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It doesn't get any dumber than this contest. Great Nonprofits is continuing to misdirect millions of donation decisions, rewarding the worst charities that game the system. You make it so easy for F and D rated groups - like Feed the Children and the Humane Society of the United States - to get people to post stellar reviews.
You already direct people to donate to F-rated Feed the Children, which lied to CBS about their work in Haiti - and got nailed for it. A great article about Feed the Children, "Charities Lie About Numbers To Look Good" is just one of hundreds of media stories about this horrible group, one of Great Nonprofits favorites. FTC's leader, Larry Jones, was fired after an Attorney General investigation. Child porn was found in his office when it was emptied. What a great nonprofit. Faking numbers, lying about program services, posting 5 star reviews on this site. FTC belongs under your category of "scandals."
The HSUS is facing major RICO charges that will end up with at least $20 million in penalties, according to every animal welfare and legal expert that has examined the lawsuit (they already lost rounds 1 and 2). The IRS has an open investigation of HSUS based on formal complaints from 6 members of Congress, nearly 10,000 letters from taxpayers, and thousands of pages documenting excessive lobbying. Maybe donations from readers of this site will help them pay for it. HSUS should be at the top of your list for scandals, with a South Dakota lawsuit for an illegal raid and animal seizure on the docket too - and raising tens of millions for Hurricane Sandy, reporting just $1.9 million and expenses of just $400,000 to the NY Attorney General.
To award charities top status based on 10 new, easily generated reviews alone is worse than doing nothing. You need to do some vetting and checking and include real criteria in this. I plan to alert Great Nonprofits' advisory board to this - before too much damage is done. Moreover, if either HSUS, FTC - or others like them - appears in your top charities list, each and every media outlet that covers it will be educated about their scandals and encouraged to utilize Charity Watch and not Great Nonprofits, which is corrupt charities' best friend.
Get a freaking clue. You have to know how ridiculous the contest as presented is. Why are you choosing to do this?
1 year, 11 months ago on Got Reviews?
Remember that the IRS has been "investigating" HSUS for gross violations of the laws on lobbying by tax exempt charities. The new IRS scandal reveals that not only are they a failure at regulating the hundreds of F rated charities that have proliferated under their "watch," they have chosen to expend their time doing the bidding of the White House. In other words, the tax-exempt unit of the IRS is corrupt.
Despite repeated letters from 6 members of Congress, thousands of pages of documents proving their guilt, and nearly 10,000 complaints from taxpayers, the IRS has not acted. Worse, they have allowed HSUS to manipulate the inquiry by leaking information to them.
This would be a good time to complain that the IRS is biased, compromised, and unwilling to sanction bad charities that are wealthy and politically correct. This would be a great time to expose the HSUS-IRS issue to a wider audience, file more complaints that center on the reasons the IRS has failed to act. I'd include the Inspector General's office in that effort, since they received letters of complaint about HSUS and the IRS's response a couple of years ago.
1 year, 11 months ago on Michigan Tells HSUS To Get Out | Realtree ®