Monday, September 20, 2010

Do you know where most of your donation goes?

Do you know where most of your donation goes?: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals in Arlington, Va., isn't convinced that percentage-based fundraising is ethical.

'The firm sort of has the charity at its mercy,' said Michael Nilsen, a spokesman for the association.

The call lists used to solicit donations often stay with the fundraising firm, and that keeps charities from developing relationships with donors, Nilsen said.

'It's the exact same type of charities that this seems to happen to a lot,' he said. 'The names kind of pull at your heart strings, in terms of badges or veterans. The people don't stop to question how the money is being used.'"

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