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U.S./world – Pocketing charity – Nonprofits’ share varies

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Charities in the U.S. get only about one-third of the $1 billion a year donated through commercial solicitors, a new survey says.

The share of solicited donations going to the charities varies based in part on the charity’s size and mission, says the survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The smallest charities – with annual revenue of less than $1 million – receive a median of only 29 cents of every dollar raised by a solicitor, with half the campaigns getting less and half getting more.

Human services groups had the lowest median returns from commercial solicitors.

Solicitors that keep most of the money they raise don’t necessarily act improperly, the Chronicle said.

But two-thirds of solicitors that routinely give their charity clients less than 15 percent of donations have been sued by state and federal agencies on charges of engaging in deceptive practices.

For full story, go to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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