Charities are required to file periodic financial reports with the Oregon Departmentof Justice documenting their national fundraising and expenditures and explaininghow donations were spent. State Attorney Ellen Rosenbaum issued a list of what she terms the "Top 20 Worst Charities" based on how little these organizations spend on administrtaive costs. Under guidelines issued by the Better Business Bureau(BBB), organizations should dedicate at least 65% of their funds to charitableprograms, with no more than 35% toward administrative and fundraising costs. Thefollowing charities registered to do business in Oregon failed to meet that standardbased on a three-year average of annual expenditures. This is not an exclusive list,but represents the 20 charities that fell farthest from the BBB guidelines. For moreinformation, visit http://www.oregonattorneygeneral.gov.Organization Average Annual Percent Spent OnExpenditures Charitable Cause
Law Enforcement $2,299,994 2.7%Education ProgramTroy, MIPurpose: To create and support educational programs for the betterment of boththe general public and the law enforcement community.Shiloh International $846,340 3.2%MinistriesLa Verne, CAPurpose: To improve the quality of life of America's disabled and needy childrenby providing medical necessities and moral support.American Medical $783,217 4.2%Research OrganizationSarasota, FLPurpose: To support medical research in the cause, cure, and treatment ofmacular degeneration. 2Firefighters Support $3,263,878 7.0%FoundationGreenfield, MAPurpose: To offer training programs and support injury prevention initiatives forfirefighters and other first responding public safety agencies.Disabled Police Officers $681,599 7.4%Counseling Center, Inc.Niceville, FLPurpose: To provide educational and counseling programs to assist disablepolice officers, and to educate the public on the needs and abilities of disabledpolice officers.Woman to Woman Breast $4,921,015 8.0%Cancer Foundation, Inc.Lauderdale Lakes, FLPurpose: To support women by promoting regular examinations, early detectionand aggressive treatment for those suffering from breast cancer.Disabled Police $1,488,122 8.8%Officers of AmericaNiceville, FLPurpose: To provide financial scholarships to those disabled and retired lawenforcement officers requesting them.Firefighters Charitable $6,924,179 8.8%FoundationFarmingdale, NYPurpose: To provide financial assistance to individuals who have been affectedby a fire or disaster and to support other disaster or prevention related charities,and volunteer fire departments.
The Wishing Well $1,249,566 10.0%FoundationMetairie, LAPurpose: Fulfilling the fondest wish for any terminally ill child not expected toreach 18 years of age.3Foundation for $6,655,583 10.2%American Veterans, Inc.West Bloomfield, MIPurpose: Promoting social and recreational welfare for current and past U.S.Armed Forces members, dependents, widows, widowers and others.Dogs Against Drugs/ $1,042,284 11.1%Dogs Against CrimeAnderson, INPurpose: Dedicated to the betterment of law enforcement K9 operationsthroughout the United States.National Vietnam $4,374,031 11.2%Veterans FoundationAlexandria, VAPurpose: Funding of programs and projects which benefit American veteransand their families.Operation Lookout $1,589,751 11.5%National Center forMissing YouthEverett, WAPurpose: To locate missing children.Committee for Missing $2,368,192 12.1%ChildrenLawrenceville, GAPurpose: Distribute pictures of missing children by encouraging educationaldealers, manufacturers and publishers to produce pages of missing children anddistribute them throughout the country.Law Enforcement $2,932,662 14.6%Legal Defense FundArlington, VAPurpose: Conduct research on legal issues, use and publish results of suchresearch; support and engage in litigation safeguarding human and civil rights;and assist similar charitable and educational organizations. 4Caring for Our $618,658 15.3%Children FoundationEverett, WAPurpose: Provide administrative assistance to other non-profits and give smallgrants to underfunded nonprofits that help victimized and missing children.United American $1,625,517 18.4%Patriots, Inc.Greensboro, NCPurpose: To value individual liberty, protect and preserve the Constitution of theUnited States and our national sovereignty, to promote Free Enterprise, NationalDefense, traditional American Values and the education of youth.National Veterans $9,333,238 18.8%Service FundDarien, CTPurpose: To inform and educate in conjunction with service-related illnesses andwork to raise public awareness of the contributions of veterans to our society.American Border $1,383,812 20.8%PatrolSierra Vista, AZPurpose: To monitor the border on regular basis and to educate the public aboutborder control issues.Dakota Indian $1,255,942 21.7%FoundationChamberlain, SDPurpose: Assist in education of Indian people and preservation of NativeAmerican culture.
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