Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Cancer charities that suck
Even though a part of me doubts that you can actually BEAT cancer (since it's just the body's normal cell replication gone awry) it's still probably a good idea to donate to all the cancer charities.
However, we should always be mindful of their overhead - a charity that needs to take 25% of your donation to pay for salaries, or more, isn't doing a good job. Occasionally, the ones with the biggest marketing campaigns actually donate the smallest percentage to their charity (even if they do raise more per capita).
So how do they check out? Here's what Charity Navigator says about some poor performers (out of 4 stars)
Cancer Fund of America - 0 stars
Israel Cancer Association USA - 0 stars
American Institute for Cancer Research - 1 star
American Breast Cancer Foundation - 1 star
And some good ones:
American Cancer Society - 3 stars
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - 4 stars
ASCO Cancer Foundation - 4 stars