Diana Aviv

A yearlong investigation by three news outlets that identified America’s “50 worst charities” has revived the perennial question of what the nonprofit world should do to drum out unscrupulous nonprofits and fundraisers. The inquiry by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, joined in recent months by CNN, highlighted charities that channel most of the money they raise to professional solicitors, mimic other charities’ names, deceive donors on telemarketing calls, divert money and contracts to people with ties to their organizations and use accounting tricks to inflate the amount they report spending on their missions. While anyone

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