Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum today issued the Department of Justice's "20 Worst Charities" list, an annual review of organizations that spend the vast majority of the donations they receive on professional fundraising and administrative costs rather than charity. Click here to see the list.
The Attorney General encourages Oregonians to be generous in support of charities during this holiday season, but to exercise care in their giving decisions. "The vast majority of charities do excellent work to benefit our communities," said Attorney General Rosenblum. "My office is committed to ensuring the handful of unscrupulous charities out there don't exploit Oregonians' generosity and goodwill."
Well-informed and proactive donors can avoid supporting organizations that spend little on their charitable missions. Rather than responding to an unsolicited telephone call or mailing, take time to identify the causes that matter most to you, and which charities are doing important work in those areas.
The Department of Justice has developed a Wise Giving brochure that offers some basic advice to help Oregonians make the right choices when donating to charity. The organizations on this year's "Worst 20" list exemplify some "red flags," including the use of names that are confusingly similar to more reputable charities, and the use of emotionally appealing, but vague, descriptions of the charities' activities.