For the past two weeks or so I have received repeated phone calls from this number 317-788-2600 and it says Childhood Leuk in my caller ID. None of these calls leaves a message about anything. They are all made by an auto dialer and you pick up the phone to say something there’s no one there.
I did a little research and it turns out that Childhood Leuk and the 1(317)788-2600 phone number belonged to a charity called the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. This sounds like a big nationally known charity, but according to CharityNavigator.org it is not. It is a very small charity with assets of under $2 million that has a very poor one star rating based on what percentage of monies raised goes to those that it is intended for. It actually had the lowest rating of any charity out there!
Apparently, by looking at the information on CharityNavigator it looks like the Childhood Leukemia Foundation does a lot of expensive advertising and fundraising and they literally pays out half or more of what they take in to cover this. Their CEO or the person basically running this small charity takes a fairly hefty salary for such a small charity. Their salary is $140,000 a year and is around 6% of the total revenue for the charity.
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The Salvation Army, by comparison is 1,000 times its size and the CEO equivalent there only takes a very minimal salary of between $25,000 and $50,000 per year. So obviously, just by looking at the information on CharityNavigator.org it is pretty blatant that this charity is not really much of a charity and it’s more of a six-figure salary creator for the person running it rather than getting the monies raised to those that need it the most and those that it isn’t initially intended for.
Add to this their use of auto dialers which I think are illegal in most states if not all for fundraising and telemarketing purposes, and they’re quite a little annoying operation. Basically what it shows me is that any Tom, Dick or Harry can go out and create a charity with a mock up of some other national charity’s name to give it instant credibility and then use this to create for themselves a plush, easy six-figure income under the auspices of helping others.
Nothing sickens me more than those that intend to profit largely off of charities and the like in a negative way. Now there are many great charities out there that do give a lot of money to help those in need. Obviously the best charity out there percentagewise for giving monies raised to those that need it the most is the Salvation Army at over 80%. The childhood leukemia foundation is on the far other side where the majority of the monies raised go to pay expenses, fundraising and advertising, salaries and more. Little if any goes to help those in need.
Be careful and vigilant at the same time with these charities. Be sure and use a reliable website resource like CharityNavigator.org (and of course ReportYourComplaint.com) to sift out the good from the bad. There are many good charities out there, but as the FBI once said on their website, there are many more bad ones. So to make sure the money that you donated with the intention of helping others gets there be sure and check out any charity to which you wish to donate to beforehand.
And as to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, I would definitely avoid that one because all you’re doing is enriching the person that runs it.