On a Saturday morning while running errands usually one might notice a few men collecting money at the corner of any two busy intersections. People give the sticky change that has been laying in their car baking for three months, to the organization. Little do they know that the money they worked hard to scrape from the bottom of the ashtray in twenty seconds while at a stoplight is not going where they think. A recent investigation found that a firm run by Missouri’s top police officials has raised millions of dollars on behalf of charity (Bill Smith A 7). More than 80% of the contributions have gone to the foundation’s Texas based fundraiser (Bill smith A 7).
Of a reportedly 3.1 million dollars raised between 2000 and 2004, an estimated 520,000 dollars, or about 17 cents of each dollar, has been returned to the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation, state records show. The remaining 2.5 million dollars, or 83 cents of every dollar, went to the United Appeal Inc. United Appeal is profitable organization owned by Bruce Yablonsky, a businessman in Plano, Texas (Bill Smith A 7).
Most of the moneys have gone to administrative expenses, such as salaries and benefits, according to the companies tax records. People believed they were giving to a charity and they were deceived. Not many would give to a profitable organization that pays salaries with the collections. The solicitors ...
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