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Review for Mission of Hope Cancer Fund, Jackson, MI, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

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 ( 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.

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It's track record indicates it would spend $7.5 million on fees to fundraising telemarketers. I would not want this organization to have 10 million bucks.

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Role:  General Member of the Public & I was asked to donate, and did some research through GuideStar.