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Less money going to NC charities as donations go down

Posted December 13, 2011

— More than $26 million was raised for charities in North Carolina in the 2011 fiscal year, but a little more than 49 percent actually went to the charities, according to a report the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office released Tuesday.

The report covers charities which raise money through the help of private fundraising groups. It shows that charities licensed by the state collected $26,716,762 from North Carolinians from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Of that, $13,215,195 went directly to charities. 

Last fiscal year, nearly 54 percent of funds went to directly charities, the report found.

"As the economy is down, the dollars that are going from citizens to charities is also down," Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said during a press conference at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. "Sadly, the percentage that's actually gone to the good works of the charities is down slightly. We all know that costs have gone up in a lot of things, and that's true in fundraising as well." 

Marshall said because of the added costs, the contracts for fundraising groups might be higher. 


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  • josecleveland Dec 14, 2011

    Don't forget...all this may be, unfortunately true, however, in Buffalo, everyone has to work out...due to our borders. The informal internat'l bridge that me & others went over ..., the non-pay-me $$ from Govt to me and their uplifting of me as a Prophet and against my will. Neuro-drug by Kadafi says Clintons & they probably wd or Obamas' confirm...yet we were all told by each other...to work out..physically & of course, we are safer Sinsai.

  • carydaddy Dec 14, 2011

    Redrubberball1 -- I don't give to organizations that spend more than 20 percent on expenses. That means 80 cents of every dollar contributed has to be used for helping people. The trouble with these charities is that they've found an easy way for someone else to give them money. Unfortunately for every dollar you donate through this method, another dollar goes to the fundraiser. That's terrible!

  • Snookyone Dec 14, 2011

    I read a poster that attibutes the blame "Rich people telling other Rich people to tell the Middle Class to blame the Poor". I believe that is true.

  • redrubberball1 Dec 14, 2011

    Study the list! Some charities receive nothing; all funds go to fundraising. I don't give to anything that has fundraising expenses over 10-20%. It's a scam.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 14, 2011


    If you think the $97K salary is bad, check out the Triangle United Way CEO's salary.

    Just saying.

  • udaycoosay Dec 14, 2011

    I think government should take all of our money - it's only fair.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 14, 2011

    I like that the Raleigh Rescue Mission's CEO makes $97k a year, that is a waste and I will not support this.

  • carydaddy Dec 14, 2011

    The form says that Sylvia B. Wiggins claimed compensation of $5,508 for the year. Drill down and you will see that the remaining compensation funds were used to pay for fundraising, management and general expenses, and program expenses. Nothing wrong here, but people who do make a donation to any charity may want to find out how much of their donation goes to cover overhead.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 14, 2011

    Checked the Triangle United Way CEO's annual salary.

    I thought the Helping Hand Mission has the lowest administrative expense. I could be wrong. We have been making donation to the Helping Hand Mission and the Triangle Family services. Another good one to check out is the StepUP Ministry.
    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

  • redoit2000 Dec 14, 2011

    According the the NC Secretary of State's website, the Helping Hand Mission has an income of less than $300,000 per year and the executive director works part time for less than $6,000 per year. You can see this in their filed tax form 990. Not sure where you're getting your information that she makes over $100,000.