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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The class action firm of Halunen Law is investigating the Firefighters Charitable Foundation

for allegedly misappropriating donation dollars. If you have donated funds to this charity,

please contact us at http://www.halunenlaw.com/contact-us/ or call (612) 605-4098.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Firefighters Charitable Foundation (so they call themselves) sent me a bill saying that I had pledged $25 and that it was now due. I had not pledged anything. They are now sending me the same bill every week. To top that off, the bills always insist that I add an additional $2 to my so-called "pledge." I am very glad that I researched them on-line at Great Nonprofits and Charity Navigator and learned that they spend almost all their money on fundraising and administration. It is sad that probably many people fall for their scams. It is also sad that they are giving a bad name to firefighters -- I used to be one, and 99% of them are really good, honest people. I also used to be the executive director of a fire-related charitable nonprofit, and we spent about 95% of our income (grants and donations) directly helping people. This outfit should be indicted by federal law enforcement.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 1

to the zakk74... I hope your house burns down. People want to donate money to the charity, not for-profit solicitors. 10-12% of the gross is far below a reasonable amount. You shouldn't have a job! Your salary is paid by the charitable giving of others. People think they give money to this charity, but really it's going to solicitors that rip of donors and charities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I work for the company that does SOME of their fundraising, they get between 10-12% of total GROSS raised. Its not 1%, and honestly that turns out to be a lot of money in the grand scheme of things. also providing work for us in economically distressed areas is a great thing,

11

Donor

Rating: 1

After reviewing the financials of this charity on CN, I will not continue to donate. This is so disappointing to find out that I have clearly been supporting the principals of the charity - not the people described in their mission. Thanks CN for bringing this to my attention!

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5

Donor

Rating: 1

This company in Ga is a scam. They only donate 1% of their profits. The Attorney Generals of all states should and will be notified. They pray on elderly people who think they are donating to their local firefighters. Someone needs to stop their scams!!!

Review from Guidestar

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They keep calling me, but don't listen when I tell them to stop.

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4

Donor

Rating: 1

These people have an address on Shallowford Rd. in Atlanta, GA. They do telephone solicitation and you can see they are paid very handsomely for the little they do.

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6 Kathi M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Be aware that the paperwork they send out lists Topeka, KS as their address and FCF as their acronym which can be confusing based on the information from Charity Navigator. I had to do more research on the internet to determine that it was the same organization. Read the fine print on the back of the donor form and it will mention the NY address.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How Much Good Does A $20 Donation Do?

$20 * 41% * 10% = $0.82

41% of the contributions raised by Associated Community Services, a Commercial Fundraiser, were returned to or retained by the charity client(s).
http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search_detail_cfr.aspx?cfr_id=364

10% of the Charity , FireFighters Charitable Foundation, Inc., total expenses were devoted to program services.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search_detail.aspx?charity_id=8020

This charity also uses the fallowing Commercial Fundraisers:
20% Community Services of Washington, Inc.
11% Courtesy Call, Inc.
41% Associated Community Services
16% Non-Profit Services, Inc.
20% Midwest Publishing-DN, Inc.
% Newport Creative Communications, Inc.

According to the financial information, % of the contributions raised by these organization(s) were returned to or retained by the charity client(s).

Information Gathered from The Secretary of State of Washington State's website:

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