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)