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American Diabetes Association, Inc.
November 15, 2012

I looked up the addresses for every Director of the Board for ADA (there were over 25 of them!). I mailed each a 2-page letter expressing disappointment as a parent of a diabetic that they squandered such valuable donations by letting telemarketers keep over 3/4 of donations. I asked for a response on this corporate bungle. That was 7 weeks ago. How many replies did I get? Zero (no: one did came back — “addressee unknown” — from UCSD). I can only take it as arrogance that none saw fit to reply to a diabetes stakeholder. ADA directs only 4% of donations from fundraising events for cure research, though they use the CURE as the hook to raise 89% of donations (not even counting the telemarketers' cut). ADA seems a massive imposter. Children and adults continue to suffer and die waiting for a cure, while ADA lets fundraisers pocket absurd percentages of money entrusted to them by donors who want it spent on badly needed research. Shame on them.

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