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According to the Foundation Center,  a 501 nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, there are more than 2100 charities and nonprofits in Washington DC [alone] largely due to access to the federal government and advocacy. DC is only 10 miles by 10 miles so there is almost a charity or foundation on every corner within a 5 mile radius.


These 10 charities are not living up to their missions. Each spends more than 50% of its budget paying for-profit fundraising professionals to solicit your hard-earned money. They are ranked by the percentage of their total functional expenses spent on professional fundraising fees. As a result, very little of the charity’s spending is directed towards its programs and services.


Rank Charity Program Expenses Professional Fundraising Fees
1 Cancer Survivors’ Fund 7.1% 89.9%
2 Firefighters Charitable Foundation 7.0% 87.6%
3 The Committee for Missing Children 12.1% 84.9%
4 California Police Youth Charities 9.2% 82.3%
5 National Vietnam Veterans Foundation 11.5% 81.6%
6 Children’s Charity Fund, Inc. 6.1% 79.3%
7 Wishing Well Foundation USA 12.4% 78.7%
8 Law Enforcement Education Program 3.3% 76.4%
9 National Police Defense Foundation 17.7% 75.4%
10 Children’s Leukemia Research Association 31.7% 65.3%

(Source: Charity Navigator)


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