Top 10 US charities for 2013

Collectively, the 25 largest U.S. charities pulled in $30 billions of donations. Here's the top 10.

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Dec 5, 2013 7:55AM

Charities; CEOs Annual Salaries -



March of Dimes: Only TEN (10) CENTS of Every Dollar Reaches the Needy;

Goodwill Industries: $2.3 MILLION Dollars;

American Red Cross: $651,000. + Expenses;

United Way: $375,000 + Expenses


Salvation Army: $13,000 + Housing costs.

The American Legion: $0.

The VFW: $0.

The DAV: $0.

Make a Wish (For Children’s Last Wishes): $0.

St. Jude Research Hospital: $0.

Ronald McDonald House: $0.

Lions Club: $0.00

Dec 10, 2013 6:23AM
Why don't you write an article showing where the money actually goes when United Way gets it ...because their executives make sure they get the bulk of it ! This makes me so angry... write about the charities who actually give the money to those in need . They are criminals as the person who made a statement before me said .. Pure and Simple ... Criminals !! 
Dec 5, 2013 12:50PM
United Way is a terrible charity.  What do they actually give to charitable causes?  Like $0.10 on every dollar.  They are criminals.  
Dec 10, 2013 5:38AM
The "compensation" that Brian Gallagher gets for running the United Way is exactly why I won't give to that charity!!
Dec 10, 2013 7:32AM
Why not do a article on what percentage goes to helping people. United Way has one of the largest overheads of any charity around with very little of the money going to help compared to what they bring in.
Dec 10, 2013 9:20AM
I don't believe that the Salvation Army overpays the executives, and I believe they do the most charitable work with the donations received.
Dec 10, 2013 7:01AM

Remembering to include animals in charitable donations is well worth doing, particularly if you can spend some time helping your local shelter as a volunteer or learning to help with humane feral cat population control programs. The appreciation you can receive from animals you've helped can be quite unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Dec 10, 2013 9:21AM
We switched from Goodwill to Salvation Army when we saw the report on salaries for the the big shots and how little their people were paid. Also, Goodwill resells your stuff whereas SA actually gives it to people in need. They will also pick up your stuff, including furniture, Goodwill won't.  My job also pushes United Way every year just so they can get that stupid Toqueville Award and we have to listen to that crap for almost 2 months! I don't donate to them either.
Dec 10, 2013 8:35AM
Give Direct to your local charity that YOU feel does the best job.  United Way does not directly help anyone. They are money middle men that collect large sums of money and then redistributes some of it to the charities that actually do the work.

Any non-profit charity will take a direct donation and they will give you a receipt for your taxes.  

Adopt an under-privileged family for Christmas!
Dec 10, 2013 5:44AM
What the hell goodwill do besides sell what you give them. Now that's a rip-off 
Dec 10, 2013 6:00AM

Most every Govt. agency pushes united way they are very connected..


I thought the Shriners was a rip off till I saw united way and the games they played...

Dec 10, 2013 9:22AM
I never asked for any charity I never needed it .however I always give to the salvation army .they were the only charity I ever received from . working as a fireman in n y they always came with the sally wagon on a long cold nights at fires . giving coffee tea cookies etc to us as well as displaced residents some times even some canned chili and bread water etc.i was asked to ring the bell at a local supermarket and was amazed how little money any body gave after 3 hours we  got like 20 bucks .  rather than continue the futility my co worker and I threw in 50.00 each to the can and went  to the was basically a waste of time.i also worked for general motors briefly 2 years and yes the human resources person strong armed me into giving half of one percent of my salary to the united way. I never would give them a further dime 
Dec 10, 2013 6:21AM
All these charities are a rip off! the CEO's get a bundle let them give up there salaries. so tired of hearing all this BS. and we shouldn't be spending tax dollars to send OBAMA to a funeral in South Africa. he should have his **** in the oval office chair working on creating jobs for Americans and all our other problems we have in this great nation! wonder what it costs to travel to South Africa with Clinton and Bush and all the rest.  fuel for air force 1, security, food drinks etc. sounds like a party to me. not a wake and who cares anyway? the guy is DEAD he's taken that dirt nap just call 1-800 Flowers have them do it. it's a cost savings!      
Dec 10, 2013 9:18AM

I want to know why the Gov., Attorney General or one of our Gov. Reps doesn't go after these criminals for ripping off the public. If one of us did this, we'd be brought up on charges. Why are these "Charities allowed to operate when they're taking 80-90% of the money received ? We give to charities believing the money we give is going to help those in "NEED". I understand there's expenses, but paying out millions of dollars to execs. is criminal. Who do these people answer to ? Where's our Government officials ? Why aren't these execs brought before the Senate Committee to answer for their actions ?  

As of today, I'm done with these charities. I will donate my money to local Charities, food banks, animal shelters. This is total B/S  

Dec 10, 2013 9:06AM
There is a website that breaks down charities and actually give you numbers on how very little actually goes to the cause, I quit giving to charities because of this, I had a woman get mad at me at a Kangaroo gas station because I wouldnt giveup my change for for a charity they were collcting for and explained to her what money went where, I wont go to that chain of gas stations anymore because of the way she treated me, There should be a law concerning this matter
Dec 10, 2013 8:26AM
Left out NFL - Non profit organization.
Dec 10, 2013 10:03AM
Um, goodwill isn't a charity!  They are a BUSINESS!
Dec 10, 2013 10:53AM
This topic should stir some emotions. The U.S. by far is the largest country to give to charities and engage in volunteering... and it is good, very good. But, I myself do not give to the big charities mentioned because of the amount of administration dollars they take out. I'm VP of a volunteer Doctor of Optometry based organization, we have 38 State chapters, 13 student Chapters and 12 Foreign Chapters. We travel the world providing eye examinations and providing free prescription eye wear to the poor. All volunteer, everybody pays there own way. Just got back from Tanzania where we saw 2,633 patients in four days. Why am I telling you this? -- because not one red cent is ever, ever is used for any kind of administration... all volunteer for the passion to help someone you don't even know that's in need.  
Dec 10, 2013 9:31AM
I give to certain charities.  I'm probably being too sensitive but the title of this article, "These Charities Really know how to RAKE IT IN" sounded offensive.  "Rake it in" carries a negative connotation (which may not have been intended by the author.)  To be sure, some charities are a scam, some are poorly run, over staffed, or officers too highly compensated, but some are genuinely altruistic and run well.  To me, "rake it in" just carries a negative connotation.
Dec 10, 2013 9:39AM
They should be brought up on charges for running a scam company. Misleading the public and basically stealing from the American public. When we donate, we believe "most" of the money will go to help those who are in need of this money. We don't give our hard earned money to some thief who diverts 3-4 mil to his personal bank acct. The Gov needs to step in and make these people accountable for the money they receive. Every dollar should be accounted for just like any other business. There should be a salary cap placed on the execs. Why hasn't the Senate Committee stepped in and brought these criminals before them to answer for their behavior. Answer the question of where my money goes. How much went to the execs. What percentage went to those the money is intended for. These charities collect billions of dollars every year, WHY aren't they held accountable for where this money goes ?  As of today, my money goes to local charities, food bank, animal shelters. I am done giving my money away so some **** can live in a mansion. This is wrong on so many levels. Why is it allowed to happen ?
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