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Marketers keep 80% of funds raised
for state Police Athletic League

The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Harvey Lipman

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/14/2013 10:37:11 AM

The Police Athletic League of New Jersey has angered local PAL directors by conducting a telephone fundraising campaign in their back yards and sharing little if any of the money raised. The private companies hired by the state organization to make the calls have done quite well, however. According to the state PAL’s most recent tax return, of the $922,205 three companies raised for the organization in 2010, $730,568 — or nearly 80 percent — was kept by the firms. And the non-profit’s current contracts with two of the solicitors — on file with the Attorney General’s Office — show
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It´s for the kids, with a modest share going to our friends.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rayscain, 1/14/2013 11:08:05 AM     (No. 9115614)

This has been going on for many, many years in New Jersey!

Over 20 years ago there was a story in the paper about how much the donation seekers kept vs how much the Police charity received. It was shocking! The percentage given to the charity was around 4%, the balance went to the donation seekers! SCAM at its ugliest!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue Hen1, 1/14/2013 11:09:15 AM     (No. 9115617)

Same thing in Delaware, wont take the calls anymore.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/14/2013 11:44:56 AM     (No. 9115731)

They staff their call centers with anyone who can talk. I made the mistake one time of sending them $5, and then they began to call every week. I finally told a caller not to call anymore, that I was sick of being inundated with requests and hung up. He called me back to tell me I was a b**** because I didn´t donate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: deepthinker, 1/14/2013 12:29:58 PM     (No. 9115816)

Why on earth would I give my credit card number to some voice on the phone, who called me? Usually with their caller id masked and representing some vague "charity" with a name cruising on the instant credibility of having one of the words "veterans","police", "firefighters", "womens´ health", "animal welfare..." included?
When I KNOW the lion´s share of this money goes to the fundraisers?

Here in CA, we had a guy prosecuted (finally!) recently. Seems his "charity" was set up to give away what was "left over" after covering the fundraising costs--which included an extremely high "salary" for himself. Investigators found that not one cent had ever gone to the "cause" used to tug on suckers´ heartstrings.

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