The FTC and law enforcement partners from every state and DC have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million.
So many of us have lost loved ones to cancer. I lost two amazing brothers, Jay and Joe, when they were in their 50’s, to this dreaded disease. Cancer touches nearly everyone, making it easier for scam artists to encourage donors to let emotions control their pocketbook.
The damage bad-actors cause in the nonprofit world is exponential. In addition to financial resources being diverted from important charitable work, donors may lose faith in legitimate nonprofit organizations. Distrust can lead to more and more local, state, and federal regulation, adding increased administrative costs for nonprofit operation. On an even higher level, federal laws may be enacted that restrict tax deductibility of donations.
Take a minute and visit the link for a blog posted on May 21, 2015 at the Nonprofit LawProfBlog site.
Often good people do not suspect bad-actors. From my perspective, I have the honor of working with nonprofit organizations that carefully consider and observe best practices for corporate governance and diligent attention to ensuring every possible dollar goes toward the stated mission.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Do Good – Be Good.