PLEASE INVESTIGATE CHARITIES, YOU MIGHT GET SOME SURPRISES.
In this case Innovative Teleservices was calling for the Childhood Leukemia Foundation,
807 Mantoloking Road, Suite 202, Brick, NJ 08723, tel: 888-253-7109
, fax: (732) 920-8859
This is an actual nonprofit organization that has several programs according to their most recent
online IRS 990 form:
* distributing (used? new?) laptops and Ipads to hospitals for kids in isolation
as part of "Keeping Kids Connected"
* distributing human hair caps ("Hugs U Wear")
* distributing "Wish Baskets" with pajama bottoms, games, hygiene items, and $75 gift cards
* distributing "Hope Binders" that allow parents to keep track of their children's care
for their own needs and also in case the parent needs to hand off tasks to people
in their own support network.
Here is The Childhood Leukemia Foundation's Charity Navigator page (they get 0 out of 4 stars):
Here is their 2013 IRS 990 form:
Throughout the entire history of the organization (1992 to the date of the 990 form, 2013),
they report distributing "over 6000" Wish Baskets and "over 5000" Hugs U Wear.
For 2013, they reported spending about $656K on the Keeping Kids Connected program,
$596K in 2013 on the Hugs U Wear program, $577 K on Hope Binders, and
$647K on the Wish Baskets program.
(Not sure how many of the total items were distributed in FY 2013.)
Meanwhile, they raised 5.7 MILLION dollars in contributions in 2013 alone, 5,6 MILLION in 2014.
They paid their executive director, Barbara Reid-Haramis, $153,113 in 2013, ( $182,559 in 2014).
They also spent $624K on other salaries.
They spent 71% of their income commissions, paid for outsourced fundraising, including the following:
$3,078,771 for Innovative Teleservices, Inc
2740 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
, fax: 810-989-5868
13% net returned to the charities for which they solicit funds
$540,486 for Midwest Publishing/MPI [publishing, fundraising, teleph. solicitation]
10844 N 23Rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85029
, fax: 602-331-0702
15% net returned to the charities for which they solicit funds
$82,951 for Jadent Inc [fundrasing, telemarketing]
3795 River Rd N #3C
Salem/Keizer, OR, 97303
, fax: 503-393-2063
20% net returned to the charities for which they solicit funds
They also raised $339,704 that they didn't spend at all in 2013.
The IRS looks askance at 501(c)3 organizations that have employees/directors with six-figure salaries,
unless it is clear those persons' salaries are competitive on the open market. It would seem that a
charity that can only manage to spend 22% of its income on its actual charitable programs could hire a
director that could do just as well for less than $153,113. Unfortunately, the feds will allow abuse
to go on for years before raising any questions.
Meanwhile, the rest of us get inundated with phone calls on behalf of this organization, and the
people foolish enough to donate don't realize most of their money goes into the pockets of the folks
on the phone and the folks administering the "charity," not the kids with leukemia. (And apparently,
those who do donate will get constant phone calls forever after seeking additional donations:
Here are some state website resources with data to start your research of this and other charities: