If you choose to make a charity donation, make sure to check out the organization you’re supporting.
Ideally, a charity should spend less than 10 cents per dollar on its administrative needs — the remaining percentage should go directly to its projects. Many charities in America today don’t abide by this rule, and instead spend an unnecessary amount on things like bonuses for management, swanky offices, and parties. A few charities cross the line entirely and have been caught up in scandals involving theft, bribery, and misuse of funds.
Check out a few of the worst charities in America below:
The Salvation Army
Everyone knows The Salvation Army — they’re the people you see ringing bells at the entrance of a mall or store, collecting money during the month of December. While many of the individuals who work as bell ringers for the Salvation Army are lovely, open-minded people, the organization has shown itself to be a nest for intolerant bigots. The Salvation Army has actively campaigned against LGBT rights, and as recently as 2012, its website had links to “pray the gay away” conversion therapy websites as part of its Resources section.
Although the organization has been trying to shed its anti-gay image in the last few years by insisting its services are used by many LGBT people, its internal policies are still very discriminatory against LGBT individuals and families.