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February 24, 2013

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February 24, 2013

Kids Support Network works year round to raise funds to give assistance and support to local disadvantaged families with children mostly by contacting the general public by phone but not limited to such. Behind the scenes they support local organizations with charitable donations as well as raise funds for the Back to School Back-Pack campaign and Christmas for the Kids.

It is unfortunate that not all will understand the dynamics or the fundamentals required to keep such a program functioning. While diligently striving to support those less fortunate over the years there will be some level of malice due to a misinformed populace.

Please note, this organization has many facets and avenues it travels to spread support throughout the community including local churches, DSS, schools & shelters and yes while collecting the communities donations the do willingly offer to pick up non-monetary contributions for disbursement at no cost to you.

FAI is simply a collection fund for disbursement of funds. To quote Wikipedia: A benefit society or mutual aid society is an organization, or voluntary association formed to provide mutual aid, benefit, or insurance for relief from sundry difficulties.

New technologies have provided yet more new opportunities for humanity to support itself through mutual aid. Recent authors have described the networked affiliations that produce collaborative projects.[citation needed] In modern Asia rotating credit associations organized within communities or workplaces were widespread through the early 20th century and continue in our time.[4] Habitat for Humanity in the United States is a leading example of shared credit and labor pooled to help low-income people afford adequate housing.

When choosing a charity it is best to consider the facts. Over time Kids Support Network has grown in it’s outreach capabilities and will continue to support as many as it can. With the support of neighbors and community it is proven that when times are tough Americans stick together. This link has been added for your convenience and consideration when researching.

http://www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/SearchCharity.aspx.

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September 25, 2011
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September 25, 2011
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I have been very involved with this organization for many years. I have never seen any mis-use of funds. All charitable orgainizations have overhead expenses; KSN is no different. The Director of KSN strives to keep administrative costs to a minimum. Anyone who reviews the charity finances will clearly see that; if they think otherwise, I suggest they re-take elementary math! Kids Support Network does great work for local children who truly need assistance. By posting bogus and false statements on this website, you are keeping disadvantaged children from recieving the help they need!!!

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I would not change anything. KSN does very noble work. More people should get invloved.

September 12, 2011
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September 12, 2011
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I reviewed the 990 forms for tax years 2010 and 2009 for Kids Support Network available on the Guidestar website and discovered some major red flags concerning this organization. Three people are involved in this organization, and two of them live at the same address, although they have different last names. Of the management expenses, the major portion ( $55,413 in 2010 and $158,871 in 2010) were paid to an unspecified "FAI Registered Fundraiser". I'm not sure what FAI means. These amounts appear to be excessive plus they are not management, but fundraising expenses. The amount that they claim was spent on charitable programs was listed as non-monetary contributions to other charities: Salvation Army, NCEON, National Childrens Center, Goodwill, Adventists Community Services. The amounts were listed as clothes, toys, and misc. and valuation was by Thrift Store FMV, not cost. So they are soliciting donations so that they can donate used items to other charities. They are not buying new backpacks as they claim.

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I have no personal experience of the results and doubt that there is anyone who does. I regret the time that I spent checking this charity out; it could have been better spent.

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I wish I had not donated to them in the past. They are obviously misappropriating funds.

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

Actually, the Md State Comptroller's Charitable Organization website states that their income was $161, 452 and their charitable programs expended $101, 048. The rest ($58,865.00) is management costs; there are no fund-raising costs.

They are in Linthicum, MD, and seem to be legitimate.
Funds are used for toys, clothes, school supplies and food for disadvantaged children, as well as drives for donations in kind.

Four stars because they return about 2/3 of income to the community, and fund-raising seems to be by volunteers.

http://www.sos.state.md.us/charity/SearchCharity.aspx

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Donations to local disadvantaged youth programs.

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May 16, 2011
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May 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

The MD Secretary of State website indicates that $161,000 of the $161,500 this organization takes in goes for internal use -- 'management and general expenses'. Draw your own conclusions!

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Calling my house and asking for money.

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Make it an honest charity.

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