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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, June 26:
Individual Americans gave about $217 billion to charity in 2011. Even with a less than robust economy, charitable giving continues to increase.
But how much of that money actually went directly to the charitable causes?
It's a question many are asking after the Tampa Bay Times published a story last week that ranked the 50 Worst Charities in the country. The Times came up with their figures by comparing fundraising expenses to how much was spent on services. For some on the list, more than 80% of the money taken in went to fundraising.
Three charities from central Pennsylvania were listed in the "worst" rankings.
Are the rankings fair and does it really matter? If nothing else, the story brought attention to how charities raise money, how they spend it, what is acceptable, and what would-be-contributors should know before deciding how to give.
Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk will focus on charitable giving and provide valuable information to those who open their wallets.
Appearing on the program will be Daniel Borochoff, President and Founder of CharityWatch, a nationally respected charity watchdog, and Patrica Mogan, the Standards for Excellence Officer with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
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