Beaver State Crackdown

February 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM Leave a comment

An editorial from the Oregonian says the state’s attorney general is cracking down on nonprofits which are keeping a decidedly high percentage of their funds for themselves:

Just before Christmas, [Attorney General John] Kroger released a list of 20 charities of all kinds that spent more than 75 percent of their donations on their own management costs and fund-raising — leaving only pennies of every donated dollar for the people they professed to help.

Government oversight of the nonprofit sector tends to be lax because that’s not where the (big) money is. The cases like this we’ve notice at Giving Click tend to involve charities which claim to help veterans. Perhaps the idea that veterans are being cheated is compelling enough to make it good politics to investigate.

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