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Missouri's 15 Worst Charities

Charities are required to file periodic financial reports with the Missouri Attorney General and the Internal Revenue Service documenting their fundraising expenditures and explaining how donations were spent. Under guidelines issued by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), organizations should dedicate at least 65% of their funds to charitable programs, with no more than 35% toward administrative and fundraising costs. The following charities solicit donations in Missouri and failed to meet that standard based on their most recent financial reports. This is not an exclusive list, but represents the 20 charities that fell farthest from the BBB guidelines.

 
ORGANIZATION TOTAL EXPENDITURES AMOUNT USED FOR CHARITABLE CAUSE PURPOSE
Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP)—Troy, Michigan $1,853,144 2.22% Purpose: Educate teenagers on the effects of alcohol.
Cancer Survivor's Fund—Missouri, Texas $2,402,824 3.13% Provide counseling, scholarships and prosthetic appliances to cancer survivors.
Wishing Well Foundation—Metairie, Louisiana $1,307,437 4.43% Fulfill the fondest wish for any terminally ill child not expected to reach the age of 18.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation—Farmingdale, New York $6,082,790 4.95% To provide much needed financial assistance to individuals that have been affected by a fire or disaster, and to support other disaster or prevention related charities, institutions, and volunteer fire departments.
Wishing Well Foundation—Sarasota, Florida $1,296,970 5.78% Provide aid to disabled and terminally ill children through public education, purchases of medical equipment, advocacy, referral services and granting wishes.
Multiple Sclerosis Fund, Inc.—Green Bay, Wisconsin $182,645 7.90% To provide much needed financial assistance to individuals that have been affected by a fire or disaster, and to support other disaster or prevention related charities, institutions, and volunteer fire departments.
Reserve Police Officers Association—Yonkers, New York $745,371 8.21% Provide assistance to law enforcement by providing equipment assistance, education, and training for law enforcement officers.
The Veteran's Fund—Chesapeake, Virginia $1,466,500 8.44% Develop and support programs that undergird veterans’ mental, physical, and emotional recovery, and encourage all Americans to become regularly involved in helping bring them a daily sense of worth, joy, and hope.
Foundation for American Veterans, Inc.—West Bloomfield, Michigan $5,141,472 8.98% Promoting social and recreational welfare for current and past U.S. Armed Forces members, dependents, widows, widowers, and others.
Union Breast Cancer Foundation—Huntington, New York $2,428,818 9.13% To make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. UBCF provides grants to hospitals and community health centers to benefit patients.
Firefighters Support Services, Inc.—Wyandotte, Michigan $1,477,393 10.26% To aid burn victims and provide tracking/locator equipment to firefighters.
Big Hope, Inc.—Anderson, South Carolina $3,722,051 10.39% To bring relief to orphans, sick children, and families in need.
The Committee for Missing Children—Lawrenceville, Georgia $2,644,646 11.20% To assist in the search and recovery of missing children and educate on safety and prevention.
Disabled Police Officers of America—Niceville, Florida $1,056,899 11.33%
To provide educational programs for police officers.
 
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