America's Worst Charities

by
Abby Zimet

Nothing quite like ripping off dying kids in the name of personal profit. The Tampa Bay Times, working for a year in collaboration with the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, offers an explosive look at America's 50 worst "charities," which over the last ten years have raised over $1 billion but given mere pennies on each dollar - and sometimes nothing at all - to those it claims to help. Through accounting tricks, consulting fees and just plain lies, charities - many cancer and veteran-themed - instead make millions for their operators and corporate solicitors. Dante must have saved his tenth circle of hell for these people.

Dante in the First Circle

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