Bubba The Love Sponge Foundation Inc

Rating: 3.5 stars   12 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

5025 W Lemon St Ste 200 % James J Martin III Tampa FL 33609 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Amazing charity with over 80% of all monies going straight to those in need. They help families of first responders. Also have helped with special needs. (please ignore the trolls leaving hate!) check for yourself!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Do not be mislead by the other negative comments for this foundation. They are ignorant people trying to hurt families which have benefited from this foundation directly. The foundation has a noble cause that impacts families directly in the time of need. Their arguments stem from unrelated issues and personal vendettas. I have donated in the past and continue to do so with the confidence that they do the right thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Such a great charity. A good friend of mine was shot in the line of duty in charlotte county fl and this foundation held a fundraiser and donated the proceeds to his family. GREAT CHARITY. Unfortunately I can't donate as much as I like to but what I can donate I want to make sure it goes to good use in a local setting if possible (so you can see your money going to good use). This is where I donate what I can. Thank you btls

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Truly do try to help toward a good cause instead of trying to make a profit.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I donated but now wondering the validity of the BTLS foundation. Bubba says more than 10% overhead means it's a shady charity & past returns show way more than 10% plus info missing from past returns.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Beware.
Take a good look at the people and businesses that are at the same address as this foundation and you would be a fool to send them your hard earned money.
People like John Stanton who is currently in federal prison, and others who probably should be.
Who are the biggest donors?
How about Stephen Diaco, who is under investigation by the FBI and in the process of being punished or disbarred by the Florida Bar.
Where is the form 990 for 2013?
Where is a breakdown of expenditures and grants?

There are plenty of legit organizations that help LE you can donate to that are 'open and transparent' like this one falsely claims to be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

close it down

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have donated in the past, but this is starting to look questionable.
Bubba has always told his listeners to look up charitys on guidestar and look at their expenses vs. the amount that goes toward the cause and if it was more than 10% expenses it was a scam.
It appears that in 2012 that his expenses were almost 50% of the amount that was given away.
The 2012 report also says that there was almost 70 thousand left in reserves at the end of the year but early into 2013 he was calling for fundraisers so he could give some money away.
This sounds very fishy to me.
What happened in 2013 with this foundation with 'transparent and open' financials?
We may never know, it appears that he is no longer filing the tax forms.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

File tax forms promptly and make all disbursements and breakdown of expenses public info.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I'm very picky about what non-profit orgs. I send my hard earned money to. I've heard Bubba talk about his foundation alot and all of the great stuff that he and his foundation do for the families of fallen police and other public service men and women. They fall into my criteria of at least 75% of all moneys donated is given back to the ones in need that his foundation was started to help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I know my money is going to a great cause and into some fatcats pocket!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

 
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