Thursday, December 20, 2007

Charitable mis-giving -

Charitable mis-giving - "Editorial: Charitable mis-giving
Veterans charities that use donations to pay six-figure salaries don't deserve the public's generosity.

Americans have a soft spot for charitable causes. They give to hurricane relief funds and victims of wildfires or to whatever cause du jour tugs hardest at their hearts.

Like the war wounded.

Americans have given nearly $500 million to military charities they thought help wounded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But surprisingly little of that money actually reaches veterans, the American Institute of Philanthropy says. Money instead is spent on slick ad campaigns, trinkets and outrageously inflated salaries for charity leaders."

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