These days, there seem to be charities popping up all over the place. Many of them are legitimate, but not all of them. The problem is, it’s hard for the general public to know who they should be donating to and who is better left alone. You can’t even go by the length of time that a so-called charity has been in service, as the 10 charities that made this particular list have been around for quite a while. With that being said, they don’t spend hardly any of the money that they’re given on helping anyone. For example, for every dollar that you give the charities that are listed below, you can expect only two or three cents to go to the so-called mission that the charity is involved in. The rest of it goes to pad the pockets of the people that started the charity, at least in most cases. If you really want to donate to a charity and know that you’re not getting scammed in the process, make sure that you thoroughly check them out and find out exactly how much of that donation goes to help people before you give them a dime.
If you’re worried that you’ve already given money to a charity that doesn’t really do what it was set up to do, read through the list below. Chances are, you’re familiar with at least one or two of them.
1. Firefighters Charitable Fund
This “charity” takes advantage of people that want to help First Responders. Like most charities that are less than admirable, it creates a name that makes you believe that the money is going to help someone that might be in need, but that’s hardly the case. In this particular instance, they want you to believe that if you donate money to the charity, you’re helping firefighters but in reality, the firefighters aren’t seeing any of the money that’s donated.
2. Kids Wish Network
This is another one that preys on the kind hearts of the general public. They want you to believe that when you give them money, you’re helping kids that have terminal illnesses live out an adventure that they have wanted to do their entire lives. Again, the money doesn’t really go to help the people like it should. As much as 97 percent of the money you donate is never seen by the people that the charity was supposedly created to help in the first place.
3. Cancer Fund of America
This one sounds official, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, this so-called charity does very little, if anything, to help combat cancer. If you’re interested in directing your charitable contributions toward cancer research, consider giving money to the American Cancer Society or to a local hospital that specializes in cancer research.
4. Children’s Wish Foundation International
If you think this sounds a lot like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, you’re right. However, the two have absolutely nothing to do with one another. This particular charity likely chose this name because it does sound so much like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is a legitimate charity. Unfortunately, if you donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation International, you’ve done little more than the equivalent of opening your door and throwing your money out into the wind.
5. National Veterans Service Fund
Again, you have a charity that isn’t really helping anyone, yet it has a name that makes you believe that its sole purpose is to help veterans. This is a common concept with these types of organizations. They want to tug on your heartstrings so you’ll give them money. Therefore, they choose a name that makes you believe you’re helping someone of an honorable nature, such as veterans. In this case, don’t fall for it because they’re not really doing anything to help veterans in any capacity.
6. American Association of State Troopers
Again, you see a common theme that’s developing here. This is not a charity that really does anything to help State Troopers. Instead, they’re more interesting with helping themselves to your money. However, many people have fallen for this, thinking that the money they’re donating is really going to help State Troopers that have been injured in the line of duty. You just can’t get much lower than conning people out of money for something like this and then refusing to help those who you claim to be interested in helping.
7. Association for Firefighters and Paramedics
People have a strong desire to help First Responders, especially when they’re injured in the line of duty. This became even more prevalent after September 11th, 2001. It was right about that time that you saw a lot of these so-called charities popping up. This is another one that isn’t worth wasting your time or your money on.
8. Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth
Unfortunately, this organization doesn’t do much of anything to help find missing children. If that is where your heart leads you donate your money, consider the Center for Missing and Exploited Children instead. This one is better left alone.
9. Police Protective Fund
This organization wants you to think that they collect money and give it to surviving spouses of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, they are a lot more interested with making money for their own pockets than they are in helping anyone else. It’s sad to think that they would use the families of fallen police officers in their own scam to get money, but that is exactly what they do.
10. Firefighters Burn Fund
This is another one that claims to help First Responders and families of First Responders in need. It claims to collect money for firefighters that have been severely burned in the line of duty, helping with everything from medical bills to funeral services, as well as helping families of those individuals that did not survive. None of this is true. First and foremost, firefighters that are burned in the line of duty are covered in most cases when it comes to the medical expenses. In addition, most firefighters have a life insurance plan that comes with the job that is designed to help with exactly this type of thing. Don’t be fooled by this one.