October 31, 2012
If you donate to HSUS, you are funneling a chunk of that money to some of the sleaziest professional fundraising companies in the world. Quadriga Art (Google CNN's investigation of them) and Share Group (shut down last year for fraudulent reporting) are two of their many liars for hire. CharityWatch, the Einstein of charity watchdogs (Charity Navigator is the Paris Hilton of the bunch), gives HSUS a D for spending 48% of our taxpayer-subsidized donations on fundraising. Animal rights newpaper Animal People concurs, noting that direct mail solicitations requesting money are fundraising, not charitable services. How difficult is this concept? In 2002, Worth Magazine spent 6 months investigating American charities to find the 100 Best and 10 Worst. Worth's sources included Charity Watch. HSUS was one of the 10 worst. Three years ago, Worth, no longer an investigative magazine, spent around an hour compiling a list of the 10 most financially efficient charities. Their only source: Kim Kardashian aka Charity Navigator. HSUS made that list. When you promote or reward groups like HSUS, you are keeping crooked mail mills and telefundraisers in business; you are betraying the donor public and you are diverting money away from the intended beneficiaries. I'm embarrassed for Great Nonprofits and Charity Navigator.
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