Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fraudulent Charity Organizations

Fraudulent Charity Organizations

Nongovernmental organizations and charity organizations are viewed by increasingly large number of people as a scam. The credit for these organizations being labelled as a scam goes to the hard work done by the few organizations; which took healthcare sector, cancer societies, and drug rehabilitation as money making opportunities. These fraudulent organizations have given a bad name to a lot of people doing good work.

Just like drug rehabilitation, breast cancer societies, have been targeted by profiteers and fraudsters, who have invented cunning ways to swindle people out of their money. The breast cancer industry also known as the pink parade is a six billion dollar industry and every year even more money is poured in. Charities and other philanthropic organizations conduct vast fund raising and so called awareness campaigns. Though, do you know what they are really doing in these activities? Or do you know the allocation and utilization of the funds collected? It is impossible to monitor and check every charity but you can still research and donate to the right one. 

As per there drivers, these breast cancer organizations  have educational programs about breast cancer, in which after creating the so called awareness about the disease and the plight of the patient, donors are asked to come forward and help the charities in their cause for finding a cure. It all seems for a good cause. Everyone donates, once caught with the pink fever.

However no cure is insight, not at least for the foreseeable future. We are the same place as we were a decade ago. So when asked about the utilization of the money, these organizations will do everything to divert attention from the topic. Why? Because most of the money goes in to paying the staff and the largest checks go into the banks of the board of directors. Many organizations raise funds by either selling their own merchandise or by collaborating with brands. The brands and companies supporting the pink parade, often claim to donate a certain percentage, from the sale of a certain product. However if you read the fine print, you will find out that the donations have a cap.  And most of these brands jump the pink ribbon bandwagon to increase their sales

Not all the so called charities are so bad, some have good intentions. Just that their efforts are misplaced. For instance some charities even though are trying to help, end up contributing in a useless way.  Then there are those who are making genuine and sincere efforts. Some organizations have taken the charge in the fight against breast cancer. 

These charities run effective and transparent operations. Their authenticity and credibility can be verified by watch dogs and reviews. Most of the reputable charities are often accredited institutionally and refrain from working with health care providers and research institutes which are shady. It is imperative that you do your homework before donating. So that your money is spent in the right way and not squandered.

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