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January 31, 2013

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February 6, 2012

I used to support this organization but have noticed that CLF no longer publishes a newsletter or annual report and hasn't updated its needs assessment since 2004. And while IRS 990's for CLF show los... more

January 31, 2013

Had a prior interest in this charity so I check in with it now and then via Guide Star to see how its doing. I note that it now has a "Guide Star Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency" yet its most recent 990 is dated 19 months ago (6/30/2011). Furthermore, it does not publish an annual report or have an audit on Guide Star and the needs assessment it has on its website to keep abreast with the needs of families it serves has not been updated since 2004. How is that transparency? Rather, it seems high on fundraising but low on disclosure as to how funds are used.

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Unlikely

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?

2008

February 6, 2012

I used to support this organization but have noticed that CLF no longer publishes a newsletter or annual report and hasn't updated its needs assessment since 2004. And while IRS 990's for CLF show losses in 2008 and 2009 - no surprise given the poor economy - the CEO's salary increased both years as well as in 2010 when CLF barely broke even. During that period, research contributions ceased and patient aid all but disappeared. However, fundraising activity is up and its website is pretty slick. In my estimation, this once reputable charity is now all smoke and mirrors.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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