causes?"