Kids Support Network
September 12, 2011
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.
Donor & I have decided not to donate. I'd much rather give my money directly to the Salvation Army and others.
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