I have a friend who is terminally ill with cancer and has reached out to this organization a year ago. They completed the paperwork and did everything they were supposed to do. They have spoken to three different people who tell them every time that the director hasn't reviewed their account yet. The last time they called they were told that he still hasn't reviewed their account but they could help themselves by having an auction? He is terminally ill and unable to go to the store let alone throw an auction. If he could "help himself" he wouldn't be reaching out to a charity for help. I feel like he has been mislead and I'm curious how many other cancer patients have received this same treatment.
Review from Guidestar
I believe that this organization is being fraudulent in claiming that their primary purpose is "to provide Direct Financial Assistance to cancer patients and their families." Their IRS Form 990 available for years 2008-2010 indicates that they have spent OVER 75% of their revenue annually on professional fundraising fees and approximately 2.5% on direct financial assistance to cancer patients. Personally, I'd be very curious to know whether or not the Executive Director (Rock Mangus) is related to the owner of the fundraising organization that they employ.
I received a call today asking to donate to this organization in the form of a cookbook purchase, which would be delivered to my door Monday. I asked for them to call me back after I'd had a chance to review their website (CancerFund.org). On the website I saw the GuideStar logo and clicked through until I could see their 990's (tax returns). From what I can tell the 2008 990 showed that: * Mission of Hope raised over $325,000 in 2008, all of it through a telemarketing vendor. The vendor kept $238,000 in fees (73%). * Mission of Hope spent $46,000 (14%) delivering services that would benefit people with cancer. Of that amount, $39,200 was for general assistance (answering questions over the phone, for example) amd giving out information at health fairs and similar events. Only $8,600 (2.6%) went to "direct financial assistance", which they state on their homepage as their "primary purpose." I'm very aware of how important it is to assess nonprofits on more than financials, but these ratios are very, very troubling.
Review from Guidestar